How NRA Prevented Gun-Related Research For the Last 19 Years

Susanne.Posel-Headline.News.Official- nra.gun.related.research.cdc.nih.obama.wayne.lapierre.lobby.congress_occupycorporatismSusanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | Co-Founder, Legacy Bio-Naturals
December 16, 2015


Congressman Jay Dickey has called on fellow lawmakers to undo a 19 year old ban that prevents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from studying gun-related injuries and deaths. Dickey was responsible for the prohibition; but now he would like to see this reversed.

In the 2017 federal budget plan, on page 936, is the ban Dickey is hoping to overturn. The language in the document reads in part: “None of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control.”

Dickey explained that this type of language would not be removed “because of politics”, combined with the fact that this amendment’s impact has been the most palatable.

Back in 1996, Dickey crafted language that stripped $2.6 million from the CDC that was spent on studying guns the prior year and appropriated the monies for other purposes.

This move was inspired by a 1993 article discussing the correlation between gun ownership and the increased risk of homicide.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) spoke out against the findings, saying that the CDC-funded study was an advocacy for gun control.

Because of the NRA’s objection, data on key points regarding gun violence have gone under-researched. For example:

• Psychological consequences of gun violence among injured and/or family members
• Identifying corollary victims of gun violence and subsequent consequences
• Influences of substance abuse on firearm homicide and suicide
• Cost of gun-related violence; including physical, mental and communal
• How effective current gun policies are

Since 1996, gun-related issues and subsequent legislation have been based on speculation and conjecture resulting in ill-informed arguments that have benefitted the NRA instead of serving the needs of the people.

Then in 2011, Republican lawmakers expanded Dickey’s amendment to include research conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). When asked about this move, then-Speaker of the House John Boehner asserted that “a gun is not a disease.”

In 2012, President Obama called on the CDC and NIH to begin researching gun-violence in order to garner research. The NIH complied, but the CDC did not because of the etymological loophole post by Dickey’s amendment.

The congressman “would like the CDC to go forward with research” because conservatives are ignoring “the harm to our society [that] is getting so great and so predictable that we have got to try something. And trying to fund the science at whatever level would be a step forward.”

According to the little data available, in the US there are an estimated 32,000 gun-related deaths annually. This number has been an average for the last 15 years.

In addition , there are an assumed 180,000 people injured by guns.

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