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VA – OPINION – The Coming Wave of Anti-Gun Research

Popular myth, shoved at us by so many in the mainstream media, has it that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is barred from doing research on gun violence. The NRA is often vilified in news stories on this topic, as many in the mainstream media, as well as the politicians who want to take away your right to bear arms, claim that NRA lobbying halted needed research. The first problem with this claim is it’s simply not true. This contention focuses on the “Dickey Amendment,” passed in 1996 and named after former Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ark.). Those making this claim rarely quote the actual amendment because it clearly does not ban the CDC from doing research on gun-violence prevention. The Dickey Amendment simply says: “None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the CDC may be used to advocate or promote gun control.” That’s it. The Dickey Amendment bars the CDC from politically promoting gun control—not from researching gun violence in order to present us with solutions. So what’s really going on here? First, the groups and politicians who want the Dickey Amendment repealed clearly want to use public money to create politically one-sided “studies” that would have the sole purpose of pushing for more gun control. The Dickey Amendment was actually put into law precisely because some officials at the CDC were using their positions to promote their political agenda on guns.  [full article]

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