Obama Trumps Congress and Orders Research into Gun ViolenceSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 15:33
Obama Trumps Congress and Orders Research into Gun Violence
The president issued a memorandum directing the CDC and other public-health agencies to conduct or sponsor research into the causes of gun violence and the ways to prevent it, doing an end-run around congressional moves for several years to muzzle such efforts.
By Meredith Wadman and Nature News Blog
January 22, 2013
US President Barack Obama waded directly into scientific politics yesterday when he announced a series of measures addressing gun violence in the wake of the 14 December shooting in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 26 people dead — 20 of them children.
Of the 23 actions he took under presidential authority on 16 January, Obama chose to highlight just a few in remarks he delivered at the White House. One of them was a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public-health service agencies to “conduct or sponsor research into the causes of gun violence and the ways to prevent it”.