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CDC initiates gun violence study after naming it a ‘public health threat’

After calling gun violence “a public health threat” the CDC director has begun a study into gun violence in America.

Lots of people, especially Democrats, have been pushing for gun safety measures to be put in place to lower incidents of gun violence. The Biden Administration called gun violence “a public health epidemic” earlier this year. And in August, Rochelle Walensky went on CNN to talk about gun violence in America and what the CDC intends to do about it. The CDC has now announced its plans.

The CDC has a Division for Violence Prevention, and within that, a Firearm Violence Prevention department. This is the division that the research will be done through. The website explains that the “CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention is funding 10 state health departments (up to $225,000 per recipient) as part of a competitively funded initiative to provide surveillance data in near-real time on emergency visits for nonfatal firearm injuries. The government organization dispersed $2,224,482, split among 10 state health departments ($225,000), for 3 years beginning in 2020.

The CDC reported that there were 39,707 deaths in 2019 that had ties to firearm usage: “that’s about 109 people dying from a firearm-related injury each day.” They also published the following statistics: six out of every 10 deaths were firearm suicides, more than 3 out of every 10 were firearm homicides, seven out of every 10 medically treated firearm injuries are from firearm-related assaults, 2 out of every 10 are unintentional firearm injuries, and gun violence is one of the top five causes of death in people under 65. There have been ongoing debates as to whether there should be more restrictions on guns due to the reported increase in gun violence.

There are many who are outraged at what they believe to be government overreach” and “abuse of 2A rights”. The Western Journal wrote, “It’s easy to predict what conclusions the CDC will draw at the end of their study. They will most certainly recommend some form of intervention that would infringe upon our Second Amendment rights. The CDC should stay out of this debate.” On the other side of the aisle, NPR reported on the new study, along with three stories of individuals who survived gun violence to show the importance of gun safety measures.

ARTICLE: RITA VOGT

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: CNN

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