Irony: Obama Admin, which cut off funding to Project Child Safe, the free child lock program for firearms, now Department of Health and Human Services may launch a public safety campaign about the dangers of gun ownership

The evidence seems pretty strong that gunlock laws are dangerous, disarming law-abiding citizens so that they are unable to defend themselves.  So I wasn't too upset when the Obama administration ended the funding for Project Child Safe in 2009, which provided free gunlocks.  But the Obama administration's motivation was probably that they just didn't want to have anything to do with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which was involved with the program.

Anyway, it looks like the Obama administration is planning a public safety campaign to "educate" people about the dangers of gun ownership.
“As you might imagine, those are conversations that we aren't ready to speak to the media about,” said Erika Soto Lamb, spokeswoman for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group formed and funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. 
But others, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they are hoping the president will direct the Department of Health and Human Services to launch a public safety campaign about the dangers of gun ownership, much like the agency did about the dangers of smoking. Gun control advocates are also pressing President Obama to spend more money on research about guns and gun ownership. 
In last week’s State of the Union message, in his only reference to guns, Obama said, “I intend to keep trying, with or without Congress, to help stop more tragedies from visiting innocent Americans in our movie theaters, shopping malls, or schools like Sandy Hook.”
But the president did not say what steps he would take using his authority. . . . 
In a study released in September, the NPA also recommended that the HHS “build an evidence-based approach to gun violence prevention, which includes restoration of robust funding and training for epidemiological research in this area (through the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and gathering data that tracks gun-related deaths and injuries, safety interventions, and the impact of measures to reduce the incidence of gun violence over time.” . . .



Blogger Unknown said...

It's interesting that they seek to "build an evidence-based approach to gun violence prevention." It's interesting, but promising.
I wonder if they'd be similarly open-minded if we delivered an evidence-based proposal demonstrating the relationship throughout history among, strict gun laws, national registration, confiscation, and democide.
I for one will take an injury caused by an individual over death or imprisonment at the hands of the government any day.

2/09/2014 9:08 AM  

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