‘I’m not here about gun control. I’m here about preventing gun violence and gun death,’ says CDC director Rochelle Walensky.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a plan to spend millions in taxpayer dollars to fight the “serious public health threat” of “gun violence.”
“Something has to be done about this. Now is the time — it’s pedal to the metal time,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky told CNN in an interview aired on Saturday.
Walensky insisted that the CDC’s plan to spend roughly $10 million on research projects and surveillance initiatives has nothing to do with gun control.
“Generally, the word gun, for those who are worried about research in this area, is followed by the word control, and that’s not what I want to do here,” she continued. “I’m not here about gun control. I’m here about preventing gun violence and gun death.”
“This is not a conversation about having them or not having them. This is a conversation about how we can make them being here safe,” she said. “The research that we intend to do is going to be squarely about making America safe. Making people safe.”
“I swore to the President and to this country that I would protect your health. This is clearly one of those moments, one of those issues that is harming America’s health,” she added.
Violent crimes exploded in blue cities following Democrats’ “defund the police” initiatives in the wake of the death of George Floyd in 2020.
In Chicago alone, there were 4,033 shooting victims in 2020 compared with 2,598 the year before, according to police statistics.
But as usual, Democrats are more keen to demonize firearms than the criminals themselves.