Jon Stewart on Fox’s apoplexy over Obama’s gun violence executive orders

As Jon Stewart notes, below, the new executive order that most riled up the gun nuts was one that permits the Centers for Disease Control to:

Conduct research on the causes and prevention of gun violence, including links between video games, media images, and violence….

Better understand how and when firearms are used in violent death

You see, thanks to the gun nuts at the NRA, and their Republican (and blue dog) puppets in Congress, the CDC has not been permitted to research any of this for 17 years now. That’s why we need an executive order to do it. NBC via Slate:

NY Daily News on NRAFrom the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, the CDC conducted original, peer-reviewed research into gun violence, including questions such as whether people who had guns in their homes gained protection from the weapons. (The answer, researchers found, was no. Homes with guns had a nearly three times greater risk of homicide and a nearly five times greater risk of suicide than those without, according to a 1993 study in the New England Journal of Medicine.)

But in 1996, the NRA, with the help of Congressional leaders, moved to suppress such information and to block future federal research into gun violence, [Dr. Mark Rosenberg, president of the Task Force for Global Health and director of the CDC’s Center for Injury Prevention and Control from 1994 to 1999] said.

Yes, the NRA, which now claims that video games and movies are the cause of gun violence (even though the NRA is a big fan of glorifying violence in movies, and has its own violent video game), has banned the CDC from investigating, for nearly two decades, the linkage between video games and movies and gun violence.

There’s a tyrant in this debate, all right.

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5 Responses to “Jon Stewart on Fox’s apoplexy over Obama’s gun violence executive orders”

  1. pappyvet says:

    The National Rifle Association’s portrayal of gun violence is fictional, most gun deaths
    do not take place during the course of felony crime , according to the exhaustive records kept by the FBI.most homicides result from arguments between people who know each other.
    Most victims know their killers and are often related to them and the secondary gun market.,the selling of guns at gun shows or over the Internet is in reality totally unregulated.

    What we are dealing with is a group of people who believe that they need guns to use in an upcoming war with the rest of America. They have been fed paranoid propagada for decades and this divide and conquer strategy has been most profitable. Unfortunately,most of these people were prone to the effects of the hate drug right out of the gate and are willing disciples. Many do not fear an upcoming violent confrontation, they long for it.

    “I tell people don’t kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on
    every campus — living fossils,” Rush Limbaugh

    “Liberals are always saying — we’re oppressed, we’re oppressed so let’s do it. Let’s
    oppress them.” Ann Coulter

    “The day will come when unpleasant things are going to happen to a bunch of
    liberals and it’s going to be very amusing to watch.” Lee Rogers

    “As with Cindy Sheehan the best thing that could happen to you would be seeing
    some WONDERFUL activist sticking an AK-47 up your Glory Holes and sending you
    into eternity.Honestly, should I hear of either you leaving this earth prematurely I would
    initiate a personal celebration that would make Animal House appear to be just
    another quiet Sunday in church.” “Sock” Sokolowski, to Stephanie Miller
    Rightwing? definately. American? not at all.

  2. caphillprof says:

    It steers but does not limit the CDC. By steering, the NRA has a problem stopping CDC involvement because the NRA itself occasionally suggests that video games are the cause of gun violence.

  3. AdmNaismith says:

    We already know the link between violence ‘n porn and violence ‘n video games and violence ‘n movies is fairly tenuous. We need the CDC to keep more general stats on guns and violence so we see where the guns are and where the violence is.
    Considering how hard the NRA has kept us from studying the guns/violence thing, I’m betting the guns are the determining factor and the association is pretty high (but we won’t know unless we, you know, actually keep the stats and do the studies).

    So…I was pretty disappointed when the Order seemed to steer the CDC to video games and movies.

  4. nicho says:

    I’ve long suspected that Fox News has an “Outrage Committee” that meets every morning to decide what they’re going to be outraged about and then faxes outrage talking points to all their propagandists.

  5. Blogvader says:

    I don’t know how people can look at his executive orders and see anything other than sensible measures to help fix our country’s gun problem. Then again, I’m not so afraid of the world that I feel the need to tote around an assault rifle.

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