Results of Obama’s own CDC study on guns support other side

Handguns on display

The results of a Center for Disease Control study on gun violence that President Barack Obama ordered to great fanfare in January are in, and they’re something he would rather have swept under the rug. They’ll also crush the messaging in the Democratic anti-gun playbook.

President Obama played ringleader to the national hysteria following the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. When Congress didn’t seem to act fast enough for him, he signed a list of 23 executive orders on gun violence — to create the illusion that something was being done.

Initiative 14 on the list directed “the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.” The Federal agency oddly justified its role by concluding gun violence is contagious, but as Bizpac Review reported shortly after the results were released, the study actually concluded that firearms aren’t the culprits that the left wants us to think they are.

Nonetheless the gun-grabbers plowed ahead, and even went to so as to write a “how-to” playbook called “Preventing Gun Violence Through Effective Messaging,” which emphasized employing emotion and ignoring fact.

The left’s reliance on emotion for pushing gun control now makes perfect sense, because the further one digs into the CDC report, the more one realizes that facts are not at all on their side according to The New American.

Concurrent with the 23 executive orders, the president called upon Congress to act on measures to stiffen background checks and ban so-called “assault rifles” and “high-capacity” magazines. The CDC study concluded that such measures would have little if any effect on gun violence.

The CDC found, for example, that the majority of gun-related deaths were due to suicide — not to ghetto-roaming gang-bangers, armed liquor store robbers or brain-addled mass shooters.

“Between the years 2000-2010 firearm-related suicides significantly outnumbered homicides for all age groups, annually accounting for 61 percent of the more than 335,600 people who died from firearms related violence in the United States,” the CDC report said.

In addition, the CDC found that firearms are used more for self-defense than they are in the commission of crimes, noting:

Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.

The report also indicated that both accidental firearm deaths and mass shootings account for a tiny fraction of gun-related deaths, and both are actually on the decline.

Of the three measures the president called for Congress to take up, only one — stiffer background checks — actually made it to the Senate, where it was easily defeated. But the CDC found that this would have had very little effect on gun violence, as criminals almost always obtain firearms outside the commercial marketplace. They borrow them from family and friends, or purchase them illegally on the street.

The one bright spot for the president was the finding that “the U.S. rate of firearm-related homicide is higher than that of any other industrialized country: 19.5 times higher than the rates in other high-income countries.”

However, these rates are horribly skewed by state and local gun laws. “If one were to exclude figures for Illinois, California, New Jersey and Washington, DC,” notes the Guardian Express, “the homicide rate in the United States would be in line with any other country.” Those are, of course, jurisdictions that have chosen to enact the country’s strictest gun laws.

The New American noted that these latest CDC findings mirror those it published in 2003, which found, “Evidence was insufficient to determine the effectiveness of any of these laws”:
– Bans on specified firearms or ammunition,
– Restrictions on firearm acquisition,
– Waiting periods for firearm acquisition,
– Firearm registration and licensing of owners, and
– Zero tolerance for firearms in schools.

The CDC’s findings shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to Second Amendment supporters. The National Rifle Association has been preaching this message for years. The president will also have learned a valuable lesson before he calls for another report: If you may not like the answer, don’t ask the question.

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  • russellbennett

    Some white people are racist, Its in their gene’s. They are Democrats. Paula Deen made a racist Remark 30 yrs ago. Bill Clinton, Joe Biden and Harry Reid all made racist remarks during the Campaign in 2008. Sound Fare?

    • Abraham Collins

      Go home, Russell, you’re drunk.

    • J August

      I’d rather not pay a fare for sound.

  • The Gent

    Michael,
    Could you please provide a link/reference for the CDC report? I would very much like to read it as well.

    • themaltese
      • Antonio Anderson

        He asked for a link to the CDC report. And you gave a link that has this statement at the bottom “The findings and conclusions on this page are those of the Community Preventive Services Task Force and do not necessarily represent those of CDC.”

        Obviously not the CDC report.

        • George Hilman

          It is the report. It was conducted by the Community Preventive Services Task Force: “These systematic reviews are conducted, with Task Force oversight, by
          scientists and subject matter experts from the Centers for Disease
          Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with a wide range of
          government, academic, policy, and practice-based partners.”

          Nothing in the federal government is simple.

    • George Hilman

      Results of Obama’s own CDC study on guns support other side

      August 18, 2013 by Michael Dorstewitz

      Obviously, it’s not a link, but you can search for it using the search engine of your choice.

    • Lance Combs

      http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=18319&page=

      Antonio’s link ends up to the same document, as well. Neither actually takes you directly to the document, though, as it appears you have to purchase it.

    • Cody Gage

      It’s not a report, it’s an outline for future study. He is the link from the other article linked in this one.

      http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18319

  • LARRY

    AS PER THE “PLAYBOOK”: WILL FACT WIN OVER EMOTION?

  • John A.

    This study doesn’t surprise anyone INCLUDING those in power positions on the left. Gun control was never about decreasing gun violence, it is about people control and government power. Of course using Alinsky’s playbook and the emotion of an underinformed electorate, these measures were supposed to pass will minimal difficulty. SURPRISE!!!

  • seazen

    “The president will also have learned a valuable lesson before he calls for another report: If you may not like the answer, don’t ask the question.”

    First, of course, one would have to actually want to have facts about any major issue or challenge before making a decision. The same standard should be applied to all reporters and those choosing to write or speak on such issues. This is as true for the full impact of the “stimulus” bill, climate change, the President’s place of birth, income disparity in the US, the change in the deficit over the past year, poverty levels, infrastructure deterioration throughout the US, voter suppression laws being enacted, etc.

    Second, one would have to examine the long term implications of the situation and make a determination as to whether they are leading the society toward goals that we value.

    If we really believe that our loved ones are safer with more and more of us carrying more and more guns (including those who are momentarily depressed or outraged or threatened) and that leading the world in violent deaths per person is cool that is one thing. If, on the other hand, we believe that this is a symptom of a deeper problem, we might want to deal with that.

    • Brian

      Actually, we don’t believe they are safer… we KNOW it!

    • Gnowark

      We SHOULD have all the facts before making a decision, and if we find we are WRONG, we SHOULD admit our errors, instead of Blame Bush! How about the Climate Change (nee Global Warming) stop conventional Energy production? The Economy? Cambridge black professor? Guantanamo? Fast and Furious? IRS? Benghazi? and the list goes on. I didn’t hear any apologies by POTUS.

  • themaltese
  • grannykate62

    ReRead Black Republicans Articles of Impeachment from last week and then reread this- Uncontrollable Exec orders and lies by obama have to be stopped. Why is CDC-Center for Disease control doing gun studies??

  • Brutus974

    There’s nothing new here… pro 2 amendment folks have been telling us this for years.

  • JOEL714

    WHAT MAKES THE IDIOTS BELIEVE THAT SOMEONE THAT INTENDS TO MURDER OTHER PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED AND OBEY-”GUN FREE ZONES” OR ANY ANTI GUN LAW? IF YOU ARE A POTENTIAL MURDERER, WHAT DO A FEW SILLY LAWS MEAN?

  • Doug

    How can you deny a good person their God-given right to blow their own brains out? It’s Un-American.

    • Brian

      Yeah, cuz you know suicide is impossible by any other method!!!

    • Mgh999

      No guns = No Suicide..tell that to Japan (2x the US rate)…UK (equal the US rate).