Courtesy of Politico:
House Republican appropriators Wednesday rejected a proposal to designate millions of dollars for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for gun violence research, voting 32-20 to keep the language out of a fiscal 2019 spending bill.
The party-line vote marked Democrats’ latest failed bid to spur studies into preventing firearm-related injuries and deaths — and comes despite a bipartisan agreement earlier this year that the CDC is permitted to conduct such research. The agency’s ability to study gun violence had been limited by a 1996 provision that prevented the CDC from collecting data to advocate for gun control.
“It’s time that we give the scientists the tools to study the causes of firearm injury, in hopes that more Americans can be spared from violent suicide and firearm-related accidents,” said Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), who introduced the amendment.
The measure, which would’ve been tacked onto the House’s fiscal 2019 Labor-HHS-Education spending bill, proposed earmarking $10 million for competitive grants to support gun violence research.
Now gee, why wouldn’t the Republicans want to invest funds in helping to protect Americans from gun violence?
After all, they see the same headlines we do about school shootings, drive-by shootings, and “accidental” shootings.
Could it be because they care more about protecting the NRA from embarrassing facts than they do about protecting the average American citizen?
Keep in mind that the NRA, with the help of these Republican appeasers, have blocked the CDC from examining these facts for over 20 7ears.