Obama uses executive power to move gun control agenda forward – The Hill http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/290885-obama-uses-executive-power-to-move-gun-control-forward ……”
The CDC has since awarded a contract to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which this spring will soon begin looking at the role video games and social media play in gun violence, as well as whether gun technologies and access to guns can be used to reduce violence. The aim is to affect future legislation by giving lawmakers empirical data on an area that has been largely bereft for nearly two decades. Without government research, gun control advocates say they are forced to rely on private studies, which do not hold the same clout on Capitol Hill. “You can’t make good policy without good data, and for a generation the NRA has been throwing dirt in the eyes of Congress so they can’t actually see what’s going on around them,” said Glaze.
”….. Obama Directs His Executive Power at America’s Gun Owners – National Review Online http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/337935/obama-s-directs-his-executive-power-america-s-gun-owners-timothy-wheeler …….”
Memories are short. It was only 15 years ago that Congress cut off federal funding for the Centers for Disease Control’s gun research. Top CDC officials such as Patrick O’Carroll, M.D., had said things like “We’re going to systematically build a case that owning firearms causes deaths. We’re doing the most we can do, given the political realities.” Nor was Congress pleased that the CDC had funded in the spring of 1995 a newsletter from the San Francisco gun-control group the Trauma Foundation. This newsletter advised “advocates” to “organize a picket at gun manufacturing sites” and to “work for campaign finance reform to weaken the gun lobby’s clout.” There’s no reason to believe the CDC will not again use taxpayer millions to pay for more anti-gun-rights pamphleteering
.”…….. RRD: Kill it. Defund it. The GOP controls the House & has the facts on its side. The gun control lobby does not want “good data” they wanted (& got ) government funded “brainwashing” ( to use Eric Holder’s term) that was precisely why that gang of propagandists was blocked from conducting their “research” . Any “research” that comes out of this should be thrown in the trash with the other garbage. It has no more validity than a ethnographic study of Jews carried out by Goebbels. One side note that will no doubt be regarded as irrelevant (since it is Obama & not Bush doing this): given that Congress explicitly forbade the CDC from conducting its “research” what legal justification is there for Obama to do this?