One good thing – although really it’s only the undoing of a bad thing. Obama’s new moves on gun control included 23 unilateral orders, which included an end to a ban on gun-violence research by the CDC. A what? An end to a ban on what? Yes: a ban on gun-violence research by the Centers for Disease Control. The NRA has way too much power.
Obama issued a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other scientific agencies to research the causes and prevention of gun violence — and he called on Congress to provide $10 million to pay for it.
“We don’t benefit from ignorance. We don’t benefit from not knowing the science from this epidemic of violence,” he said.
The move effectively reverses 17 years of what scientists say has been a virtual ban on basic federal research… [Read more...]