The rationale between those who feel that the government should not fund research into gun-related injuries
Those who are of the school of thought that the government should not fund research into gun related injuries are skeptical onto which extent it would be used to formulate gun use policies. Many point to a slippery slope implying that major directives for the studies concerning gun control have in most cases been ignored. Others feel that the funding of the government on the study of gun related issues could be used to promote violent use of guns instead of controlling its use.
The rationale behind the argument that the government needs to invest money in studying gun violence and gun-related deaths in the U.S.?
The opponents of funding gun control related studies argue that investing money in studying gun violence would help in coming up with policies that would ensure tame the illegal and careless use of guns by gun owners. It would instead promote proper and appropriate use of guns by law abiding gun owners which would make the political environment conducive and secure for all Americans (Kleck,6).
The Dickey Amendment
The Dickey amendment was passed in the year 1996. This mandated that the funds made available for prevention of injury and control at the CDC would not be used to research on issues related to gun control. This amendment came into existence after National Rifle Association congress that reported that home based guns were associated with cases of homicide within the family members. This amendment to a large extent blocked the continued funding of gun control researches by various entities rendering the project futile. The funding was affected in that all students could no longer get money to carry out their studies related to gun control. In addition, without the federal funding, there are no training grants offered to the students and the trainers rendering the project impossible. Due to the NRA report on increased violence in gun home owners, the sponsors and grants were pulled out therefore having no money to sponsor the training of gun related issues.
Kleck, Gary. “Policy lessons from recent gun control research.” Law and contemporary problems 49.1 (1986): 35-62.
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