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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GOP rejects CDC Gun Violence Prevention funding; "Prevent data collection that could...result in future policy." What we don't know...?

You would think that something as dangerous as a gun would prompt lawmakers to make sure the public is protected from their misuse.

Nope. In fact, Republican lawmakers made sure Americans will not be protected, secure or safe.

Mind boggling as this might seem, Republicans not only blocked gun research from happening, they blew everybody’s mind with this shocking conclusion. The Hill:
“The restriction is to prevent activity that would undertake activities (to include data collection) for current or future research, including under the title 'gun violence prevention,' that could be used in any manner to result in a future policy, guidelines, or recommendations to limit access to guns, ammunition, or to create a list of gun owners,” the report says.
WTF? As a parent and longtime adult, I’ve never seen anything this irresponsible.

What, ban “gun violence prevention” research because a person has right to own a gun? OWNING a gun does not preclude rules for safe use or making the public safer. 
“That convoluted argument is an insult to this committee,” Rep. David Price (D-N.C.) said. “It borders on the paranoid.”
It is paranoid. The proposal would have reversed a 20 year ban on funding the research written by former Rep. Jay Dickey back in 1996, who now supports the funding. Yes, he’s changed his mind, based on overwhelming evidence we need to find a way to stop the killing. 

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