Lab Accident

From America’s 1st Freedom:

This feature appears in the February ‘16 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.

We can all feel it. With violent crime dominating the headlines, the pressure to blame gun owners is mounting. Everywhere we look, we see the familiar gun grabbers calling for “universal” background checks, a ban on semi-automatic rifles, and that old saw, restoring funding to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for “firearm research.”

President Barack Obama, gun prohibitionists in Congress and their many friends in major media outlets have done a formidable job of spinning the story of how the CDC lost its funding for gun research. Their version is that back in the 1990s, the CDC was producing valuable public health research on “gun violence,” saving lives and preventing injuries with their policy suggestions.

Then, they contend, because the “gun lobby” didn’t like the results of the research, the National Rifle Association opposed this great advance in public health and—against the great tide of public opinion—persuaded Congress to take away the CDC’s federal funding for all gun research. According to them, there has been no gun research since then, so we have no way to know how to stop gun violence. That’s the bedtime story told endlessly by the media for 20 years now.

And it’s all false. I know because I was one of four medical doctors who, along with a distinguished constitutional scholar and criminologist, told Congress the truth back then about the CDC’s gun control politicking. And we brought them proof.

Here’s the truth. The CDC funded research on gun injuries and deaths done by public health researchers—a group, both then and now, known for its strong bias against private gun ownership. The CDC gave out millions of dollars in grants to public health researchers. They used the money to churn out articles supposedly confirming how bad guns are and why they should be severely limited to American citizens, or even banned.

These articles appeared in medical journals and provided powerful ammunition for gun control advocates. They had been losing in the court of public opinion and in Congress, but suddenly had a new way to push their gun-grabbing agenda. They disguised their political goal of more restrictive gun control in fancy scientific language. And they hoped no one would notice.

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