During it's latest episode a satirical Dutch news show called "Sunday With Lubach" hosted by comedian Arjen Lubach played a mock public service announcement to raise awareness of a “devastating humanitarian crisis” in the United States, Nonsensical Rifle Addiction or NRA for short, a conspicuous reference to America's largest gun lobby.
“NRA is a constitutional disorder caused by a dysfunction of the prefrontal Second Amendment in the nonsensical cortex, causing patients to shoot people. It starts with an innocent Colt, but soon patients will show signs of shotguns, sniper rifles, and M16s even. Often, patients use silencers to hide their condition.”
The show garnered international attention earlier this year when another one of their videos went viral. The tourism board spoof responding to language in President Trump's inaugural address asks; America First, The Netherlands second?
Though the video is likely to be as polarizing as the topic of gun control itself it's hard to argue that United States isn't facing a gun violence issue. According to statistics from the Gun Violence Archive there have been nearly 12,000 gun related deaths and over 24,000 gun related injuries so far in 2017.
Research on gun violence in relation to gun control however is limited and inconclusive. Research can be found that marginally supports either conclusion -- that gun control does or does not significantly affect gun violence. When controlling for certain variables the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Center consistantly found areas with more guns had more gun deaths, but a 2003 study and a more recent 2016 study of Australia's buyback and gun ban programs found little significant change outside of normal trends.
While more extensive research into gun violence may be necessary to better inform legislative efforts and public debate the research itself is hamstrung by current legislation.
The CDC is one of the largest funders of academic research but a 1996 provision known as the Dickey Amendment prevents any funds made available to the CDC from being used to "promote or advocate gun control" which severely limited any research into gun violence.