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Democrats are looking to secure $300 million in taxpayer money to pay for gun research at the CDC. The measure, which is being introduced in both the House and Senate, is going to appropriate $50 million a year over the next 6 years for the purposes of gun violence prevention and research into gun violence from the CDC.

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The Gun Violence Prevention Research Act of 2021 would appropriate $50 million to the CDC each fiscal year from 2022 through 2027, “for the purpose of conducting or supporting research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention.” The legislation was introduced jointly by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., who were not coy about what laws the research would be used as justification to enact.

“We know of the commonsense solutions like the need for better and more robust background checks and the need to renew the assault weapons ban, but we must also seek other solutions,” said Maloney in a statement. “And we do that by studying gun violence like the public health crisis it is.”

In the House, Maloney’s bill is H.R. 825, which has 48 co-sponsors. In the Senate, Markey’s bill is S.281, which has 36 co-sponsors. As of Thursday, no Republican has signed on to either proposal.

Notably, the CDC falls under the Secretary of Health and Human Services, a cabinet-level appointment. The Biden administration has tapped California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to fill the seat. A long-time Democrat who formerly represented California on Capitol Hill, Becerra is a proponent for both expanded background checks and a national ban on popular semi-auto firearms. 

As of today, no Republican has signed the measure and it looks like there will be no bipartisan support for the measure going forward. Gun control measures are constantly being thrown out under the guise of safety and security but there is no evidence to suggest any of these measures will work or have any effect on the public other than making people felons.

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