Lies, Damned Lies and CDC ‘Gun Violence’ Research



How many times have the anti-gunners repeated this lie: NRA-purchased politicians are keeping the CDC from studying “gun violence!” It’s simply not true, and it never has been.

Opponents of the Second Amendment who are eager to impose as many restrictions as possible on firearms falsely claim that a measure enacted in 1996 called the Dickey Amendment – named after former Rep. Jay Dickey, R-Ark. – barred research on gun violence to be funded by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But in reality, here is what the reviled Dickey 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.”* (Italics added).

The point of that plain language is to say CDC-funded research is fine. CDC advocacy is not. So despite what gun-control zealots say, objective research based on facts is allowed under the Dickey Amendment.

– John Lott in Dems want $50 million for biased research to attack gun ownership

The Centers for Disease Control can do all of the actual research they want. There’s no law stopping them. They just can’t use the funds for gun control advocacy. Why would that be a problem?

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