CDC needs to leave guns alone, stick to diseases

CDC needs to leave guns alone, stick to diseases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky wants you to know that her new public health campaign to end gun violence is not “about gun control.” Don’t believe your lying ears. The Biden administration is absolutely trying to use CDC powers to take away your guns. Walensky may claim she just wants to find common ground with gun owners and is only asking, “What can we do to stop people from dying?” But both the history of CDC research on firearms and President Joe Biden’s aggressive anti-gun agenda betray her true intentions. In a 1994 presentation to the American Society of Criminology, University of Illinois sociologist David Bordua and epidemiologist David Cowan called the existing CDC-funded research on guns “advocacy based on political beliefs rather than scientific fact.” Specifically, Bordua and Cowan accused the “incestuous” CDC-funded firearms research of assuming without evidence that “there is a causal association between gun ownership and the risk of violence, that this association is consistent across all demographic categories, and that additional legislation will reduce the prevalence of firearms and consequently reduce the incidence of violence.” More recently, the FiveThirtyEight blog examined the CDC’s numbers on gun injury estimates and concluded that they did not meet the organization’s scientific standards and should be treated as “unstable and potentially unreliable.” Even then, one might be willing to ignore the CDC’s dubious gun research record if it weren’t for Biden’s insistence on using the language of public health to justify his radical anti-Second […]

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