For the first time since 1996 when the Dickey Amendment was passed, anti-gunners are smiling all the way to the bank after receiving millions to conduct research on “gun violence” as a healthcare problem. The bill passed despite 53 GOP representatives and six Senators, including Ted Cruz, opposing the wasteful spending bill.
The bill awarded $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health to carry out “research on firearm safety and gun violence prevention.” The amount will be split in half ($12.5 million each ) between the CDC and the NIH.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) said that the allocation would allow the implementation of “evidence-based solutions” to address the “public health crisis.”
U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) also praised the proposed “gun violence research” adding that “gun violence is a public health crisis that continues to destroy lives all across the country and has grown even worse during the coronavirus pandemic.”
She added that the proposed research “can help save lives by proposing science-based solutions to end the gun violence epidemic.”
The bill also allocated funds to other gun-related areas including $1 million towards research on the effects of active shooter drills in schools, $56 million towards “community-based gun violence interventions,” and more funding for the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network and Crime Gun Intelligence Centers.
Gun control groups welcomed the firearm-related allocations. Everytown for Gun Safety president John Feinblatt said that the budget was a “critical step forward in answering the call for action to address our nation’s gun violence crisis.”
However, Sen. Ted Cruz accused democrats of blackmailing Americans by tying COVID-19 relief money “to a $1.4 trillion wasteful end-of-year spending bill and countless pet projects that will escape close scrutiny.”
The bill language, however, maintains that "none of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control."
Gun control groups support “gun violence research" because it gives them an opportunity to backward-match research to achieve a predetermined outcome, always in favor of more gun control. In fact, the phrase is almost synonymous with gun control.
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