Firearm vi­o­lence info tells sad story

Ottawa Citizen - - OPINION -

Re: Sim­ple fix: Vote for gun-con­trol politi­cians, Oct. 7.

Firearm-re­lated deaths from homi­cides, sui­cides and ac­ci­dents ac­count for 100,000 deaths in the United States each year. Firearm-re­lated in­juries, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, an agency of the U.S. gov­ern­ment, are among the five lead­ing causes of death for peo­ple aged one to 64 in that coun­try.

Be­gin­ning in 1997, CDC has been sub­ject to ap­pro­pri­a­tions lan­guage that states that none of the funds made avail­able to it may be used to “ad­vo­cate or pro­mote gun con­trol,” though this lan­guage does not pro­hibit CDC from col­lect­ing pub­lic health data on firearm vi­o­lence.

Only in Amer­ica. Go Fig­ure.

Emile The­rien, Ottawa

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