Why is the CDC Not Conducting Gun Violence Prevention Research?

Two years ago last week, President Obama ordered the CDC to resume research on the causes of gun violence. So why are they avoiding doing that research?

According to a CDC representative, their resources are too limited which has truth to it. Congress continuously denies bills that would increase funding for the CDC and in 1996, a republican Congressman stripped $2.6 million from the CDC's budget, which happened to be the same amount they had spent on gun violence prevention the year before. Funding for firearm injury prevention continued to fall 96%, down to $100,000, between 1996 and 2013.

There is some hope, however, as private foundations and other federal agencies may help to pick up a bit of the slack after President Obama's executive order. But, as a Duke University psychiatry professor said, it's difficult to match the legitimacy of a CDC report.

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