Giving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention money for gun violence research is a “request to fund propaganda,” a Georgia congressman says.
After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was one of a few congressional Republicans who expressed a willingness to reconsider the need for gun control laws.
"Put guns on the table, also put video games on the table, put mental health on the table," he said less than a week after the Newtown shootings. He told a local TV station that he wanted to see more research done to understand mass shootings. “Let’s let the data lead rather than our political opinions.”
For nearly 20 years, Congress has pushed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to steer clear of firearms violence research. As chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that traditionally sets CDC funding, Kingston has been in a position to change that. Soon after Sandy Hook, Kingston said he had spoken to the head of the agency. “I think we can find some common ground,” Kingston said.
More than a year later, as Kingston competes in a crowded Republican primary race for a U.S. Senate seat, the congressman is no longer talking about common ground.
The fact that they don’t even want it researched should be pretty damn telling.
CDC already did a study under direct order from the Administration, they concluded that legal gun ownership and violence have no relation to each other and that violence is mainly caused by inadequate healthcare and the massive rich/poor dynamic present in the country. They don’t want it funded because it’s already been proven to be a pointless endeavor.
As a Democrat gun owner, please stop making the party look like a bunch of idiots who only read headlines. It hurts the rest of us.