Even the CDC admits its latest anti-gun report is misleading and full of holes By:

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The CDC cannot be trusted to conduct any firearm-related research.

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By a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which purported to examine firearm storage data behaviors. Defensive gun usages weren’t the only data set omitted from the report. The CDC needed so many disclosures and disclaimers to tell readers what other data was missing from its research that it’s a miracle the report even was published.

The report, titled “Firearm Storage Behaviors — Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Eight States, 2021–2022,” was based on telephone interviews. The researchers called the respondents using a “random-digit–dialed landline and mobile telephone survey.” However, the authors immediately encountered four significant problems that limited the validity of their work:

  1. They were unable to determine whether firearms were stored loaded or unloaded during the phone interviews.

  2. They were only able to obtain data from the eight states, which is statistically meaningless.

  3. Some respondents did not want to disclose whether they had a firearm in their home.

  4. All of the data was self-reported to the researchers, and therefore “subject to social desirability and recall biases.”

As a result, the findings were statistical gibberish. In the handful of states that participated, the authors concluded, “18.4% – 50.6% of respondents reported the presence of a firearm in or around their home, and 19.5% – 43.8% of those with a firearm reported that at least one firearm was stored loaded.”

Despite its holes, lack of conclusiveness and other problems, the CDC report was good enough for the corporate media. Gannett’s flagship newspaper USA TODAY quickly published a story titled, “Startling percentage of homes have unlocked, loaded guns, endangering kids, study finds.”

Incompleteness doesn’t matter to the corporate media if the topic is guns. Besides, the reporter quickly filled in the holes with quotes from Sarah Burd-Sharpe, senior director of research at Everytown for Gun Safety.

“Roughly once every day in the United States, a child under the age of 18 gains access to a loaded gun and unintentionally shoots themself or someone else,” Burd-Sharpe told the newspaper. “But there is no such thing as an accidental shooting by a child – the onus to store guns securely and keep them out of reach of children is always on adults.”

Evidently, the fact that the CDC report didn’t make that conclusion didn’t matter to the newspaper reporter, their editors or Everytown’s Burd-Sharpe.

Takeaways

The CDC would love to waste millions of taxpayer dollars conducting anti-gun research, because their goal has always been to declare “gun violence” a public health crisis. They don’t care about other types of violence, which are more common. For the CDC, only “gun violence” constitutes a crisis, and they see themselves behind the curve, since the American Medical Association adopted a policy calling “gun violence” a public health crisis back in 2016.  

As it stands now, the CDC is barred from using public funds to support or advocate for gun control. We need to zealously be on guard for any attempt to circumvent this restriction, because the CDC has proven that its research is biased and cannot be trusted.

Defensive gun usages are not an aberration. They are the very reason why many law-abiding Americans keep firearms in their homes. To completely ignore them for a study that purports to examine firearm storage behaviors says a lot about the validity of the research and the bias of the researchers.

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