Friday, December 04, 2015

Physicians demand end to 20 year ban on research into gun violence.

Courtesy of Think Progress:  

This ban, supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA), has effectively silenced researchers at both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) for conducting any comprehensive studies on what causes violence — and what can be done to prevent it — since 1996. As expected, it’s left public health experts and policymakers with little to lean on as they attempt to craft new legislation to help quell the fatal trend. 

At Wednesday’s press conference, led by Doctors for America, doctors presented a petition signed by more than 2,000 physicians in all 50 states requesting an end to the restriction. 

“It’s disappointing to me that we’ve made little progress in the past 20 years in finding solutions to gun violence,” said Dr. Nina Agrawal, who’s been a pediatrician in the South Bronx for years. “In my career, I’ve seen children lives saved from measles, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, motor vehicle accidents…because of federal scientific data and research. It’s frustrating that the CDC is not permitted to do the same type of research for gun violence.” 

Instead, GOP leaders have tried to make gun violence an issue that requires mental health research, despite the fact that less than 3 percent of U.S. crimes involve someone with a mental illness. And the most recent argument against CDC-funded research is that “a gun is not a disease” — even though the CDC has been researching motor vehicles, natural disasters, poor ventilation systems, and many other topics that wouldn’t be labeled a disease for years. The politicians behind these arguments have yet to suggest simply allocating money to another government agency. 

“Politicians have put a gag order on public health research for gun violence only to score political points,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, who also spoke at the event. “On public health matters, it’s critical we listen to doctors — not politicians.”

Please let this last spate of gun violence be enough to finally get Americans off their asses and willing to vocally, and politically, support changes in how we deal with guns in this country.

I don't know about everybody else but I am goddamn tired of writing headlines about people being shot to death.


  1. Anonymous6:24 AM

    One can hope. The AMA lobby rivals the NRA so maybe something will be done.

  2. Leland6:24 AM

    "I don't know about everybody else but I am goddamn tired of writing headlines about people being shot to death."

    And I am tired of having to READ them!

    1. Anonymous8:55 AM

      It is sickening and I am sick and tired of it.

      Sad that we need to know what is happening and the worst may be yet to come. I don't see a quick fix. Becoming an ostrich?

  3. Anonymous6:29 AM

    Why would anyone want to own an assault rifle? Their only use is for killing. Certainly can not use one for hunting. They never should have been available on the open market. Maybe the rise in police violence is linked to the fact that with these destructive weapons available, the police fear for their lives? Bullet proof vests are no match for the piercing bullets being sold. This country has gone MAD. It would only take one crazy ass with one of these rifles to open fire on some politicians, to get laws passed faster than defunding Planned Parenthood.

    1. Anonymous7:15 AM

      You can thank Dubya for that.

    2. Anonymous7:21 AM

      You have no idea what you are writing about, and are wrong on almost every count. A true liberal.

    3. Anonymous8:57 AM

      @ 7:21 AM

      What is a true conservative? Someone that can't say what they are talking about? You don't even say who you are addressing.

    4. Anonymous10:29 AM

      7;21 I am 6;29 I am a liberal and proud of it. The conservatives in this country are all FREAKS. Look at the group running for the WH. All spouting religion and outdated ideas. Bought and paid for by multi millionaires. Do you HONESTLY think they care about you or anyone else? The want to line their own pockets. Cruz wants to destroy the government, so it can be restructured according to his crazy father's vision. Rubio spends like a drinken sailor with the GOP credit card, and can not answer a question with a sraight answer. His mistress has been exposed, so lets hear her story. Not one single one of them fit to shine President Obama;s shoes.

  4. Anonymous6:41 AM

    You wrote:

    " I don't know about everybody else but I am goddamn tired of writing headlines about people being shot to death. "

    Is someone holding a goddamn gun to your head forcing you to write those goddamn headlines?

    Hey, maybe you could waste more goddamn time writing goddamn headlines about Bristol and who is the goddamn baby daddy.

    Goddammit !!

    1. Anonymous6:53 AM

      Hey 6:41, is someone holding a goddamn gun to your head forcing you to read this blog? Time for you to take a timeout.

    2. Anonymous7:01 AM


    3. Balzafiar7:05 AM

      The most important headline ever written on this blog would be the one revealing the true identity of the parents of Trig.

    4. Anonymous7:15 AM

      IF, and it is a BIG if, Bristles herself even knows who the baby daddy is, then Gryph will write about it. Right now the baby is making her look like the skank that she is, pregnant by ??? who knows. Not even the mama. Such fine upstanding Christians, these PayMes.

    5. Anonymous8:43 AM

      I thought all you liberals love single moms that have no idea where or who the baby daddy is?

    6. Anonymous10:34 AM

      8;43 Well, wrong again. You are thinking about the red state bible belt mothers. We liberals encourage a single mother to get an edication, after the FIRST illigitimate child. Bristles is uneducated and just gave birth to #5. That is just pure unadulterated STUPIDITY. So sorry for all her kids, except Tripp, growing up without fathers. Such fine, family values Christians this family of unemployed grifters.

    7. Anonymous3:12 PM

      If pause before you play paused to NOT have a baby anytime someone blows in her ear, we wouldn't need headlines like "Pregnant Unmarried Bristol has no clue who the baby daddy is" Goddamnit! What a role model, for what, I don't know.

    8. Anonymous9:38 PM

      10:34 Tripp has the Chuck grandpop and Chuck unk. He has all the trial daddies and any number of other men from this and that. He is allowed to see his biological father when Bristol lets him. The man that Bristol told him stood him up at a Jump Place. The man whose face Bristol enjoyed shooting up so Tripp would have that in his memory album,

      It is hard to think about how confusing his life must be. No wonder he wears that stiff smile on his face when he is with her or posing for her.

  5. Anonymous6:46 AM

    I went to doctors for America website and signed up to support their efforts and will make a donation. They need our support!

  6. Anonymous7:43 AM

    New York Daily News Lists NRA’s Wayne LaPierre Among American Terrorists

    1. Anonymous8:29 AM

      I agree with this analysis totally. The USA has many terrorists within our ranks, beginning with Republican politicians in D.C. (Congress).

  7. Anonymous7:44 AM

    Truly, the only thing that will cause the politicians to change their minds about guns is when a group gets together to start assassinating those politicians. When those politicians get picked off one by one, then there will be some action.

    U.S.ians love their guns too much. There is no room in the world of the gun nut to allow for reasonable restrictions.

    Archie Butt.

    1. Anonymous12:45 PM

      Would that get the attention of our Republican politicians in D.C.? They are awfully thick headed and hell bent to do ANYTHING that counters President Obama!

      They are going down one way or another would be my guess. Like at the voting booth for 2016!

      They've made so many enemies to include Muslims, blacks, Asians and brown Americans. They are racists - led by The Donald!!!

  8. Anonymous7:54 AM

    Suck on this headline asshole.

    " Killer wife pleged allegiance to ISIS"

    1. Anonymous8:10 AM

      Careful 7:54, you will upset the liberal apple cart of misdirection and obfuscation. Naturally the best way to handle foreign ISIS is to take away our individual rights of protection.

    2. Anonymous8:15 AM

      Build a fucking bunker then, "assholes!"

    3. Leland8:20 AM

      Right back at you, shit face. That has little to do with the subject here, which is better gun control and firearms studies. Those shooters may have been ISIS. So what? They STILL got the weapons they used legally!

      Pay attention stupid! The US has the HIGHEST civilian murder rate and firearms death rate in the world and I, for one, don't give a damn WHO does the shooting. If they can get the weapons they need without a care in the world, we have a major problem you seem to wish to refuse to acknowledge.

      And just so you know, I would not have responded with my insult had you been more civilized in your posting. Try a less abrasive posting next time.

      BTW, yes, I expect you to respond with hateful intent and foul language. That won't change a bit of what I said. And, no, you won't get any further response from me.

    4. Anonymous8:45 AM

      "Those shooters may have been ISIS. So what?"

      Hey leland why don't you go get a job as a speech writer for Obama? You'd be perfect.

    5. Anonymous9:05 AM

      firearms studies

      There are those that are fearful and terrified of study. Several comments have shown they are so scared their anger and reactionary selves take over. Also they are proof that more attention needs to be paid to mental health.

    6. Leland10:31 AM


      Why thank you. I wasn't aware your type was capable of compliments!

    7. Anonymous2:14 PM

      Robert Dear's headline could be 'Killer's wife divorced him' or 'No one would ever marry killer' He may be like Bristol Palin and never marriage material.

      When you are dead you don't care about those matters. Those left behind suffer the same grief regardless of anyone's religion or marital status.

      I would like to see more study on all the shooters, extremist radicals and self radicalized extremists. Research and study on the causes of violence, the gun culture all of that is productive and the best steps to take towards a safer country.

      The criminals that put us in a war with their lies are the ones that or going to prevent any progress toward safety and improving education. They do not want the public to think in terms of the results of war on the country.

  9. Anonymous8:12 AM

    NRA Fanatic Ted Nugent Calls On Conservatives To Grab Their Guns And ‘Cleanse’ America Of Liberals (VIDEO)
    ‘They Are at War With Us!’: Geraldo and Pirro Have Heated Debate on Radical Islamists

    Christian terrorists at war

    1. Anonymous8:31 AM

      Robert Dear victims are just as dead as any other victims of self radicalized extremists.
      Why aren't we hearing more about what they are learning about his cache?

    2. Because it's Liberals stockpiling guns and ammo and it's Liberals that are committing all these mass shootings.


      Unless you believe that B.S. Ted Cruz is spewing. (And I'll be Ted Nugent does.)

  10. Anonymous8:17 AM


  11. Anonymous8:27 AM

    We are one fucked up nation when compared to the rest of them on this planet!

    Kill, kill, kill - cops, cops, cops (like the military!) - guns, guns, guns - revolution where Americans kill each other isn't too far off, I'm guessing.

    1. Anonymous8:52 AM

      When Bush/Chaney gang lied to us so they could shock and awe and kill people. Including their own troops, the ones that lived that weren't maimed. Also, too, the ones that lived and came home and the ones like Sargeant Track Palin that can return to Iraq in 2015.

      When that count down to war was in discussion, I recall one of the warnings about so much military and propaganda to glorify war was how it would effect the country and communities, the lives of children and families in the future.

      There were those that tried to warn us. "Kill, kill, kill - cops, cops, cops (like the military!) - guns, guns, guns" would result in what is happening now.

      Now we are seeing that side of what Bush/Chaney did. Their philosophy never ended. It has been carried on by the warmongers of today.

      Yep, they may not have intended to have all that is happening. They believed they were brilliant strategists. They could topple Sadam and control Iraq. They would not listen to those in the know that knew that was not a likely outcome.

      Now it is important to warmongers to keep fighting wars. they have to have an enemy. They only want Radicalized Islamic enemies and hence they ignore the Radicalized Christians.

      No one is going to say there is a 'revolution' where Americans kill each other happening now. It is more like a civil war where Americans kill each. Extremists of all ilks are killers and they are killing.

      Don't forget the 'War on Drugs' and all that.

    2. Anonymous10:11 AM

      OK, OK, OK - civil war, civil war, civil war where Americans will kill each other. It is in our future. Cop, cops, cops are killing Americans when there is no need. They will go in and kill, kill, kill - 10 to 15 cops against one, one, one person - and, then stand there and shoot, shoot, shoot multiple bulletts, bulletts, bullets, into that one person lying on the ground, dead, dead, dead within the first or second shot by one of the cops.

      Something needs to be done and I wish, wish, wish I had the answer. But, but, but all I know is that, that, that I hate watching needless youngsters losing, losing, losing their lives in front of our faces and on those videos that have caught cops in their bad, bad, bad deeds.

    3. Anonymous2:31 PM

      OK, OK, OK - I agree with you except I don't think it is our future, I think it is what is happening now. No one is calling a spade a spade. I don't see our enemy as this extremist or that one. It is any and all of them.

      I am not a fortune teller and don't know what the future will be. I know we need to confront the facts and research and study can be a great help. We need to start now and stop doing what doesn't work and keeps us cycling and recycling the sos.

      One thing that would help me is if we could put the warmongers that are criminals in prison. We need some kind of unity and clarity about what we do with murderers and torturers of all types. You don't have to take a gun and shoot someone to be the one most responsible for a death. Chaney was in a lovely safe place and he didn't shoot anyone he killed. Manson didn't hands on kill anyone we know about.

      Remember how urgent and important to convict Manson and put him away to keep the country safe? We should be more vocal and strong about killers like Bush and Chaney. They are free and doing more harm. How can any American be at peace with that?

      I am for convicting the enablers that support the Bush/Chaney's also too.

  12. Anonymous9:13 AM

    I would add to this graphic:

    In one year, guns watered the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants this many times:

    0 in Finland
    0 in Australia
    0 in England and Wales
    0 in Spain
    0 in Germany
    0 in Canada
    0 in the United States

  13. Anonymous9:14 AM

    It started LONG BEFORE they got to INACT the plan of their forefathers. DICK FUCKING CHENEY IS A WAR CRIMINAL & a TRAITOR to this country. ALL for OIL$$$ & POWER over the world. SADISTIC FUCKS!

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  15. Anonymous3:03 PM

    I don't understand why psych screening isn't more routine in this country. We need to remove the stigma and we've got to stop the kneejerk reaction when gun violence happens, the man/woman had to be "crazy" "mentally ill" "postal" or whatever name people slap on them. They're killers, and violence isn't the natural condition of a healthy adult. If one breaks a leg, they see a specialist, if one has some problem with balance, they see a specialist, what's wrong with a Doctor screening (asking questions) about mental health?
    Candace Cameron Bure (banana boy's sister) was whailing on the view because she's on the east coast, where we are now, and her family is on the west coast in the same state where this mass shooting/bomb happened, (California is over there on the coast we are not on) Someone mentioned "God's Will" and the Duff nods her head up and down. Is she christian and believes this is "God's Will"? Is she Muslim and believes this is "God's Will"? Or did she have the overwhelming need to nod her head up and down while boo hooing? Does she have an opposable neck to go with the thumbs? She went off on a librul tyrade a few days ago over creationism, to shut her up, Goldberg goes "Well they'll just have to teach both evolution and creationism" And Banana Boy's sister didn't have the presence of mind to realize it was a joke and said "That's what I'm talking about" Whoopi changed the subject, but I felt like decking both of them..

    1. Anonymous9:25 PM

      Make psych screening more routine for angry homie. Another "crazy" "mentally ill" "postal" waiting to go off. How many times will police help his family keep this one under wraps? Think about his stash. What is he going to do with it until he needs to fight the enemy off?
      The military is good for training killers because not everyone is born angry.

    2. Anonymous9:41 PM

      Make psych screening more routine for angry homie. Another "crazy" "mentally ill" "postal" waiting to go off. How many times will police help his family keep this one under wraps? Think about his stash. What is he going to do with it until he needs to fight the enemy off?
      The military is good for training killers because not everyone is born angry or mistreated in youth.


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