Updated: Dec 22, 2020
Update: Trump signaling he will veto the bill.
As if giving billions upon billions to other countries wasn’t bad enough. From the horse’s mouth:
With funding for federal gun violence prevention research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) beginning for the first time this past fall, Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-14) today applauded the inclusion of $25 million in the 2021 Fiscal Year package to continue that research. Last year, the lawmakers were also successful in securing $25 million in the year-end spending bill to fund research on firearms safety and gun violence prevention, the first time Congress approved federal funding for the study of gun violence since an appropriations rider called the Dickey Amendment was put on the books in 1996.
Here’s what the gun grabbing organizations are saying (funny how they’re silent about Democrats releasing violent “gun offenders” from jail though):
“For too long the CDC has been prevented from studying the root causes of gun violence through legislation and lack of funding,”said John Rosenthal, founder of Stop Handgun Violence. “This funding is an essential next step in ending an epidemic that takes 100 lives per day and wounds over 200 others. While state and local governments play an important role in ending gun violence, without the support, research and resources of the federal government focused on the problem, we are unlikely to solve it.”
"Young people, survivors, and activists worked hard to secure this historic funding for the CDC and NIH,” said Eve Levenson, policy and government affairs manager at March for Our Lives. "But the fight is nowhere near over. We look to the new Congress and a new administration to join us in support of evidence-based solutions for our future. We thank all of those who worked to secure this funding, and hope we can continue to amplify the voices of young people who have experienced senseless and preventable tragedy."
“This appropriations package proves that last year’s historic Congressional funding for gun violence research wasn’t a flash in the pan, but a sustained commitment from Congress to address gun violence in America,” said Everytown for Gun Safety President John Feinblatt. “We applaud Senator Markey for his leadership to ensure that this crucial research continues — especially during a pandemic that has made the gun violence crisis worse.”
"Americans have faced dueling public health crises this year, as a record number of Americans have died of gun violence even amidst the on-going coronavirus pandemic," said Brady President Kris Brown. "The inclusion of this funding for research into gun violence to find evidence-based solutions is a vital step towards stopping this epidemic and saving lives. Brady applauds Senator Markey's continued leadership for this funding for needed research."
“Communities have faced overwhelming strain this year battling a novel viral pandemic and a familiar epidemic of gun violence,” said Giffords Federal Affairs Manager Katherine Phillips. A vaccine breakthrough has brought hope for tackling one of these challenges, but that will not stop gun violence. Solving this crisis requires a commitment to science, data, and evidence, and this bill recognizes that. The bill builds on the landmark decision last year to restart federal research into gun violence so we can truly understand the problem we’re trying to solve. As we head into a new year led by a new president, I’m optimistic that this dedication to saving lives will continue.”
Trump better veto this crap bill. Who cares about $600. Your rights are more important (as this crap is used for bogus talking points to enact more gun control). The reason they want the CDC to research this crap again is simple: they want to treat guns like COVID.
President-elect Joe Biden didn’t take long in declaring a national health crisis to usher in emergency health epidemic gun control measures. With more than a month still left before he takes the Oath of Office, he laid the groundwork to seize on a “public health crisis” to push a gun grab.
The gun grabbers are all about that angle.
Now you might be wondering, how could CDC research be used for gun control. Well, here’s the plan March For Our Lives (statement from them above btw) has. It was also endorsed by Francis (Beto) O‘Rourke:
An Urgent Federal Response
The federal government has long proven its ability and powers when there is political will.
We have never mobilized the full might of the federal government in the fight against gun violence. Quite the opposite: for decades, the gun lobby has weakened the enforcement authority of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and prevented even basic scientific research by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Beginning with the next Administration, we demand increased federal funding for a multi-agency approach to tackling gun violence, including increased funding for ATF, DOJ, CDC, HHS, NIH, HUD, and DOE initiatives. On Day One in office, the next President should take two concurrent executive actions: (1) declare a national emergency around the epidemic of gun violence – both to unlock executive resources and publicly underscore the urgency of the moment – and (2) announce an audacious goal of reducing firearm deaths and injuries by 50% over the next ten years, thereby saving up to 200,000 lives.
To operationalize these goals, the President must work with Congress to pass legislation around gun licensing and enhanced gun ownership standards, bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, policies to disarm gun owners who are a risk to themselves and others, and gun buy-backs. More immediately, the President must create a new White House position: the National Director of Gun Violence Prevention. The National Director of GVP will manage multi-agency coordination in the service of a singular mission. Short of creating a new federal agency dedicated to confronting gun violence – an enormous challenge in an age of partisan gridlock – we believe this position represents our best, immediate shot at effective federal leadership. The National Director of GVP will carry the highest civilian-level title in the White House – Assistant to the President – and bypass traditional White House reporting structures like the Chief of Staff; instead they will report directly to the President. The Director will have an experienced team of federal officials tasked with actualizing the goal of saving 200,000 lives by reducing firearms deaths and injuries by at least 50% over the next ten years. They will focus on:
Click here for more on that crap. This comment in response to the article you’re reading sums it all up: