They decided that "Gun Violence" was a 'disease', rather than a Societal Ill, and the researchers at CDC were under no congressional constraints to limit their "findings" to the neutral scientific research techniques which we, the American Public who paid for their efforts, would have legitimately expected.
Instead, the researchers at CDC acted more like shills for gun-control groups, and skewed their 'research' results to meet their pre-determined bias.
After a while, Gun-rights people grew tired of paying for a governmental agency to undermine their constitutional rights, and so they began to complain to their congress-critters.
Said congress-critters understood where their campaign funding was coming from, and it wasn't a governmental agency which took money OUT of the never-ending public funds. And so, they passed a law that said:
"Hey! You guys are a one-note samba, and our tax-base isn't happy with That Thing That You Do!The CDC said:
We're not going to tell you to cut it out. We're just going to tell you to do it on your own time. We're not going to PAY you to undermine the constitution any more, 'cause the voters are pissed."
"Oh, damn, we never had any idea that you would notice. But .. okay, we'll be good boys and maybe sometime later the voters will fall back to sleep and we can go back to Business As usual. Okay?"
"Well, okay. But next time, don't make damned fools of yourselves, okay? It makes all of us in Congress look like .... well, never mind. Just quit it!"
So the CDC quit publishing "Guns Are Bad" papers, because they weren't being paid to make up stories, and eventually they got back to Scarlet Fever and Rubella and (lately) even more horrendous diseases .. you know, things which have something obviously to do with DISEASE!
And all was well with the world. The Center for Disease Control went back to researching actual .. you now .. DISEASE! And the world was a kinder, gentler place.
Until Sandy Hook.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and 6 adult staff members. Prior to driving to the school, Lanza shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. As first responders arrived at the scene, Lanza committed suicideby shooting himself in the head.And suddenly, all retrains were lifted and the United States Government (in the person of Our Dear Leader,
Year after year, those who oppose even modest gun-safety measures have threatened to defund scientific or medical research into the causes of gun violence, I will direct the Centers for Disease Control to go ahead and study the best ways to reduce it,” Obama said on Jan. 16.For Our "Dear Leader" said: "Cry Havoc! And Let Loose The Dogs Of War!
And that is why, Dear Children, the faithful researchers of the Center for Disease Control are once again allowed to interpret the Second Amendment as a "Disease". That is why we may expect to receive increasingly strident warnings about the dangers of private firearms ownership in an "unprincipled" field of controversy. (Yes, that IS a link to a 2013 essay at REASON magazine entitled:
The REASON why we can't trust the CDC with Gun Research is that they are not neutral, and just searching for the facts; they Have An Agenda, and they're not afraid to use it!
Or, in other words, do they DO "... have a dog in this fight.....".
And why is the NRA being vilified for their opposition to CDC research on "The Gun Control Issue"?
Why we can't trust the CDC with gun research:
Let’s be clear, the National Rifle Association is not opposed to research that would encourage the safe and responsible use of firearms and reduce the numbers of firearm-related deaths. Safety has been at the core of the NRA’s mission since its inception. But that is not the goal of the gun control advocates who are behind the calls for CDC funding.