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In Wake Of Lackluster COVID
Performance, CDC Targets Guns
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By Jason Ouimet
Executive Director,
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he Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention has not inspired confidence
with its response to COVID-19. That's
not NRA's opinion-it's borne out by the data.
A recent study from the RAND Corporation
found that " Surveys done among a representative
group of Americans in May and
October of 2020 show about a 10% decline in
trust of the CDC over that period. " A Kaiser
Family Foundation poll found that trust in
the agency fell 16 percent from April 2020 to
September 2020. A report from the Robert
Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard T.H.
Chan School of Public Health determined
" The public's rating of the nation's public
health system... [has] changed over time,
with positive ratings of the public health
system declining from 43% to 34% from 2009
to 2021. " This included a sharp drop in the
CDC's job-performance rating.
Despite the agency's waning credibility
in the face of an actual disease, the big
brains at CDC appear eager to further
alienate the public by diving headlong into a
political quagmire.
In late August, CDC Director Rochelle
Walensky sat down with CNN to announce
the agency's intent to target gun owners.
Speaking about firearms, Walensky said, " I
swore to the president and to this country
that I would protect your health. This is
clearly one of those moments, one of those
issues that is harming America's health. "
Americans don't want the CDC using
a " public-health approach " to treat
firearms as if they were germs transmitting
a communicable disease. Rather, we
understand that criminal violence
perpetrated with firearms is best addressed
by targeting violent perpetrators through
the criminal justice system.
Alongside its polling about trust in the
public health system, Harvard asked survey
respondents whether they considered 33
different topics to be within the purview
of public-health agencies. Actual healthrelated
issues such as " controlling the
spread of infectious diseases, " " providing
vaccines " and " reducing infant mortality and
preterm birth " garnered the most support.
" Preventing violence and deaths from guns "
ranked 31 out of 33, with few considering it a
responsibility for public-health agencies.
Walensky's forthcoming effort isn't the
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first time CDC has targeted gun owners.
In the early 1990s, CDC officials from
the agency's National Center for Injury
Prevention and Control (NCIPC) funded
November 2021
biased and flawed firearms research and
collaborated with anti-gun organizations to
advocate for gun control.
CDC reports and publications urged
restrictive gun legislation. A 1993 CDC
report titled " Injury Control in the 1990s:
A National Plan for Action " advocated for
may-issue handgun licensing, " a registry of all
gun purchases " and making " possession of
unregistered handguns a criminal offense. " A
1995 CDC-funded newsletter urged readers to
" Put gun control on the agenda of your civic
or professional organization " and " Organize a
picket at gun manufacturing sites... . "
Making the agency's position crystal
clear, NCIPC Director Mark Rosenberg told
a media outlet in 1994 that guns should be
treated like cigarettes- " dirty, deadly
and banned. "
Recognizing that taxpayers shouldn't
be forced to fund attacks on their Second
Amendment rights, Congress passed the
Dickey Amendment in 1996. Often misconstrued
by the legacy press as a ban on firearmrelated
research, the language prohibited
public funds from being used " in whole or in
part, to advocate or promote gun control. "
Walensky appears cognizant of this
restriction. Carefully parsing her words, the
CDC director told CNN, " I'm not here about
gun control. I'm here about preventing gun
violence and gun death. "
This wordplay will give little comfort to
gun owners. For decades, anti-gun groups
have urged their followers to avoid the term
" gun control " in their messaging guides,
and Walensky is just following suit. The
messaging might change, but the civiliandisarmament
campaign's goals don't.
Moreover, the CDC has demonstrated a
penchant for violating federal law. In August,
the U.S. Supreme Court reprimanded the
agency for an eviction moratorium that even
Joe Biden admitted was illegal. Gun owners
should be wary of the agency showing a similar
disregard for federal funding restrictions.
With the CDC's reputation diminished
amidst a pandemic, its own poor performance
and a legal rebuke, it would be reasonable for
the agency to refocus its efforts on what the
American people expect it to do-combat
actual disease. However, if the partisans at CDC
would rather play politics, they might want to
consider another data point. As of Sept. 1,
oddsmakers placed the probability
of the U.S. House
changing hands in 2022 at
more than 70 percent.
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