Skip to comments.Gun Control By Way Of Health Reform
Posted on 10/26/2009 9:53:26 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA
Gun Rights: A decade after Congress forbade the CDC from studying the health consequences of gun ownership, the National Institutes of Health has started funding such research. Will reform pry the guns from our cold, sick hands?
More than a decade ago Congress, seeing it as a backdoor assault on the 2nd Amendment and the right to keep and bear arms, voted to cut funding for firearms research by the Centers for Disease Control. Such research was viewed as one-sided and based on flawed assumptions that all gun use was bad, even that which saved lives and deterred crime.
"It's almost as if someone's been looking for a way to get this study done ever since the Centers for Disease Control was banned from doing it 10 years ago," said Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, of one of the NIH studies. "But it doesn't make any more sense now than it did then."
In response to inquiries about the studies, NIH spokesman Don Ralbovsky said: "Gun-related violence is a public health problem it diverts considerable health care resources away from other problems and, therefore, is of interest to NIH."
Considering the drive for health care reform and the views on private gun ownership held by this administration and appointees such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, this renewed linkage between gun control and public health is of interest to defenders of the 2nd Amendment as well.
After the 1996 shooting of 16 kids in Dunblane, Scotland, the United Kingdom passed one of the strictest gun-control laws in the world, banning its citizens from owning almost all types of handguns. But that didn't cut down on violent crime, which nearly doubled from 1998-99 to 2002-03.
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I am hoping for the NRA to jump in here with some ads opposing Obamacare.
I am growing increasingly frustrated with the NRA. They are almost too political for their own good.
Gun Owners of America has been alerting their members to this backdoor "healthcare" gun grab for a year now. I suspect JFPO has been on it, too.
Gun control wont be the only control by what they call health care reform. None of these controls are what they seem. The phony health control thing is about population control through rationing or flat out denial based on behavior. Plus, it will be run by the same people who brought us to our current economic situation by getting involved in the housing/banking/auto businesses. How well are they doing now since the benevelont govt has taken them over. Now they want the medical industry.
Those takeovers were small potatoes. Methinks they view the medical industry takeover more akin to duplicating the success of the “military-industrial complex”.
Hell yea, they can link just about any kind of behavior as detrimental to the health of the commune and must be stopped. Guns cause death, so they must outlaw guns never mind the thug who pulled the trigger.
Neal Young may be a dope-smoking hippie liberal, but he was right about one thing: “Rust Never Sleeps”.
These people will never rest until liberty is crushed under their boot heels.