BELLEVUE, WAâ€”A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that there is no conclusive evidence that gun control laws contribute to decreases in violent crime or suicide â€œproves what we have been saying for years,â€ the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.
â€œFor years,â€ said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron, â€œanti-gun groups, often citing the CDCâ€™s earlier biased research, had claimed more gun laws will reduce violent crime and suicide. CDC stopped conducting advocacy research in 1996 by order of Congress. Now, according to more balanced research, the CDC is basically acknowledging that its earlier efforts, and those of extremist gun grabbers, have been all wet.â€
Yet the CDC, evidently unhappy with the available research, wants to study the issue more, arguing that there is â€œinsufficient evidence to determine the effectiveness of any of the firearms laws reviewed for preventing violence.â€ Waldron rejected that as more partisan politics.
â€œBecause the CDC could not reach yet another anti-gun conclusion,â€ he said, â€œthey want to study some more, at least until they come up with a report that squared with their long-standing anti-gun agenda. That doesnâ€™t wash. For the first time, CDC has had to acknowledge that gun control doesnâ€™t work.â€
The report brought an incredulous comment from Peter Hamm with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence: â€œItâ€™s hard to study whether gun control laws work in this country because we have so few of them.â€
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb offered this blistering response: â€œHamm is half-baked. Gun ownership in this country is heavily regulated by a Pandoraâ€™s Box of federal, state and local gun laws, many which often conflict with one another to the point that private citizens cannot know whether they are obeying a law while breaking another. The CDC report seems to confirm what weâ€™ve been saying all along. Gun control laws have no impact on criminals, only law-abiding citizens who donâ€™t commit crimes. To suggest we need more laws when the ones already passed as successive panaceas apparently havenâ€™t worked is ludicrous.
â€œThe CDCâ€™s suggestion for additional studies, simply because they donâ€™t like the results of their own research, is like treating a patient with drugs that you know arenâ€™t working, so you give him more of the same drugs,â€ Gottlieb observed.