some things never change … d-bag-move alert …

judge%201004The republican congress, a wholly owned subsidiary of the NRA is at it again …
proving that not only have they no concern for the public’s wishes, they also have no concern for their safety …
and this from the party that loves to spew “family values” and “pro-life” (well at least until that fetus is actually born, then it’s “pull yerself up by yer’ fucking bootstraps” and “yer on yer’ own now kid”) …
this must be what shrub’s little brother meant when he said “stuff happens” …

Quietly, Congress extends a ban on CDC research on gun violence
Source: Public Radio International
October 05, 2015
In the immediate aftermath of the massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, the US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee quietly rejected an amendment that would have allowed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the underlying causes of gun violence. Though gun violence and gun control has again come to the forefront of the American conversation, most recently after the mass killings at an Oregon community college last week, prohibition on gun research goes back decades.
Dr. Fred Rivara, a professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the University of Washington at Seattle Children’s Hospital, has been involved with injury research for 30 years. He was part of a team that researched gun violence back in the 1990s and personally saw the chilling effects of the NRA’s lobbying arm. Rivara says that the NRA accused the CDC of trying to use science to promote gun control. “As a result of that, many, many people stopped doing gun research, the number of publications on firearm violence decreased dramatically,” he told The Takeaway in April. “It was really chilling in terms of our ability to conduct research on this very important problem.” …
Rivara and his team discovered that having a gun in the home is associated with a threefold increase in the risk of a homicide — they released this information in a series of peer-reviewed articles that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine. The CDC both funded Rivara’s original research and stood by the findings. But after Congress seemingly retaliated against the CDC for publishing Rivara’s findings, Zwillich says researchers with the agency have shied away from conducting gun research. …
“Congressional prohibition, which was extended in this very vote that we’re talking about with that appropriations bill, prevents the CDC from advocating for any form of gun control,” says Zwillich. “Researchers are concerned that if they report the results of their data publicly and say, for instance, as Fred Rivara found in the ‘90s, that having a gun in the home makes you more likely to be injured than if you don’t have a gun in a home, then they’ll be accused by Congress of breaking the rules and advocating for gun control.”
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