By Dana Loesch
The CDC has declared “gun violence” a “public health emergency” for the purpose of regulating firearm ownership. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told CNN last month that it’s “pedal to the metal time” to “do something.” The “something” includes funding pro-gun control studies:
The CDC is now hoping to get a fuller picture of the data and long-neglected details on the impact of daily gun violence. The CDC and the National Institutes of Health, for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, are funding new research on guns to help reduce firearm-related injuries, deaths, crime and suicides.
Among several other gun research projects, the CDC is now providing funding to 10 state health departments so they can start collecting data in near-real time on emergency room nonfatal firearm injuries. This will allow doctors and epidemiologists to potentially identify trends and craft swift interventions, as they have done to contain the coronavirus pandemic and other national health emergencies.
Democrats claim that the CDC was barred from research of “gun violence” by pro-Second Amendment groups.
Except this is a lie. The CDC was never barred from researching “gun violence.” In 1996 a provision barring the use of taxpayer dollars to advocate for or against gun control was added to a spending bill and the language was precise (my highlight):
The left wants to politicize science and research using our tax dollars and when they were prohibited from doing so they outright lied and claimed that they were entirely barred from researching anything related to firearms. The CDC could have studied the benefits of the family unit in curtailing juvenile crime, the mental health value of having fathers in the home but they didn’t. Instead, the CDC chose not to conduct anyfirearms-related studies and stifled its own research so as to promote gun control with pro-gun control studies. The CDC destroyed their own gun control narrative in the 90s when they found that lawful defensive gun usage vastly outmeasures criminal usage:
Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.
Rosenberg is director of the National Center for Injury Prevention, a division of the National Centers for Disease Control, and the infectious-disease approach may be the only tool he has.
As a matter of fact, to the extent that it conjures up the idea of gene therapy or anti-violence vaccines, the disease model may be misleading. This isn’t:
“We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes. It used to be that smoking was a glamour symbol — cool, sexy, macho. Now it is dirty, deadly — and banned.”
There’s more: when it was discovered that the CDC inflated firearm fatality numbers they dragged their feet for two years before finally changing it. They were recently caught misrepresenting the child fatality COVID rate and in response the Wall Street Journal and Johns Hopkins publicly vetted and corrected their figures.
This is all politics, NOT science.
By the way — the “gun violence” problem isn’t a health issue, it’s a criminal issue. It’s an issue of repeat offenders driving homicide rates with illegally possessed firearms used in the commission of other crimes. I’ve spoken on and written about this extensively for years.
The CDC wants to step outside of disease control and use its federal authority to falsely present a medical need to restrict firearm ownership — just as the CDC involved itself in state-regulated lease agreements for the sake of “health.”
Federal and state governments are corrupting the definition of “public health threat” as a mechanism to collect more and more power while the people watch their rights disappear.
Even now the CDC is erasing women in the name of “science.”
The CDC is nothing more than an agency of flat-earthing witch doctors who think women don’t exist, that rental agreements and recidivism are healthcare. Defund them.