Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bond Wants to End Gun-Violence Study 9 Senators Say Research Project Is Political

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bond Wants to End Gun-Violence Study 9 Senators Say Research Project Is Political

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Sen. Christopher S. Bond, R-Mo., is one of nine senators pressing to cut a federal research project on gun violence, which they called a "political agenda against gun ownership."

A letter Oct. 19 from Bond and the other senators - eight Republicans and one Democrat - to Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., say they are sympathetic to a move to eliminate funding for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Specter heads an appropriations committee that recommends funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of which the injury center is a part.

The injury center is a favorite target of the National Rifle Association, which alleges that some of the agency's $2 million in annual federal grant money has paid for literature urging people to support gun control.

"Taxpayer dollars are supporting unadulterated anti-gun advocacy," Tanya Metaksa, the NRA's chief lobbyist, said Friday. "We don't think it's an appropriate use."

The letter says the senators are "absolutely committed to getting the politics out" of the injury center's work. It cites as evidence studies that are designed and used to "promote a campaign to reduce lawful firearms ownership in America. …

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