"Why Congress stopped gun control activism at the CDC"


From Dr. Timothy Wheeler, director of Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, a project of the Second Amendment Foundation, writing in The Hill:

In a Nov. 20 letter to the Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, House Democrats urged repeal of the 1996 ban on funding for gun control advocacy at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But nowhere does the letter mention the abuse of authority and misuse of tax dollars that prompted Congress to act.

Signed by San Francisco Bay area Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and several dozen other Democrats, the letter drips faux outrage. Speier claimed in a publicity statement “it’s time to end this ludicrous ban that prevents our nation’s top minds from figuring out how to shield our communities from gun violence.” This audacious and entirely false assertion ignores the mountains of firearm research done since the ban.

Nearly twenty years later, House Democrats seem confident that memories have faded. And media reports on the whole affair have strangely avoided any mention of the CDC’s past wrongdoing. So it’s time once again to set the record straight.

I was one of three medical doctors who testified before the House’s Labor, Health, Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee on March 6, 1996 about the CDC’s misdeeds.

I encourage you to read the whole thing.

Also always worth having on hand is a copy of GUNS AND PUBLIC HEALTH: EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE OR PANDEMIC OF PROPAGANDA? by Kates, et al. and published in the Tennessee Law Review in 1994:

h/t @Instapundit