Feds Fund Anti-Gun Research in New Spending Bill, Everytown Cheers

Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. (Photo: Shannon Watts Facebook)

Christmas came early for the anti-gun lobby this year as Congress voted to spend another $25 million to fund research on “gun violence and its solutions.” Congress passed similar funding last year for the Centers for Disease Control to investigate the causes of “gun violence” and recommend gun control measures to (supposedly) reduce it.

The anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety cheered the additional funding.

“Federal action to combat gun violence is more crucial than ever as we face a pandemic that has made the gun violence crisis worse,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, a subsidiary of Everytown. “This package is a great start, and we’ll keep pushing for more funding and legislation that will save lives.”

Everytown’s President, John Feinblatt, echoed Watts’ sentiment and voiced eagerness to work with the new Biden administration.

“This package is a critical step forward in answering the call for action to address our nation’s gun violence crisis,” he said. “As we head into the new year, we look forward to working with Congress and the new administration to make sure the federal government has the resources it needs to comprehensively address gun violence in all its forms.”

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Anti-gun activists have claimed for years that the federal government banned the CDC from researching gun-related violence, but that isn’t the case. 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.

Everytown also cheered a number of additional provisions in the spending bill, although some do not promote gun control.

The bill allocates $85 million to incentivize states to provide relevant records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) databases, ensuring that states that conduct their own background checks have access to the National Data Exchange (N-DEx) system, and requiring the Department of Justice (DOJ) to alert state and local law enforcement when a prohibited purchaser fails a background check.

The bill also requires the DOJ to provide statistics on gun purchases made through its NICS system. The agency is to provide comprehensive data on NICS checks for firearms sales that have taken longer than three business days to complete, including the number of those checks that were resolved, the number of those checks that were purged before being completed, the number of denied checks that resulted in firearm retrieval actions being referred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the number of successful retrieval actions taken by ATF.

The bill funds a number of additional initiatives for which Everytown takes credit but that do not specifically relate to gun control. The feds allocate $14 million, for example, to be used for “community-based violence prevention initiatives” that seek to address and help the people who commit violence with firearms.

SEE ALSO: Dems Want to Give $60 Million to CDC for Gun Violence Research

The bill also allocates $513 million for various programs that address domestic violence, and another $132 million for schools to identify and help potential mass murderers.

Congress passed the spending package on Tuesday, but President Trump has signaled that he may veto it.

“I’m asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2000 or $4000 per couple,” Trump said in a video released on Twitter, referring to the direct payments as part of the bill’s COVID-19 relief efforts. “I’m also asking Congress to immediately get rid of the wasteful and unnecessary items in this legislation or to send me a suitable bill.”

If Trump chooses to veto the bill, Congress may be able to pass it anyway. It passed both chambers the first time with veto-proof majorities.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Stan d. Upnow December 25, 2020, 4:12 pm

    Moron politicians throw $billions at finding out what causes “gun violence.” I can solve that problem in one word— CRIMINALS!

  • Kane December 25, 2020, 11:52 am

    The CDC seeks to have gun-ownership treated as some sort of pathogen while the CDC ignores cancer clusters throughout the US.

    Would the CDC honestly research a potential link between “psycho-tropic pharmaceuticals” and violent acts such as spree or rampage shootings? I doubt it!

    Would the CDC honestly research a potential link between violent imagery in movies or video games? I doubt it.

  • ncman424 December 25, 2020, 10:33 am

    After all the “facts” the CDC has put on Covid-19 cases and deaths how could anyone believe any of their research ever again

    Because CDC counts positive tests, not positive people, we don’t know how many actual peoplehad/have covid 19. One person may be tested several times while sick thus having several positive tests which CDC counts as cases. CDC guidance calls for deaths suspected or presumed, without testing to be added as a covid-19 death. So we don’t know how many people died from Covid 19 as opposed to dying with covid 19 and we don’t know how many actual people have/had covid 19. Therefore we cannot determine transmission rate or morbidity rate because we’re using erroneous data. You’d think a scientist/Dr. would know this.

  • michael December 25, 2020, 9:26 am

    The research is clear. Keep releasing criminals the crimes will climb. Real scientific research send me a check for 5 million please. lol

  • Leigh December 25, 2020, 7:57 am

    Abortion takes/prevents about 800,000 lives a year…any legislation to save those? Nope.
    Your body your choice…same with suicide…right? Of course…purely logical.

  • Leigh December 25, 2020, 7:55 am

    The solution is to limit availability to young black and brown males…follow the science and the FACTS.
    But…that would be deemed racist, of course.
    65% of gun deaths are suicides…your body your choice…right? Again…FACTS

    • Stan d. Upnow December 25, 2020, 4:15 pm

      Facts bounce off Progressive-Socialists like criminal charges against the Clintons.

  • Ronnie Maeker December 24, 2020, 12:00 pm

    OK, let’s follow the money.
    Who gets paid how much for doing what at Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
    Open up the financials for ALL the groups that are against guns.


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