Few who read this magazine are likely to be unaware of the anti-gun leanings of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which for years has worked to treat firearm ownership like it’s a disease that needs to be eradicated. But newly discovered polling by the CDC shows just how far the agency is willing to go to hide evidence of the positive aspects of gun ownership.
To fully explain the recent discovery, a look at the history of defensive gun use research is necessary:
The year is 1996. The Right-to-Carry movement is building momentum across the United States after violent crime peaked in the early 1990s. Criminologists Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz just published a study estimating that 2.5 million Americans used a firearm to defend themselves against another person in 1993. Gun control advocates scoff at the number, though Kleck refutes the criticisms levied at his work (and does so even today).