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It appears that The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took down a study regarding the use of firearms in self-defense by Americans.
The agency commissioned the study but received pressure from gun-control advocates who argue that the results of the study would make it more difficult to pass gun-control legislation.
Imagine facts getting in the way of your agenda!
According to The Reload, a news publication “dedicated to reporting on firearms policy and politics,” gun control groups pressured the CDC for months to take down the study.
The Reload obtained emails showing that three gun-control advocates later met with CDC officials during the summer of 2021.
In a follow-up email to the CDC, attendee Mark Bryant wrote, “[T]hat 2.5 Million number needs to be killed, buried, dug up, killed again and buried again. It is highly misleading, is used out of context and I honestly believe it has zero value – even as an outlier point in honest DGU discussions.”
“And while that very small study by Gary Kleck has been debunked repeatedly by everyone from all sides of this issue [even Kleck] it still remains canon by gun rights folks and their supporting politicians and is used as a blunt instrument against gun safety regulations every time there is a state or federal level hearing,” Bryant claimed in the email.
“Put simply, in the time that study has been published as ‘a CDC Study’ gun violence prevention policy has ground to a halt, in no small part because of the misinformation that small study provided,” he added.
“We are planning to update the fact sheet in early 2022 after the release of some new data,” Beth Reimels, Associate Director for Policy, Partnerships, and Strategic Communication at the CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention, wrote in an email to the advocates in December 2021.
“We will also make some edits to the content we discussed that I think will address the concerns you and other partners have raised.”
Kleck stands by the conclusions of his study. He is a professor emeritus at Florida State University’s College of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He has extensive experience in studying defensive firearm use.
“CDC is just aligning itself with the gun-control advocacy groups,” he told The Reload. “It’s just saying: ‘we are their tool, and we will do their bidding.’ And that’s not what a government agency should do.”
He also argues that you can’t have a proper gun-control debate while eliminating the aspect of defensive gun use.
When 2nd Amendment supporters learn of the deletion of studies like this, it backs their fears of eventual gun prohibition in this country.
It furthers the belief that gun control legislation will lead to losing the right to own a gun for self-protection.
America is on a frightening path with government agencies working in lockstep with the Democrat party and groups who wish to further their progressive agenda.