Dr. Anthony Fauci on whether he considers gun violence a public health emergency: “When you see people getting killed, I mean, in this last month, it’s just been horrifying what’s happened. How can you say that’s not a public health issue?” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/9lEhV3aZqL— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) April 18, 2021
America’s health czar Dr. Anthony Fauci briefly addressed the issue of gun-related violence in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash over the weekend.
The chief medical advisor to President Biden was asked if the “epidemic” of gun violence in the country is a “public health emergency.”
“You know, myself, as a public health person, I think you can’t run away from that,” said Fauci. “When you see people getting killed — I mean, in this last month, it’s just been horrifying what’s happened.”
“How can you say that’s not a public health issue?” he asked.
Fauci didn’t elaborate on what policy measures he’d like to see enacted to curb it. Makes one wonder what the good doctor would prescribe.
Violence spiked in 2020, as GunsAmerica previously reported. Many gun-control advocates are quick to point to the boom in gun sales last year as the cause.
But that doesn’t jive with the facts. As we explained, the average “time-to-crime” (how long it takes a gun to move from legal purchase to crime) is something north of nine years.
Very unlikely that all of these newly purchased firearms suddenly ended up in the hands of criminals 12 months after they were bought.
The George Floyd riots, the “defund the police” movement, and catch-and-release policing protocols that put criminals back out on the streets during COVID are much more likely to blame for the rise in crime.
But because those explanations don’t fit the gun-grabber’s narrative that guns are the bane of humanity, it’s unlikely they’ll get serious consideration.