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Wed Dec 16, 2015, 06:23 PM

Congress Poised To Keep Banning Gun Violence Research

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of a school shooting in Oregon this fall, it briefly appeared that Congress was willing to reconsider its two-decade ban on the use of taxpayer dollars to research the health impact of gun violence.

There was nothing particularly different about the moment, sad as that may be. The death toll was high, with nine people murdered at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. But school shootings have happened with regularity for years. And even in the wake of worse instances of gun violence, there were no serious efforts to undo the ban that prevents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from conducting gun-related research.

What was different this fall was that gun control advocates prioritized reversing the research ban (perhaps recognizing that their other objectives were futile). Moreover, presidential candidates as ideologically asymmetrical as Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson said it was time to reconsider it. But perhaps most symbolically, the original author of the ban, former Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ark.), called on lawmakers to undo it.

“I have regrets,” he told The Huffington Post in October.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/congress-gun-violence-research_5671bde3e4b0688701dbee36

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2015, 06:33 PM

1. I would listen to arguments claiming that Republican politicians are actually human...

... I just won't believe them.

It's nice that Dickey has seen the error of his ways, it's just too little too late.

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Response to gregcrawford (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 16, 2015, 06:41 PM

3. I always like how former politicians repudiate the bad policies they once advocated in office.

How useless.

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2015, 06:34 PM

2. K & R for exposure. nt

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Wed Dec 16, 2015, 07:01 PM

4. "thoughts and prayers", but don't REALLY think about it

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Response to MariaThinks (Original post)

Thu Dec 17, 2015, 07:53 PM

5. i notice that there are no comments from gun supporters asking for 'evidence'

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Response to MariaThinks (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 17, 2015, 08:19 PM

6. Uhhh, you do know that Pres. Obama commissioned the CDC to do a study on

firearm violence in 2013 don't you?
The results were surprising, it had something for the pro 2A forces and something for the gun control org.

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Response to GGJohn (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 10:49 AM

7. that's only one study and commissioned by the President - and Obama is in favor of strong gun contro

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Response to MariaThinks (Reply #7)

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 11:03 AM

8. The CDC has always been able to do fiream studies,

what they're not allowed to do is use biased based stats.
The DoJ does numerous firearm violence studies without the bias, there are numerous studies you can link to.

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Response to GGJohn (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 11:05 AM

9. why is Congress banning studies?

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Response to MariaThinks (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 11:07 AM

10. They're not banning studies,

they're banning the use of biased based stats, either pro or con 2A, they're supposed to be neutral.

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Response to MariaThinks (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 19, 2015, 11:12 AM

11. This is what the bill says.

On 1 a.m. on Wednesday, congressional leaders unveiled the text of a year-end spending bill that will fund the government through 2017. And on page 936 of the document is the very language that Dickey helped craft in 1996 that has remained law ever since: “None of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control.”


It doesn't say anything about banning the study of the impact of firearms on the health system.

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Response to GGJohn (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 20, 2015, 05:21 PM

12. No, what they're not allowed to do is publish research that can be seen as not pro-2A/NRA

There was no need to pass a specific law forbidding the CDC from engaging in advocacy research. The CDC (and DOJ and all other Federal agencies for that matter) are banned from supporting partisan research.

What was done to the CDC was a silencing because some of their funded research had as outcomes recommendations for increased gun control. In the same year that the CDC restrictions were passed, Congress also lowered the appropriation for the CDC by the exact amount of funding used to sponsor gun research in the prior funding cycle. Connect the dots.

DOJ looks at gun violence from a crime perspective, where CDC looks at gun violence from a public health perspective. There is a critical need to look at both of these aspects. Neutering the CDC research is bad public policy.

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Response to GGJohn (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 20, 2015, 06:23 PM

13. All that study concludes for sure is that more information and research is needed....

 

anyone attempting to come to any other conclusions is being dishonest.

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