Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Bloomberg Course: Certified in Advocacy

Friday, June 21, 2019

Bloomberg Course: Certified in Advocacy

We did it. We “earned” a course certificate for the Bloomberg School’s massive open online course titled “Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change.” After six grueling weeks we have heard what Michael Bloomberg’s champions of gun control want us to hear and even caught the acknowledgement of some truths that should undermine the gun control agenda.

This week’s module included discussions on street outreach and violence mediation programs like Cure Violence. Like the similar programs discussed last week, these hinge on identifying those likely to engage in violence or to be victimized by it. Projects aiming to reduce suicide through outreach and partnerships with gun shops can be effective. Place-based interventions to maintain neighborhoods and limit the spread of criminal behavior and violence can be effective.

The common thread through these types of programs is that they are designed to target those who need that sort of intervention. In previous weeks of the Bloomberg course, the topics have been restricting who can own firearms, what sort of firearms they can own, how they can store those firearms, and so on. Then the program shifted, beginning with the discussion of hot spot policing and focused deterrence last week. Doctor Cassandra Crifasi acknowledged that the very best intervention (policy) won’t stop someone who is committed to hurting themselves or other people. 

This week’s conversation continued actual, targeted interventions. After four and a half weeks of demonizing firearms and gun owners, the Bloomberg crew finally starts to talk about policies that can actually make a difference. Readers may remember that they selectively chose which “evidence” to present to make their case for restrictive policies and lamented the protections afforded by the Bill of Rights. The Bloomberg program was taking shape. 

But it was short lived as the Bloomberg crew brought in a colleague to talk about public opinion polling on gun policy. Public policy should not be dictated by public opinion. Constitutional rights are not – and cannot – be subject to the whim of polls.

Even if public opinion polls were relevant – and they’re not – the questions asked of respondents cannot capture the nuances of actual law. A brief description of policy can be worlds apart from what anti-gun advocates are actually pushing in state houses across the country. For example, a 2016 Maine initiative on firearm background checks was defeated by voters despite polls showing that an overwhelming number of voters favored firearm background checks.

The course concluded with Doctor Daniel Webster reiterating the major points, and his belief that innovation in gun violence prevention comes from “really rigorous science blended in concert with efforts that harness the insights of the individuals who are most impacted by gun violence and have been working on the front lines to prevent it.”

The most telling examples of people working on the front lines to prevent violence are those people who are running programs like Cure Violence, Operation Ceasefire, and other outreach programs. Using modern data modeling, law enforcement and community leaders can determine when and where violence in their neighborhoods is likely to occur. None of the gun control policies championed by Everytown or any other gun control group actually target the violent criminals responsible for gun violence. In contrast, programs targeting those likely to commit the violence have actually worked in cities across the country.

Webster says, “We hope that if you engage in advocacy, that that advocacy is based on the best available data and research. There will certainly be instances in which there are policies in which there is inadequate research but you can also examine whether in essence it is evidence informed…is there data to underscore why that policy is needed and will be effective?”

Considering - and not just excusing - conflicting findings would be a good step in that direction.

We only wish that this program included more of the available data and research, and not simply the results that Bloomberg wants to see.

TRENDING NOW
SCOTUS Reverses and Remands Two NRA-ILA Backed Magazine Cases

News  

Thursday, June 30, 2022

SCOTUS Reverses and Remands Two NRA-ILA Backed Magazine Cases

One week after our landmark victory in NYSRPA v. Bruen, the Supreme Court issued orders in two other NRA-ILA backed cases. Those cases, ANJRPC v. Bruck and Duncan v. Bonta, challenge New Jersey and California laws that ban magazines capable ...

The Dominoes Begin to Fall: NJ Amends Permit Rules After Bruen

News  

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The Dominoes Begin to Fall: NJ Amends Permit Rules After Bruen

New Jersey’s acting Attorney General, Matthew J. Platkin, issued a directive “clarifying requirements for carrying firearms in public” a day after the historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in New York State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. ...

California Leaks Personal Data of Carry Permit Holders

News  

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

California Leaks Personal Data of Carry Permit Holders

On Monday June 27, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the launch of the California Department of Justice (DOJ)’s Firearms Dashboard Portal. The data tool was designed to give granular firearm transaction and Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit ...

NRA Wins Supreme Court Case, NYSRPA v. Bruen

News  

Second Amendment  

Thursday, June 23, 2022

NRA Wins Supreme Court Case, NYSRPA v. Bruen

The National Rifle Association (NRA) welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen. The Court affirmed that the right to bear arms does not stop at a person’s front door. This is the most ...

Supreme Court Gets it Right, Congress Gets it Wrong

Friday, June 24, 2022

Supreme Court Gets it Right, Congress Gets it Wrong

On Thursday, SCOTUS released a historic decision in the NYSRPA v. Bruen case when they found the Second Amendment protects the right of law-abiding Americans to carry a firearm outside of the home. Despite the hysteria from ...

Delaware: Gun & Mag Bans Going to Gov. Carney

Friday, June 17, 2022

Delaware: Gun & Mag Bans Going to Gov. Carney

Last night, the House passed Senate Bill 6, to ban many standard capacity magazines in common use, sending it to Governor John Carney’s desk. The Senate passed House Bill 450, to ban many commonly-owned firearms, and ...

Delaware: General Assembly Passes Bills for Age Discrimination & Lawsuits Against Firearm Industry

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Delaware: General Assembly Passes Bills for Age Discrimination & Lawsuits Against Firearm Industry

Yesterday, the House voted 23-18 to pass Senate Bill 302 and the Senate voted 14-7 to pass House Bill 451. HB 451 then went back to the House, which voted 25-15 to concur. These two ...

Delaware: Senate Executive Committee Passes All Anti-Gun Bills

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Delaware: Senate Executive Committee Passes All Anti-Gun Bills

Today, the Senate Executive Committee passed all of the anti-gun bills before them. Yesterday, the House passed House Bill 423 by a vote of 40-0 and House Bill 451 by a vote of 27-13.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

California: Legislature Ignores SCOTUS and Continues to Push Gun Control

Monday, June 27, 2022

California: Legislature Ignores SCOTUS and Continues to Push Gun Control

Last week, the United States Supreme Court handed down a huge victory for gun owners, confirming what has been known all along: that the 2nd Amendment is not a second class right and should not be treated ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.