Gun Research by the CDC Has Ceased

Unfortunately, a tragic occurrence has happened again in American schools. A psychopath, to say the least, walked into an American school with powerful weapons in tow, and left a trail of death and destruction within his passing. The shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook School is the second worse mass shooting at a school in United States history.

What makes this story even worse is the fact that twenty of the victims that were killed in the tragedy were six and seven-year olds, who were only in the first grade. Due to the age of the victims, this story has brought the nation and the president to tears. How did America get to this, and what is going to come next as a result of this selfish act?


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As people begin to work through the trauma and grief that this horrific occurrence has brought forth, it is important that we recognize that violence resulting from guns is an important public health issue in America that needs to be addressed accordingly. Failure to discuss the gun policies in the states will only cause more tragic occurrences, like the one that happened to these defenseless children, occur again.

In the 21st Century, which has not been around for that long there have been a plethora of deaths in America, as a result of gun violence. Between the time frame of 2000 and 2009, there have been more than 298,000 people who have been killed by gunshot wounds. This equates to almost 30,000 people per year.

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[box type=”important”]Excluding other causes of death, such as cancer and heart attacks, violent deaths by gunfire is the second leading cause of death in the United States. The only thing that beats out this type of death is death by vehicular accidents. Food poisoning instances claim the lives of one tenth of the death toll, with 3000 people annually dying in this matter.[/box]

Over the last three decades, the flu has managed to kill between 3000 to 49000 individuals annually. This statistic is according the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC, as it is commonly called has a tough job that they have to do. They are responsible for tracking diseases and any other outbreaks that could potentially harm the people of the nation.

The mission that the CDC goes by is to create tools and information that will help them to protect the public’s health from diseases, health threats, injuries, and disabilities. Even though it appears that the CDC is doing a great job when it comes to preventing illnesses from killing off the masses, there is one thing that the CDC cannot control, and that is the amount of people who are being killed off due to gun violence.

In fact, in 1995 five percent of the budget that is given to the CDC was cut and dedicated to attempting to research guns and the reasons behind why individuals are using them in such harmful manners. Some of the funds went into researching methods that could eliminate tragedies that are caused by guns.

Claire Al-Aufi

Claire Al-Aufi is a contributing author for Hive Health Media who provides updates on health and fitness news.

4 thoughts on “Gun Research by the CDC Has Ceased

  • January 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm
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    Whew guys…for folks complaining about political motivations, everyone here seems to have a political motivation in how they spin the numbers…

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  • December 31, 2012 at 7:15 am
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    CDC funding was cut because the CDC was using its prestige and position to create propaganda for partisan political purposes. It is unethical for the CDC to use its influence to push a political agenda.

    In the last 20 years, the murder rate has dropped in half, the lowest it has been since before guns were far less regulated than they are now. During this same period, the number of guns owned by Americans has climbed to record levels, and the legal ability to have then available for use in self defense has skyrocketed, as 8 million concealed carry permits are in use, and the Supreme Court has finally affirmed the right to self defense.

    The number of fatal gun accidents has fallen to record lows during this period. The rate of fatal firearm accidents has been reduced 94 percent in the last 100 years.

    Research considering suicides has been mixed. If gun control laws have any effect on suicide rates, it is very small, and would not be affected by legislation that limits magazine sizes or semi automatic firearms, as suicides seldom use more than one, and have ample time to reload.

    The CDC might consider a very real possibility for reducing suicide and mass murders: the copycat effect. Wide publicity involving the details of suicides and mass murders may well be the trigger for other unstable individuals to copy the methods used (and widely distributed by the media) to commit their own suicides and mass murders.

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  • December 31, 2012 at 4:09 am
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    So what are you saying here? You spent 3 of your 7 paragraphs rehashing current events. In your 5th paragraph you discuss that there are between 3000 to 49000 deaths annually for the flu. That is a wide variable. I find it hard to believe that the CDC does not have better numbers than that.

    In what year and for what reason did the funding end? What is your source for this information? I read the 2009 edition and this was the results:
    Mortality experience in 2009
    •In 2009, a total of 2,437,163 resident deaths were registered in the United States.
    •The age-adjusted death rate, which takes the aging of the population into account, was 741.1 deaths per 100,000 U.S. standard population.
    • Life expectancy at birth was 78.5 years.
    •The 15 leading causes of death in 2009 were:
    1.Diseases of heart (heart disease)
    2.Malignant neoplasms (cancer)
    3.Chronic lower respiratory diseases
    4.Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)
    5.Accidents (unintentional injuries)
    6.Alzheimer’s disease
    7.Diabetes mellitus (diabetes)
    8.Influenza and pneumonia
    9.Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease)
    10.Intentional self-harm (suicide)
    11.Septicemia
    12.Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
    13.Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease (hypertension)
    14.Parkinson’s disease
    15.Assault (homicide)

    This was on page 2 in trends: Rates for the two leading causes—heart disease and cancer— also continued their long-term decreasing trend. Significant decreases occurred for Chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, unintentional injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, Influenza and pneumonia, Septicemia, and homicide.

    On page five it says there were 16,799 deaths to homicide (note it does not specify) a total of 0.7% of all deaths in the US in 2009, Both crude death and the death rate were 5.5 , down 6.8% from 2008-2009, Male to Female is 3.6% and Black to White is 5.4%.

    On page 11 it states “Firearm—In 2009, 31,347 persons died from firearm injuries in the United States (Tables 18 and 19), accounting for 17.7% of all injury deaths that year. The two major component causes of all firearm injury deaths in 2009 were suicide (59.8%) and homicide (36.7%). Firearm injuries (all intents) decreased 1.9% from 2008 to 2009. The age-adjusted death rate for firearm suicide did not change from 2008, whereas the death rate for firearm homicide decreased 5.0% in 2009 from 2008.” Two paragraphs down the number for drug induced deaths were 39,147.

    On page 81 it becomes more detailed. I am running out of room but there were more suicides than homicides by firearm. A person who has decided to commit suicide WILL commit suicide whether its with a firearm or not.

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  • December 30, 2012 at 10:04 pm
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    Leading Causes of death in 2009 from the CDC website:

    •Heart disease: 599,413
    •Cancer: 567,628
    •Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 137,353
    •Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,842
    •Accidents (unintentional injuries): 118,021
    •Alzheimer’s disease: 79,003
    •Diabetes: 68,705
    •Influenza and Pneumonia: 53,692
    •Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 48,935
    •Intentional self-harm (suicide): 36,909

    So you’re basically saying that if you take away all the leading causes of death, that gunshots are the new leading cause of death? Why not look at the actual leading causes of death and see what can be done to prevent them? It looks like your manipulating data to match your own agenda.

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