Tuesday, January 09, 2018 – The shame about gun control advocates is they already know the answer to why they can’t seem to get President Trump’s or the NRA’s attention on funding gun crime research. We use the words ‘gun crime’ because the phrase ‘gun violence’ blames the instrument rather than the perpetrator. The ‘other side,’ however, tactically uses the ‘violence’ tag as a precursor to blaming the NRA for intercepting federal funding of tax dollars for statistical studies because they know it’s nothing more nor less than a ploy for more gun control.
The anti-gun people don’t care about guns as objects. They care about guns as political currency with which they continue to think that death is the only end game that might persuade lawmakers to rid the country of opposition to a liberal makeover of America. They know that guns are mechanical objects that when used precariously can create death, just as can dozens of other tools since the dawn of planets. They don’t need to know how guns work either as mechanical tools or psychological instruments. That’s not their interest. Their interest is in creating more ways – excuses, really – to beat the heads of politicians who don’t see life in terms of their own makeover of it.
Two inseparable elements of gun control named after their congressional sponsors – the Dickey Amendment and the Tiahrt Amendment – are the constant bugaboos that, like plague that never goes away, continue to thwart every effort to ignore legal and constitutional ownership of guns by law-abiding Americans. The realization that without federal dollars from a bottomless well, gun control has little chance for immortality. The first Amendment, named after Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AR), mandated in 1996 that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be used to advocate for or promote gun control.” The NRA insisted that anti-gun proponents would only use CDC funding to insist that guns are a disease to be controlled by medical researchers.
The Tiahrt Amendment, named after Todd Tiahrt (R-KS), prohibits the National Tracing Center of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from releasing information from its firearms trace database to anyone other than a law enforcement agency or prosecutor in connection with a criminal investigation. This precludes gun trace data from being used in academic research of gun use in crime. Additionally, the law blocks any data legally released from being admissible in civil lawsuits against gun sellers or manufacturers.
With such irrefutable provisions, gun controllers are at wits end as to how to achieve disarmament of lawful American gun owners, especially in these days of runaway gun crime which, without the power of federal funding, is about the best for which the anti-gun folks can ever hope.