Centers for Disease Control and Mr. and Mrs. Clinton See Eye to Eye
The new study citing the number of American youths killed through suicide and murder compared to other "industrialized nations" ("U.S. leads in deaths of youths by gunshot," Feb. 7) is just another reason to cut funding to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Over the past few years, the CDC has gone from being a respectable organization of scientists and physicians to a political advocacy group using "pseudoscience" to support various gun bans. This biased, tax spender-financed study was coincidentally released on the eve of congressional debate on the 1997 crime bill, which will consider more gun restrictions. Be prepared to hear dozens of lawmakers screaming about "the children" on C-Span and demanding more "reasonable" gun control as a result of this study.
If CDC's statistics did have a grain of truth, they would testify only to the failure of gun restrictions. CDC claims that murder rates have tripled for children and that suicide rates for them have quadrupled since 1950.
According to the study, guns were involved in may of the deaths, thus the implication that limits on firearms ownership could reduce the deaths. …