Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Domestic Policy, Law, Liberalism, Media Bias, Politics, Progressivism, The United States | Tags: Obama's Gun Control Initiative, The Center for Disease Control Study, The Verdict on Gun Laws
After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, President Obama issued a “Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence,” along with 22 other initiatives. He does these things and appoints commissions and orders studies and then pays no attention to them whatsoever. They turn into busy-work for the bureaucracy.
That study was contracted out to the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council was completed in June. It contained some surprises for the president if he even sees their work.
President Obama announced at the beginning of the year that he would push three major gun control initiatives — universal background checks, a ban on “assault weapons,” and a ban on “high-capacity magazines” — under the assumption that this would prevent future mass shootings, and probably under the assumption that the CDC study would provide him with the evidence that these additional measures were justified to reduce “gun violence.”
Unfortunately the study refuted nearly all the anti-gun litany:
— Between the years 2000-2010 firearm-related suicides significantly outnumbered homicides for all age groups, annually accounting for 61 percent of the more than 335,600 people who died from firearms related violence in the United States.
— Accidental deaths from firearms have continued to fall. “The number of unintentional deaths due to firearm-related incidents accounted for less than one percent of all unintentional fatalities in 2010.
— The key finding that the President wanted— that more laws would result in less crime — was missing. The study noted that most criminals obtained their guns in the underground economy well outside any influence from gun controls on legitimate gun owners.
— Mass shootings such as the one in Newtown, CT., have declined and “account for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths.”
— The study reported U.S. rate of firearm-related homicide is higher than any other industrialized country. But comparing gun violence rates to a map showed that if one were to exclude numbers from Illinois, California, New Jersey and Washington DC, the homicide rate would be in line with any other country. These area are noted for the most restrictive gun laws in the country.
Back in 2003, the CDC issued a report that said that evidence was insufficient to determine the effectiveness of any of these laws:
- Bans on specified firearms or ammunition.
- Restrictions on firearm acquisition.
- Waiting periods for firearm acquisition.
- Firearm registration and licensing of owners.
- Zero tolerance for firearms in schools.
You undoubtedly heard the president’s acknowledgment of the findings of the CDC study, and how it did not support the legislation he was seeking. No? Well, you surely read about the study’s startling conclusions in your daily paper. No? The Washington Post was the only establishment media to even mention it , and it criticized the study for not answering questions that it was not asked to answer. So there you go.