Top Trump administration official, unbelievably siding with many Democrats, expressed interest in the Centers for Disease Control researching gun violence.
Thursday Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary, appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee and expressed support for the CDC in the studying of gun violence. Azar said he thinks the CDC already has the ability to research gun violence and that it is something that will happen in the future.
‘We believe we’ve got a very important mission with our work with serious mental illness as well as our ability to do research on the cases of violence and the causes behind tragedies like this so that is a priority for us especially at the Centers for Disease Control.’
On Thursday Democrats pressed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lift restricting provisions that prevent the CDC from researching gun violence in a response to the most recent fatal shooting at a school in the United States.
Democratic Congresswoman Kathy Castor, of Florida, asked specifically about the provision that states:
‘None of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control’
‘My understanding is that the rider does not in any way impede our ability to conduct our research mission. It is simply about advocacy.’
In response to a question about whether he will continue to be proactive about gun violence, Azar replied:
‘We certainly will. Our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we’re in the science business and the evidence-generating business and so I will have our agency certainly working in this field as they do across the whole broad spectrum.’
Below are some of the top reactions from Twitter users to the news that Health and Human Secretary Alex Azar supports the CDC researching gun violence:
Huffington Post‘s Senior Politics Editor shared a link to an article he penned about Rep. Jay Dickey, a Republican Congressman from Arkansas who passed away in 2017, Dickey’s role in banning the CDC from researching gun violence, and how he felt about that decision down the line.
Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ark.) died last year. He was 77. In 1996, he was responsible for banning the CDC from doing gun-related research. It stopped potentially important studies cold.
Later in life, Dickey told me he regretted the impact he had. https://t.co/ZUcj7NSRtC
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 15, 2018
Below are some of the top responses from Twitter users to Stein’s tweet:
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