The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is known for its protection of public health. However, its role has evolved, better yet devolved, over the past few decades. Instead of solely focusing on the promotion of public health, the CDC has expanded its mission to categorize gun violence as a “public health crisis.”
In the current context of the Wuhan virus pandemic, the CDC has fumbled the ball and is beginning to lose trust among most Americans. This is part of a broader trend taking place in American politics where Americans are losing trust in the federal government’s ability to carry out basic functions.
For example, Pew Research exposed a multi-decade decline in terms of trust in the federal government. Back in 1964, 77% of Americans said they trusted the federal government to do the right thing “just about always” or “most of the time.” Fast forward 57 years later, less than 25% of Americans had that level of trust in the federal government.
Specifically, RAND Corporation carried out research that found “Public trust in the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has fallen during the coronavirus pandemic.” RAND Corporation observed, “Surveys done among a representative group of Americans in May and October of 2020 show about a 10% decline in trust of the CDC over that period.” In addition, “Declines in trust in the CDC were widely observed across groups,” including among those who intended to vote for Joe Biden.
Similarly, polling from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health discovered heightened levels of distrust with the public health system.
One of the main points that this study noted was how the CDC has shifted its focus from public health to trendy leftist policies as highlighted below:
In the United States, over the past several decades, the field of public health has moved away from focusing on infectious disease control and now encompasses a much wider range of issues such as the environment and climate change, injury prevention, racism, healthy housing, and reducing drug and alcohol abuse.
In August, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky pushed the envelope by going on a CNN interview to publicize the agency’s plans to undermine Second Amendment rights. To signal her commitment to civilian disarmament, Walensky stated, “I swore to the President and to this country that I would protect your health. This is clearly one of those moments, one of those issues that is harming America’s health.”
Walensky hinted at potentially passing red flag gun confiscation orders when she observed that “The firearm injury is probably the most distal part of what happens. It is the end event. What are the 10, 12, 15 things where we could have intervened before that singular event?”
The CDC and its subdivision, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), have been instrumental in propping up analytically dubious and flimsy research to justify their advocacy for harsh gun control laws.
For example, a 1993 CDC report titled “Injury Control in the 1990s: A National Plan for Action” called for may-issue handgun licensing, “a registry of all gun purchases,” and to criminalize “possession of unregistered handguns.”
To justify gun control, the Left has gotten creative. They’re now branding gun violence as a public health issue and have even suggested that there’s a mental health component to the matter. The Left never rests and they’re always looking for a way to destroy basic American freedoms.
Second Amendment patriots must be prepared for whatever Gun Control Inc. throws at them. These anti-gun zealots aren’t playing around.
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