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SAY IT ISN’T SO! CDC Lies About Gun Violence

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Wait, what?! Are you trying to tell me that the CDC’s “science” is being manipulated for political reasons???

We now know for certain that the COVID pandemic is no longer useful to the powers that be in America. How do we know this? Because, after nearly three years, it is now possible to die from something that is not COVID. Yes, for three blissful years, nobody died from heart attacks, or motorcycle accidents, or cancer … but now that’s all over with and we have statistics to manipulate. In much the same way that the CDC insisted that any American who died with COVID must have died of COVID, the CDC is now insisting that there’s no such thing as a defensive gun use. There’s just one little problem with the CDC’s “science”: It just ain’t so.

For the details–which contains actual, provable facts–we’re turning it over to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Joe Bartozzi!

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CDC ISN’T FOLLOWING SCIENCE. IT’S MANIPULATING IT FOR GUN CONTROL


By Joe Bartozzi

Last week’s bombshell report by The Reload showing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) purposefully omitted defensive-use data sets after being lobbied by gun control groups shows serious concerns with the government-funded agency charged with saving lives and protecting people from health threats.

The revelation of twisting data to meet pre-determined conclusions is the antithesis of science. It is nothing short of censorship.  It is, in fact, dangerous that CDC researchers are cherry-picking data to force an outcome. What’s worse, is that these researchers aren’t acting in good faith to determine the outcomes from where the science leads. They are acting as agents of special interest groups. That’s not only scientifically irresponsible, it is also a violation of the law.

Corrupt Science

Researchers at the CDC deleted a reference to a self-defense gun use study after gun control groups complained that including the data would prevent them pressuring Congress to pass more gun control laws, The Reload reported. It was the result of months of political arm-twisting by three different gun control groups – Gun Violence Archive, GVPedia and Newtown Action Alliance.

The groups took issue with a study by Gary Kleck, award-wining Professor Emeritus at Florida State University’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Kleck’s study estimated defensive gun uses (DGU) happen between 60,000 and 2.5 million times per year in the United States. That 2.5 million figure was too much for the gun control groups to accept. Instead of providing refuting evidence, they killed the study and censored the data.

“[T]hat 2.5 Million number needs to be killed, buried, dug up, killed again and buried again,” Mark Bryant, one of the attendees who also runs Gun Violence Archive – the source for mainstream media’s “mass shooting” statistics. He wrote to CDC officials after their meeting, according The Reload, complaining of Kleck’s study. “It is highly misleading, is used out of context and I honestly believe it has zero value – even as an outlier point in honest DGU discussions.”

Professor Kleck stood by his research. “CDC is just aligning itself with the gun-control advocacy groups,” Kleck told The Reload. “It’s just saying: ‘we are their tool, and we will do their bidding.’ And that’s not what a government agency should do.”

It’s more than that. That’s what the CDC is forbidden by law from doing.

Dickey Amendment

This report appears to show that the CDC is in violation of the Dickey Amendment, which specifically forbids the agency from advocating for gun control through their studies. The Dickey Amendment, named for former Congressman Jay Dickey (R-Ark.), was first passed into law in 1996. The amendment states, “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”

It was added after a 1993 CDC-funded study took an advocacy position linking gun ownership in the home to increased risk of death by a family member or friend. It was also after Dr. Patrick O’Carroll, the CDC’s Acting head of the Division of Injury Control, said, “We’re going to systematically build a case that owning firearms causes deaths. We’re doing the most we can do, given the political realities.”

Gun control-supporting politicians complained the Dickey Amendment kept them from studying the issue of guns, but that simply wasn’t true.

The CDC’s budget tripled from the time the Dickey Amendment passed to over $6 billion in 2019. If the CDC was being told they couldn’t study anything gun-related, they didn’t listen very well. During that time, the CDC studied guns and suicidenoise and lead exposure at ranges, firearm violence prevention in Wilmington, Del., and issued a report on firearms homicides and suicides in metropolitan areas. That doesn’t include studies by the FBI, Department of Justice and Congressional studies.

There was also that instance in 2013 when President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order directing $10 million in “gun violence” research.

In 2019, Congress updated the Dickey Amendment to read:

“While appropriations language prohibits the CDC and other agencies from using appropriated funding to advocate or promote gun control, the Secretary of Health and Human Services has stated the CDC has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.”

Except the CDC ignored that. The CDC is not only using federal funds to advocate for gun control, but they have also been caught red-handed doing it at the behest of gun control groups.

Diagnose Malpractice

This reveals two pressing issues for which lawmakers must demand answers. First, lawmakers should demand to know how and why the CDC bent to demands of gun control groups to omit relevant information that informs their studies. This tells us the CDC is studying issues surrounding firearms for politically-favored answers and cherry-picking data to support predetermined conclusions that supports the demands of gun control groups rather than studying to learn answers from where the evidence leads.

Second, this demonstrates that there are serious concerns with the protocols in place at the CDC when it comes to their studies. This opens doubt into any of the information the CDC provides to the American taxpayer when it becomes evident officials there allow studies to be published that are designed and influenced by political objectives instead of strict scientific criteria. The American public should be very concerned with this level of political influence to determine outcomes to satisfy radical advocacy groups. This is the very definition of political corruption.

Congress must call in the Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra and CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky to demand answers and accountability. They broke the law and did it to muscle through false and incomplete evidence to support gun control restrictions on a Constitutionally-protected right.

It is long past time that Congress demands of CDC officials, “Doctor, heal thyself.”

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Mike Drury

    January 27, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    The fact that people think more stringent legislation can deter gun violence only proves how out of touch these people are with reality. Shooting someone, as deplorable an act as that is, is a moral decision. And it has been proven over and over throughout history that morality cannot be legislated. Drunk driving is illegal, yet 29 people die every day in crashes caused by drunk drivers. Abusing drugs is illegal, yet 273 people die every day due to drug overdose. And killing someone with a firearm is illegal, yet 57 people die every day due to firearms. Guns are not the problem…The unstable people with the guns are the problem.

  2. S

    December 23, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Once again here’s a story that has a lot left out to get you far rights excited about the big bad government wanting to take our guns, the far right, the republicans and corrupt NRA think just because the CDC or some other organizations do a report to bring awareness our guns will be taken, ok morons which is more important working together on a way to control ammo or gun sales, or more innocent lives taken? How many school shootings do we need or night club shootings, mall and church shootings before we as citizens take a stand, we can still have our favorite toys, let’s just come to an understanding that kids lives mean more than protecting our gun rights at no matter the cost. And before you all get excited I’m not a Democrat or against guns, I’m a collector of different weapons and hold an FFL, I’m also a close friend of a dad who lost a child in a school shooting.

    • brian ziegenfuss

      December 23, 2022 at 4:56 pm

      Are you saying gun and ammo sales are out of control? Why should we be infringed upon concerning gun ownership. I did not shoot children. Gunowners go through background checks prior to purchase. We understand and believe children need protection. I have children and own firearms. I am not excited but a realist who uses common sense and sees your over reaction. I am assuming that 99.999 percent of gunowners are not involved in shootings of innocents, yet you think an infringement of our rights is needed?

  3. GomeznSA

    December 22, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Add in the non mention of cee dee cee INTENTIONALLY quashing data on DGU and we have the perfect storm of manipulation for a specific goal – Citizen disarmament.

  4. Big Al 45

    December 21, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    Gun violence is NOT a ‘disease’, and those who claim it is are at best, disingenuous.
    So the idea that the study of this societal lack of morality is any way something for the Medical field to research is ludicrous.
    Is theft a ‘disease’? No, it is a lack of morals.
    The same with most ALL crime.
    Based on the ideal of crime being a disease, then we should have Doctors as Judges, not those involved in Law.
    No, making the CDC in charge of gun violence studies is like putting the fox in charge of the henhouse.

  5. Tim Toroian

    December 21, 2022 at 3:02 pm

    I NEVER hear it or congress talking about people violence nor discussing how harassing the law-abiding will criminals from using the guns they already illegally have. They can’t confiscate so every semi-auto gun will be much more valuable.
    And with article 1, section 9, clause 3, no ex post facto in effect, the Shall not infringe clause of the second amendment, and the usurpation and abuses phrase in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence suggesting remedies there would be extreme objection.

  6. Charlie

    December 21, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    Stop all funding to the CDC.

  7. Jack

    December 21, 2022 at 11:52 am

    It’s mind boggling how gullible and hypocritical democrat voters really are.
    They’ll fall for anything they’re told and never even question it.

  8. Joseph P Zaioczkowski

    December 21, 2022 at 11:42 am

    The people who partake of those actions in the government, or government funded facilities, should be fired with no further financial increments and barred from further government funded employment.

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