It was reported today that The National Institute of Health is conducting studies into the affects that guns have on health.
This same type of study was discontinued by the CDC more than 10 years ago and deemed useless. Under the Obama administration it has been handed quietly to another agency to continue.
Gun owners should be aware that this is taking place and the possible implications it may have. I'm sure anyone with common sense will know that teenagers who carry guns, drink and hang out on corners are more likely to be involved in a shooting incident than other teens.
Read the linked article for more. U.S. Quietly begins to study gun safety.
The administration is spending your tax dollars why?
"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," Don Ralbovsky, NIH spokesman, wrote in an e-mail responding to questions about the grants.
"These particular grants do not address gun control; rather they deal with the surrounding web of circumstances involved in many violent crimes, especially how alcohol policy may reduce the public health burden from gun-related injury and death," he said.
Republican lawmakers have questioned the value of these studies. "They're also leery of NIH research relating to firearms in general, recalling how 13 years ago the House voted to cut CDC funding when critics complained that the agency was trying to win public support for gun control.
"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," Rep. Joe L. Barton, Texas Republican, said of one of the NIH studies. "But it doesn't make any more sense now than it did then."(Washington Times)
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