Dems introduced a bill this week that would give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approximately $60 million for gun violence research.
Known as S.834, the bill would set aside $10 million in funding for each year FY-2018-2023 for the CDC to “conduct or support research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention,” according to a press release.
The bill is sponsored by Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), and supported by nearly every gun-control advocacy group under the sun, including: Newtown Action Alliance, Stop Handgun Violence, Doctors for America, Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence united with Million Mom March, Americans for Responsible Solutions and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Center for American Progress.
“Gun violence is ending lives and shattering families in Massachusetts and across our country,” said Sen. Markey. “Now more than ever we must study the causes of gun violence and what can be done to prevent it. No one should be afraid of more non-partisan, scientific research into this vital issue – not Republicans, not the NRA and not President Trump. I thank Rep. Maloney for her leadership on this issue and look forward to working with my colleagues to fund this critical research priority.”
“Gun violence is a public health crisis,” said Rep. Maloney. “Yet, for too long the gun lobby and its allies in Congress have prohibited our nation’s leading federal public health researchers from studying gun violence to learn more about what drives it and how it can be prevented. With 89 people dying each and every day from gun violence, our country cannot afford Members of Congress playing political games with riders or restrictions on life-saving public health research and data collection. We must finally lift this senseless gag order.”
I actually agree with the sentiment that no gun owner should be afraid of objective research into gun-related violence because the facts are actually on our side. Generally speaking, the widespread availability of firearms combined with the easing of unconstitutional restrictions (may-issue laws) on concealed carry in this country have correlated to a uniform reduction in crime, from property crime to violent crime to the murder rate, all have been trending downward amidst this expansion of 2A rights. As it turns out, more guns equals less crime.
However, my fear is that a bureaucracy like the CDC may be easily corrupted by those who hold the purse strings for its funding. If the Dems are willing to dump $60 million into CDC coffers, one wonders whether the researchers there will be compelled to come back with results tailored to the gun-grabbers’ playbook.
The other beef I have with the legislation is the notion from the sponsors that we don’t know “what drivers it [gun violence] and how it can be prevented.” That’s utter nonsense. Drugs and gangs fuel that vast majority of gun-related violence in this country. It’s not a mystery. Curb drug abuse and crackdown on gangs and crime rates will plummet. There, I just saved taxpayers $60 million.