Why are the Centers for Disease Control so vocal about tainted lettuce yet silent on guns?

First of all, word on social media is that you should avoid romaine lettuce, as it might be tainted with a strain of E. coli.

In case you hadn’t heard already, gun control groups have been lobbying hard for the Centers for Disease Control to once again study the effects of gun violence, a point brought up, emoji-style, by Politico’s Dan Diamond:

It’s true: President Barack Obama had the CDC study gun violence, and in its 2013 report, the CDC found that “almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals,” and that “there is empirical evidence that gun turn-in programs are ineffective.”

In other words, it backfired.


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