CDC to Obama: citizens carrying guns a crime deterrent

When the gun control advocates came out in force this past week after the Orlando massacre

I was a little confused on a talking point being brought up. Even President Obama spoke of it. Many called for the CDC to do a major study on gun crimes and violence. Then it hit me that there was one done and cost taxpayers $10 Million. President Obama better start reading his executive orders before he signs them.

Website cnsnews.com carried the story in 2013. Below are a few snippets:

“Self-defense can be an important crime deterrent,”says a new report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The $10 million study was commissioned by President Barack Obama as part of 23 executive orders he signed in January.

“Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies,” the CDC study, entitled “Priorities For Research to Reduce the Threat of Firearm-Related Violence,” states.

The report, which notes that “ violent crimes, including homicides specifically, have declined in the past five years,” also pointed out that “some firearm violence results in death, but most does not.” In fact, the CDC report said, most incidents involving the discharge of firearms do not result in a fatality.

The CDC’s findings – that guns are an effective and often used crime deterrent and that most firearm incidents are not fatal – could affect the future of gun violence research..

 

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