Crime continues to spike in communities across America. The weekend tallies from Chicago’s gang-related crimes continue, and New York City’s Times Square and even upscale attractions in Washington, D.C. aren’t immune to criminals exchanging gunfire. This is happening because “no-bail” policies are putting criminals back on the street, yet politicians are looking elsewhere for causes, even floating proposals to pay criminals to not shoot others.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky says she wants to study why shootings are increasing. Walensky told CNN, “Something has to be done about this. Now is the time — it’s pedal to the metal time.” The Biden administration thinks this is a novel approach, but the CDC has done this before.
Walensky claimed she’s not looking for gun control and wants to include gun owners as part of the conversation to tackle so-called “gun violence.” In Walensky’s words, the issue is a “serious public health threat.”
She incorrectly claimed that “We haven’t spent the time, energy, and frankly the resources to understand this problem because it’s been so divided.” On the contrary, the topic has been well researched and CDC’s own online Web-Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System tracks fatal and nonfatal injuries from guns and other sources.
Congress passed the Dickey Amendment to tell the CDC it couldn’t advocate for gun control, as it did before the amendment. But the Dickey Amendment doesn’t stop gun-related studies at the CDC. (Read more from “The Same CDC That Can’t Figure Out What a Man Is Now Wants to ‘Study Guns’” HERE)
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