Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gun Control - A Public Health Issue?

Not a big surprise here.
In a very quiet development last month, the National Institute of Health (NIH) began studying gun violence after a 13 year ban on the topic.

In 1996 Congress stripped the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of its $2.6 million dollar annual funding for firearm injuries. The Bush administration continued this ban while in control of the agency. At the time, Former Senate Majority leader Bob Dole and Former Senator Trent Lott argued gun related violence was not a public health concern and therefore not under the jurisdiction of the CDC.
Interestingly, the same gun control advocates who are steamrolling a massive government takeover of health care are looking for ways to make the right to bear arms a public health issue.

I suggest it's not a coincidence that gun control is being snared into the universe of health-related crises requiring government action at the same time the government is swallowing the health industry.

1 comment:

Joe G said...

the only one that finds it "interesting" that there was a moratorium on this type of "research" during the Clinton era "assault weapons" ban, and now that it has expired, it's just cooincidental that the government decides to start doing this research? Afraid that the data would show that the "assault weapons" ban had absolutely no effect on firearms related crime?