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Second Amendment at risk: The Bill Clinton CDC gun-data doctoring scandal reemerges

Written By | Apr 23, 2018

WASHINGTON: It’s a long-forgotten scandal. During the Bill Clinton presidency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began compiling statistics on gun violence in America. Even way back then, those results by CDC researchers fit the liberal anti-gun narrative. Another erosion of American’s Second Amendment rights.

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President Bill Clinton. Photo: The White House.

Bill Clinton effort doctoring data against the Second Amendment

The CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey designated deaths and injuries inflicted by guns as a “public health issue.”

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According to the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA):

“Gun control supporters within the U.S. Public Health Service started believing they could increase support for gun control by defining firearms as a disease… In 1993, Dr. Mark Rosenberg, of the Service’s Centers for Disease Control, said that the (Bill) Clinton administration wanted to ‘reframe the debate’ about gun control to portray guns as a public health menace… using taxpayer funds to underwrite research advocating gun control.”

College of Criminology and Criminal Justice calls foul

And this was recently born out by Gary Kleck of the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University in a paper released last February.

According to Kleck, the CDC suppressed its data concerning Defensive Gun Uses (DGU) in the 1990s. Missing from the CDC’s data is the number of people who were saved or saved others by using a firearm.

According to Kleck:

“CDC never reported the results of those surveys, does not report on their website any estimates of DGU frequency and does not even acknowledge that they ever asked about the topic in any of their surveys.”

Kleck adds that the CDC survey asked an important question:

“During the last 12 months, have you confronted another person with a firearm, even if you did not fire it, to protect yourself, your property, or someone else?”

Guns save lives
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All-black FN Five-seveN USG pistol. Photo: ROG5728.

The answer?

Kleck further says:

“In an average year during 1996-1998, 2.46 million U.S. adults used a gun for self-defense. This estimate, based on an enormous sample of 12,870 cases in a nationally representative sample, strongly confirms the 2.5 million… As a point of comparison, the National Crime Victimization Survey estimated that there were 680,391 violent crimes committed by offenders possessing (though not necessarily using) firearms in 1997… CDC’s results, then, imply that guns were used defensively by victims about 3.6 times as often as they were used offensively by criminals.”

So why haven’t Republican’s in Congress done something to correct the CDC’s skewed gun-data collection?

And you thought Republicans were the NRA’s lapdogs.

Shouldn’t Congress demand some answers from CDC Director Robert R. Redfield, MD? Does his agency still collect and hide data on defensive gun use?

Parkland mass shooting: time to think nationally, act locally

One month after the Parkland, Florida, mass shooting – in which a security guard died while attempting to protect high school students with nothing more than his body, Blane Gaskill, a school resource officer at a Great Mills, Maryland, high school, fatally wounded a copycat shooter.

Although two students were wounded, the shooter was the only fatality.

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Accused Parkland, Florida, shooter Nikolas J. Cruz. Police photo.

Despite demands for stricter gun-control measures by Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, the right to bear arms is not only a cherished American civil right, it’s one that clearly saves lives.

And the CDC needs to come clean and show the American people the corroborating data.


Top image: CDC’s Roybal campus in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo: James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.