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senate Bill S. 834

Should the Centers for Disease Control Spend $10 Million a Year Researching the Prevention of Gun Violence?

Argument in favor

There’s no reason for the Centers for Disease Control to be prevented from researching gun violence, and $10 million per year is a reasonable amount.

Chuck's Opinion
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03/02/2018
Excluding science hurts us all. We need this approach
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03/02/2018
Gun violence kill almost as many children as car accidents per year, yet due to gun manufacturers, we somehow have no data on this clear public risk. Lives are more important than war profiteers' profits.
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druuuuuuums's Opinion
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10/07/2017
The CDC has conducted research on issues that weren't related to disease, such as automobile related deaths and injuries. It's a major reason we have seat belts now. Having a non partisan source of research is important.
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Argument opposed

No federal funds should be used to promote gun control, and that’s what CDC research would ultimately go toward if this bill is enacted.

JTJ's Opinion
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03/02/2018
Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns. Duh.
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Ryan's Opinion
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04/07/2017
This bill is a joke and yet another waste of tax payers dollars by people who don't understand what the fundamental cause of gun violence is. Yet, they want to appropriate 60 million dollars to the Center of Decease Control to "study" it. Really? Ed Markey, you are a joke sir.
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Michael's Opinion
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03/02/2018
The CDC has publicly admitted bias against firearms. "We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes... Now it is dirty, deadly -- and banned." - Dr. Mark Rosenberg.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedApril 5th, 2017
    Excluding science hurts us all. We need this approach
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    Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns. Duh.
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    Gun violence kill almost as many children as car accidents per year, yet due to gun manufacturers, we somehow have no data on this clear public risk. Lives are more important than war profiteers' profits.
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    The CDC has conducted research on issues that weren't related to disease, such as automobile related deaths and injuries. It's a major reason we have seat belts now. Having a non partisan source of research is important.
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    This feels like a palliative gesture, but the CDC has the potential to actual sway lawmakers and/or the voting public. Barring actual gun control laws, I'm in favor of granting them the funding as the smallest possible step in the right direction.
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    This bill is a joke and yet another waste of tax payers dollars by people who don't understand what the fundamental cause of gun violence is. Yet, they want to appropriate 60 million dollars to the Center of Decease Control to "study" it. Really? Ed Markey, you are a joke sir.
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    The CDC has publicly admitted bias against firearms. "We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes... Now it is dirty, deadly -- and banned." - Dr. Mark Rosenberg.
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    Way past time for this to happen!
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    Sensible gun legislation needs to happen!
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    The CDC is an impartial, nonpartisan federal agency. It should be allowed to research gun violence, as it is a public safety issue, the same as automobile accidents. That was treated as a public safety issue that the CDC researched, and then came seatbelt laws and safer cars and roads. People die much less often from car crashes than they used to because the main problems causing the crashes were identified and addressed. Gun safety should be treated the same way - guns are potentially dangerous pieces of machinery that require some kind of skill to use, just like cars. This doesn't mean guns will be taken away - you still see cars everywhere, but there are steps people have to go through to purchase one, and a license you have to have to prove you know how to use one. Guns can also be made safer so not so many people die accidentally. Do you really think it's okay that so many children get their hands on these? And how can we prevent mass shootings? We are the only country in the developed world where mass shootings happen regularly. How can this be prevented? We can't know unless we can research it. And $10 million is small change compared to the rest of our budget. Well worth it if even a few lives could be saved in the future.
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    So many lives lost to this dreadful disease. The CDC is obligated to research such a killer and advise our government on actions to mitigate it. Our government should be working to protect the people, not the gun lobby.
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    Gun violence is a health issue that the CDC can help greatly with. Please vote for this and get rid of the Dickey Amendment.
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    Why Not. Too Many Psychos Running Amoke.
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    The CDC conducts research to help influence legislation that helps keep people safe, like in the case of motor vehicles. It is worth conducting researching to see how we can positively make changes to help protect the people. With the power to take life, it should be researched.
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    Gun violence is obviously a growing problem in our country and we need to do something to protect our citizens. While some type of gun control is needed, there are obviously mental issues that need to be addressed, and not only through more extensive background checks. I think this legislation would be a good start.
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    In favor
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    It’s time for the NRA’s efforts to preserve American ignorance about responsible gun use to end. Congress and the public have a right to be informed by science.
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    I say yes, however, this should be a part of a BALANCED BUDGET. I don’t know how our government manages to overspend itself ALL. OF. THE. TIME.
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    Gun violence is a leading health and mortality cause and just like we study vehicular safety when it causes injury and mortality, because it’s not cars that injure or kill people, it’s people, so we should do due diligence to study all ways, not just gun control but including gun control, to honor the spilled blood of our children and prevent more from happening.
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    YEA
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