Pro-gun control CDC suppresses its research data on 2.46M defensive gun use a year

The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution specifies that we have the right to bear arms.

In 2008 in a landmark though razor thin 5:4 ruling, District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court states that the Second Amendment protects the individual‘s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. In its ruling, SCOTUS even leaves open the possibility that the individual’s right to bear arms may include military-grade weapons.

Guns used for self-defense is Defensive Gun Use (DGU). Guns used not for self-defense but to attack another is Offensive Gun Use (OGU).

Instead of supporting and upholding the Second Amendment, a federal government agency — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — does just the opposite.

The CDC has often been criticized by gun owner organizations like the National Rifle Association (NRA) as being “antigun” and for awarding research grants on firearms and violence only to researchers with strong anti gun or pro gun control publication records. In particular, CDC has helped finance surveys on defensive gun use (DGU) by researchers such as David Hemenway, which claim a low incidence of DGU. That research is then used to buttress gun control.

Now a professor of criminology, Gary Kleck, has discovered that in 1996, 1997 and 1998 during the Clinton Administration, the CDC conducted its own research on DGU but never released the findings or even acknowledged they had studied the topic. Not only did CDC research find a high incidence of DGU — of 2.46 million a year — the annual number of defensive gun use is 3.6 times that of offensive gun use, which certainly reinforces the correctness of the Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling.

In his paper, “What Do CDC’s Surveys Say About the Frequency of Defensive Gun Uses?,” February 14, 2018, Gary Kleck, David J. Bordua Professor Emeritus of Criminology at Florida State University whose research specialty is gun control, writes:

It is less widely known that CDC itself conducted surveys in which huge nationally representative samples of the U.S. adult population were asked about DGU, as part of their Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). CDC never reported the results of those surveys, does not report on their website any estimates of DGU frequency, and does not even acknowledge that they ever asked about the topic in any of their surveys….

Why didn’t the CDC report their DGU results? The agency clearly regarded the topic as sufficiently important to insert DGU questions into a very expensive national survey that had never previously included any questions about self-defense, and to do so in three of the surveys…. Accepted scholarly standards dictate reporting the findings accompanied by appropriate caveats about limitations and possible problems with the survey. This allows readers to judge for themselves whether the limitations were so severe that the findings must be discounted altogether. Every one of the critics’ claims that surveys overstate DGU prevalence have been thoroughly refuted (Kleck and Gertz 1997; Kleck 2001), but even if they had not the ethical course for CDC still would have been to release the DGU prevalence findings.

If doubts about the validity of these findings cannot justify their suppression, why did CDC personnel decide not to report them? One obvious explanation would be that they recognized that their own surveys’ finding of a high DGU prevalence was unfriendly to gun control efforts – efforts repeatedly endorsed by CDC-financed researchers (Kates 2001). Such a decision could have been made at the level of administrators who supervise the BRFSS, or perhaps just lower-level personnel who understood that these findings would be unwelcome news to their bosses. Regardless of how the decision was made, it was a disservice to the American people, who paid for the survey and the information it yielded, but who were not allowed to see it and judge its worth for themselves.

Robert R. Redfield, M.D., is the current director of the CDC, since March 2018. Dr. Redfield must drain the CDC swamp. Demand that the CDC release its research findings on defensive gun use!

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H/t Breitbart


30 responses to “Pro-gun control CDC suppresses its research data on 2.46M defensive gun use a year

  1. So, the people that comprise the CDC are all guilty of treason? Is this even questionable? Is it time to impose the rule of law on the by far worst law breaker, U.S. government agents? This is how the second American Revolution will manifest. With trials of all government agents and the judaics behind them.

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    • Liberty4awl . . . . As far as I am concerned, the CDC is certainly guilty of treason! It is outside the bounds of reason for them to spend the treasury of this nation . . . and when they come up with findings that go contrary to the “prevalent thought of the libtards” . . . they suppress the findings. This certainly makes my BLOOD BOIL !!!

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  2. A national survey commissioned by the Republican Party asks what issues are most important to Americans, and includes two boxes that say “Gun Control” and zero boxes that say “Second Amendment.”

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    • Wow! [shakes head]

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    • Stovepipe . . . . Great addition to this discussion. It is for sure that we cannot always trust the stances that the GOP takes on measures. I am sure that I am not the only registered Republican who feels anger at the obvious misleading that the GOP engages in to throw their membership off. Rather than being a Republican . . . . a much better description of my political affiliation is . . . . a “Constitutional Conservative,” we have far too many “Republicans” are unfortunately “Republicans in name only=RINO’s”

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      • Agreed Auntie Lulu, the GOP got infiltrated and co-opted, almost like everything, from Corporate Media to all the Alphabet Agency’s. I hate to say it, but…it’s like being a Devout Catholic and listening to the sitting Pope, I believe that the Vatican has been infiltrated too. Nothing is sacred anymore, the Methodist Church is a perfect example, they caved to Globalism and Islam, a big reason is they were a dead broke 501, with evil holding the purse strings. I’m not bashing any Religion(except islam), but it’s becoming really hard to ignore, these Mega Churches are bad too, constantly Preaching Globalism and Multi Culture, with a Fleet of purple buses that double as Uber rides to the Polling Stations.

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    • I don’t even know why anyone would bother returning a survey to the GOP. They don’t listen to us anyway…

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  3. The Center for Disease Control is not an agency of the United States federal government. Like the Federal Reserve Bank, the Internal Revenue Service and the United States,Inc. itself it is a for private for profit corporation.

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  4. Sounds like the tail wagging the dog.

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  5. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Just what we suspected – the Obama suppressed info to try to take away the guns.


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  6. Dr Eowyn . . . . God Bless you for ferreting out all the information regarding the statistics that as a whole . . . . guns are a blessing to people, more than they are a curse. We need to shout these statistics from the housetops.

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  7. The mainstream media won’t report this, of course.

    But pro-2A folk are well aware of it. Bookmark this!

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  8. On a slightly different topic, if a liberal tries to argue that the 2nd amendment is redundant because we have state militia, etc., the Supreme Court held in 2008 “that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that weapon for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.” (see ). So, not only is gun ownership not redundant due to the existence of militias, etc. but if you’re a member of a militia, you can still own guns. Although this should mostly be obvious to any thinking individual, the details at the above URL ought to make it clear even to a liberal who attempts to argue that the 2nd is redundant.

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  9. HUMMM, 2,460,000 instances of DGU in just one year. Can you even imagine what it would be like if all of the good guys turned in their guns while the bad guys kept their guns? Seems like this data absolutely confirms what the 2ND says. Well I’ll be.

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