I have mentioned elsewhere that the CDC was forbidden to conduct research on gun violence as a public health crisis. It is not quite that, but in the ’90s there was legislation (the 1996 Dickey Amendment) prohibiting CDC from promoting gun control, thus Congress defunded gun violence research by CDC, which the legislation did NOT require. In other words, the gun lobby got Congress to abuse that legislation as an excuse for defunding research on gun violence as a public health matter. This is changing lately, but in relatively meager amounts of funding (it has been called “a drop in the bucket” by public health people). In 2012, Congressman Jay Woodson Dickey, Jr. said that he regretted the outcome of his amendment in blocking CDC funding of gun violence research.
How do you define gun control promotion? Research showing that lack of gun control is a public health threat? Does that count as promoting gun control? To a member of the Autocracy Party? Whatever Dickey’s conscience may have attained, to a member of today’s Autocracy Party, of course anything showing that guns are a public health threat is deemed gun control promotion. No wonder a leading Autocracy Party senator was vociferously booed by his own people the other day when he promoted meager new (and useless) measures of gun control in the wake of the Uvalde school shootings. If you try to do anything to improve gun safety, you are anti-gun-owner, in the minds of the power-addicted party faithful. That’s not just political power they are addicted to. It’s their adolescent sensation of phallic power in firing a gun, along with loud exhaust pipes and burning rubber. “Look at me, I’m powerful.” Bang bang dipshit.