by Bargis Tryhol on 18/08/13 at 6:24 am
Atlanta, GA – (SatireWorld.com)
In the wake of recent mass shootings, the reaction from the left was to skewer responsible gun owners by passing restrictive laws that would’ve never prevented the tragedies in the first place. Non-deterred and faced with pressure from the radical left in his own party, Obama instructed the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to research the causes of firearm fatalities in America hoping to use the prestigious institution as a catalyst for further restrictive firearm measures.
Back in January, immediately following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, President Obama issued a “Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence,” along with 22 other “initiatives.” That study, subcontracted out to the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, was completed in June and contained some surprises for the president.
Obama had announced at the beginning of the year his push for three major gun control initiatives — universal background checks, a ban on “assault weapons,” and a ban on “high-capacity” magazines — to prevent future mass shootings, no doubt hoping that the CDC study would oblige him by providing evidence that additional gun control measures were justified to reduce gun violence. On the contrary, that study refuted nearly all the standard anti-gun narrative and instead supported many of the positions taken by gun ownership supporters.
It seems the Administration had so much egg plastered on its face that the CDC report, which was finalized and released this past June, was hidden away and not mentioned. The final insult was it being ignored by the mainstream media and never published or televised.
This supposed centerpiece study was completed in June, yet was virtually ignored by the media. Perhaps because it didn’t fit the talking points?
Hoping to hit a ‘home run,’ the President hasn’t said a word about the disparaging findings about gun control and what the ramifications are for Americans.
In brief, here is the CDC’s findings on the subject of Gun Control:
1. most gun deaths are suicides, not criminal violence.
2. there were anywhere between 500,000 to 3 million defensive uses of guns, per year.
3. both accidental deaths and mass shootings have declined, both accounting for very small fraction of gun related deaths.
4. Most criminals gain their guns from family, friends or illegal means, and so outside the “controls” envisioned by the gun control gang.
5. High gun related homicides are in Illinois, California, New Jersey, Washington D.C. skew the figures; these are areas where there are some of most restrictive gun laws.
Thus, the study tends to show that most of the gun control talk, is just that, talk, without much reality in actually addressing gun crime, and tends to support most of the things that gun rights advocates have repeatedly said for the past 35 years.