CDC study on gun law-violence link inconclusive
- The following article, attributed to Kirsten Wyatt of the Associated Press,
appeared on page A8 of the Friday, October 3, 2003 edition of the Arizona
Republic. There is something sinister about the use of a public health
agency to push the gun-grabber agenda, but they can't seem to cook the
books enough to do so. No study is needed to show that such link does
not hold water. Japan and Britain have rates of murder and violent crime
as high as those of the USA, and in those countries virtually no one can
lawfully own firearms.
CDC: NO PROOF GUN LAWS CURB VIOLENCE
Agency Cautions Study Isn't Definitive
Atlanta--A fedeal review of the nation's gun-control laws, including
mandatory waiting periods and bans on certain weapons, found no proof
such measures reduce firearm violence.
The review, released Thursday, was conducted by a task force of scientists
appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC said the report suggests more study is needed, not that gun laws
don't work. But the agency siad it has no plans to spend more money on
Some conservatives have said the CDC should limit itself to studying
diseases, and some have complained in the past that the agency has used
firearms-tracking data to subtly push gun control. In fact, since a
1996 fight in Congress, the CDC has been prohibited from using funds to
press for gun-control laws.
Since then, the task force reviewed 51 published studies about the
effectiveness of eight types of gun-control laws.
The laws included bans on specific firearms or ammunition, measures
barring felons from buying guns, and mandatory waiting periods and
firearm registration. None of the studies was done by the federal
In every case, a CDC task force found "insufficient evidence to determine
"I would not want to speculate on how different groups may interpret this
report," said Dr. Sue Blinder, director of CDC's Center for Injury
Prevention and Control. "It's simply a review of the literature."
Most of the studies were not funded by the CDC. Gun-control advocates
quickly called on the government to fund better research.