House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked Speaker Paul Ryan during a phone call Friday morning whether he would be open to lifting a ban on government-funded research into gun violence, according to a source familiar with the call. It was the first time the two had spoken specifically about easing the prohibition.Pelosi is doing the bidding of the gun ban lobby who wants an end to the 19-year-old ban on federal research that promotes gun control. Pelosi claims including the measure in the omnibus spending bill will help the measure pick up the Democratic votes that are needed to pass the bill as many of the conservative members of the House are likely to vote against the bill.
Ryan (R-Wis.) is personally opposed to removing the ban, a source close to him said, but it is unclear how he responded to Pelosi. Still, the phone call, which was confirmed by aides in both parties, made progress toward reaching a deal on a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill.
It is a myth that no research has been done on the topic of crime committed with firearms. According to the Crime Prevention Reearch Center, whether you look at the number of total articles or total pages, firearms related research has been as high or higher than when the restrictions were enacted.