Trump administration stakes out bipartisan ground in gun debate

The Trump administration’s health secretary said he is open to having the government study the roots of gun violence in the wake of the latest mass shooting at a high school, breaking with a long-held interpretation of federal law.

Secretary Alex Azar’s announcement Thursday appeared to stake out bipartisan ground in a debate that has grown frustratingly divided and calcified with each killing spree.

For more than two decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said federal law prohibits it from researching gun violence in any way that might be used to justify gun control measures.

Mr. Azar, though, said the law — which is renewed each year as part of a spending bill — “does not in any way impede our ability to conduct our research mission. It’s simply about advocacy.”

7 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Dennis McLain says:

    “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”! Let that sink in to everyone’s thick skulls for a change!

    1. Navy Bob says:

      While I agree that “shall not be infringed” is the law and needs to be upheld, there still needs to be common sense laws. Unfortunately, “common sense” is NOT common when it comes to this issue. I would bet you agree that there is no reason for individuals to own rocket launchers and .50 caliber machine guns. This IS “common sense”. Semi automatic rifles like the AR-15 may look scary but are NOT assault weapons, like the media so often classifies them. They can not tell the difference between semi-auto and full auto, nor do they care.
      What I find frightening is that they seemed to have had their op-ed pieces written before the smoke cleared. I also found it interesting how they are all over a school shooting to push their agenda, yet were not so forth coming when 6 Police Officers were killed form ambush by an Antifa thug in Dallas. They seem to ignore the Officers killed every week by thugs with guns. No cries to disarm the drug dealers and Antifa terrorists who are going after the cops. They also seem to ignore the hundreds killed annually by illegals who come here to join groups like MS-13 or are just here illegally. “Common Sense” immigration laws would stop them form being here, and not reward those who are already here illegally. Yet bring that one up and see how quickly you are shouted down and cursed at by the “tolerant” left.

      1. bobnstuff says:

        I agree that common sense gun laws are called for but you are wrong on a number of points. Police deaths in the line of duty is a fairly small number and not from ambush in many cases. Domestic disputes are the most dangerous. As dangerous jobs go police aren’t even in the top ten. Also semi automatic weapons are a problem. Do you really need a weapon that can put out 90 rounds per minute or better. Do you need a thirty round clip? Even for defense that’s over kill. The only time you would need that kind of fire power is if you wanted to kill a large number of people in a very short time. Are you planning a mass murder? You also want to blame illegals for our gang problem, get a clue we had gang problems 150 years ago so they are not new or any worse except for the fact we are arming them with semi automatic weapons and buying their drugs.

        1. chw2000 says:

          Once an ass hole always an ass hole. You really think you’re the smartest Democrat on earth. You don’t know your ass from a hole in the ground and you sure as hell don’t know a damn thing about firearms. Don’t forget, YOU’RE A DRAFT DODGER! You can’t erase that. That alone removes any credibility you might have. You have none. AND you’re a complete ass hole!

        2. chw2000 says:

          JUst so you know ass hole, it’s a MAGAZINE, not a “clip”. You are not only as ass hole, you’re an uninformed ass hole.

        3. Navy Bob says:

          Hate to burst your bubble with facts, but just because Police killings do not make national news does not mean they don’t happen. Just this month:
          2/7, TX, 1 Officer shot and killed: 2/9, IL (Chicago) Police Commander shot and killed: 2/9, GA, I Officer shot and killed; 2/10, OH, 2 Officers shot and killed. That’s 5 in 6 days. Hear anything from your liberal friends about gun control over these?
          As for your gold old, tried and true, stand by question of “Why do you need…” what is it to you? Do you need a car that exceeds 65 mph? If I want a fully automatic rifle, and go through the proper channels to get it, what business is it of yours? If I want a 30-round MAGAZINE for my rifle (which I have) how does it effect you? Funny how you folks are all “Keep the government out of my business” when it comes to marijuana and abortions, but you are all in my business when it comes to my guns. To use my personal old adage: More people have died because Kennedy’s can’t drive than by every gun I own.
          As for the gangs that have “been here for 150 years”, so you REFUSE to accept that you CAN try to fix at least part of the problem and would rather let people DIE because you and yours do not wish COMMON SENSE IMMIGRATION LAWS? From Jan to Mar of 2017, MS13 had 39 horrific murders, using knives, baseball bats, rope and fire among other instruments. We CAN stop these murderers from coming in if we have the political will. Do those 39 deaths, mostly Hispanics, mean less than these 17 in FL? Are you that much of a bigot to say that?

        4. Navy Bob says:

          Oh, and by the way, in response to your idiotic comment “Police deaths in the line of duty is a fairly small number…” how many is “acceptable” to you? As there are 50.7 million students in Public Schools in 2017, this 17 would be considered statistically insignificant if this were a research paper. Sounds cold, doesn’t it? But no less than your “Don’t Care” attitude towards police officers being killed. But I bet you are the first one to write a letter to the editor the minute you get a speeding ticket or are inconvenienced by a DUI check point.

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