MILLINOCKET, Maine, May 25, 2014 – Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey and New York Representative Carolyn Maloney, both Democrats, have introduced legislation that would give the Centers for Disease Control $10 million a year for six years, starting in 2015. The aim of the legislation would be to fund research on gun violence prevention and firearms safety.
In President Obama’s budget for 2014, he allocated $10 million for gun violence research, but Congress will have to fund further research after this year.
“It is time we study the issue of gun violence like the public health crisis it is. If we want to prevent injury and deaths from guns, we need to know what can be done to prevent it,” Markey said in a statement accompanying the legislation.
“In America, gun violence kills twice as many children as cancer, and yet political grandstanding has halted funding for public health research to understand this crisis. We know from other examples that research can produce dramatic, life-saving results,” Rep. Maloney said.
One doesn’t know whether to marvel at the lack of common sense in this legislation or to be insulted that these people think the public has no common sense.
Gun safety instruction has been around since the first firearm was invented. Handling weapons of any kind requires common sense. Bad people do bad things to other people with any weapon, tool or rock they can get their hands on; do we really need to spend $70 million to come to that conclusion?
Or perhaps there’s another agenda. Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton spoke at the National Council for Behavioral Health conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland. In a remarkable example of double-speak she said:
“I think again we’re way out of balance. I think that we’ve got to rein in what has become an almost article of faith that anybody can have a gun, anywhere, anytime. And I don’t believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people. And I think you can say that and still support the right of people to own guns.”
If Progressive Democrats succeed in portraying the use of firearms as some kind of pandemic to be attacked aggressively in order to wipe it out, common sense and the Second Amendment will be wiped out along with it.
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