Hot off her stunningly competent performance handling the COVID-19 pandemic, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky is ready to tackle another “epidemic” in our country: “gun violence.”
Walensky revealed her new plan in an exclusive CNN interview last week.
“Every day we turn on the news, and there are more young people dying,” Walensky told the outlet. “I swore to the president and to this country that I would protect your health. This is clearly one of those moments, one of those issues, that’s harming America’s health.”
“Something has to be done about this,” she added.
She plans to “restart the research” that had supposedly been banned by the National Rifle Association and previous Republican administrations.
“My job is to understand and evaluate the problem. To understand the scope of the problem. To understand why this happens and what are the things that can make it better,” she said, offering no additional detail.
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The claim that the federal government is not allowed to research gun-related violence is misleading. In 1996, after the CDC began funding studies that recommended increased gun control, Congress prohibited the agency from using taxpayer funds that “advocate or promote gun control.” The CDC has always been free to fund research into gun-related violence, but they haven’t chosen to do so until recently.
Despite her reiteration of this misleading claim, Walensky hopes gun owners will be open to working with her on this issue.
“Let’s agree that we don’t want people to die. Let’s just agree there. What can we do to stop people from dying?” she said.
“Generally, the word ‘gun’ for those who are concerned about research in this area, is followed by the word ‘control,’ and that’s not what I want to do here. I’m not here about gun control. I’m here about preventing gun violence and gun death,” she continued.
She encouraged gun owners to “be a part of the solution” and “join us in the conservation.” “Tell me about what you do to make your gun safe, and then tell everybody else,” she said.
Walensky is late to the party. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has for decades promoted safe gun storage through its Project Childsafe. The NSSF has distributed over 38 million gun locks, and the organization offers resources and materials for gun owners who want to store and use their firearms safely.
Their latest campaign, for example, gives parents a guide for understanding their teens’ mental health and urges them to keep their guns locked up.