NRA led to law that stopped CDC from using federal funds to study gun violence

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Since: Sep 11

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May 30, 2014
 
"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention receives no federal funding to study gun violence, thanks to a 1996 law the NRA succeeded in ramming through Congress. Now two lawmakers are sponsoring a bill to give the CDC $10 million a year to study why guns kill people."
I will be glad to answer that for a mere $5,000,000. Guns kill people because other people point guns and pull the trigger. Often, without regard to where the bullet might actually go.
In other words, guns don't kill people any more than knives, or bats, or ropes kill people.
There, I just saved the taxpayers $55,000,000. You should thank me.
And since gun violence is not really a disease, why should the CDC get money for this. In fact, why should the be getting any money for anything that is not a disease?
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fund...

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Since: May 11

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May 30, 2014
 
Yeah I'm curious why CDC would be doing the study. Sounds fishy.

My guess is the NRA would have no issue with a proper entity doing the study, like the FBI or law enforcement organizations, since the gun violence is crime related, not health related.
Wade Gustafson

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May 30, 2014
 
The law did not prevent the CDC from studying gun violence. What it did was to prevent the CDC from using research to advocate for more gun control laws. If their studies were objective and did not draw conclusions (advocacy) they could have done as many studies as they wished.

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May 30, 2014
 
Wade Gustafson wrote:
The law did not prevent the CDC from studying gun violence. What it did was to prevent the CDC from using research to advocate for more gun control laws. If their studies were objective and did not draw conclusions (advocacy) they could have done as many studies as they wished.
That's true Wade. But is it really what the CDC was intended for? I mean, all this money,$6.5 billion dollar budget, yet, no cure for cancer, AIDS, STD's, ebola, depression, crohns, etc etc etc. What do they do with all of that money? And as you alluded to, they should not be doing any kind of studies for the political gain on anybody.
Alan Stuart Franken

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May 30, 2014
 

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cantmakeitup wrote:
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That's true Wade. But is it really what the CDC was intended for? I mean, all this money,$6.5 billion dollar budget, yet, no cure for cancer, AIDS, STD's, ebola, depression, crohns, etc etc etc. What do they do with all of that money? And as you alluded to, they should not be doing any kind of studies for the political gain on anybody.
You are asking about $6.5 billion? That's a mere pittance, my good man. Let me tell you that the expenditure of that $6.5 billion is put to excellent use. Day in and day out. Month after month. Year after year.

There are over 14,000 dedicated Democrats working at the CDC and that $6.5 billion is the insurance policy that pays dividends many times over when it is election time. Do the math. 14,000 employees with a typical family size of 3.5 people is 49,000 Democrat votes. That means each vote only costs $130,000.

Yes sir. The CDC is one of the best bargains in government. I am proud to support the fine work done by the CDC.

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Jun 2, 2014
 
Alan Stuart Franken wrote:
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You are asking about $6.5 billion? That's a mere pittance, my good man. Let me tell you that the expenditure of that $6.5 billion is put to excellent use. Day in and day out. Month after month. Year after year.
There are over 14,000 dedicated Democrats working at the CDC and that $6.5 billion is the insurance policy that pays dividends many times over when it is election time. Do the math. 14,000 employees with a typical family size of 3.5 people is 49,000 Democrat votes. That means each vote only costs $130,000.
Yes sir. The CDC is one of the best bargains in government. I am proud to support the fine work done by the CDC.
I have no problem with a government funded CDC as long as they stick to researching diseases for the sake of advancing science and medicine. Researching non-related issues for the sake of making a political statement is not what they are supposed to be doing.

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