The CDC’s new director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, says that it is “pedal to the metal” time when it comes to addressing firearms as a “serious public health threat”.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky was appointed by the Biden-Harris Administration and it is important to note that CDC directors are not typically subject to Senate approval. This announcement from Dr. Walensky comes after the CDC has implemented its new “inclusive” communication guide.
Part of this highly political effort is $10 million in taxpayer money to research gun violence and track non-fatal gunshot wounds. $2.2 million will go towards tracking non-fatal gunshot wounds across 10 states during the next 3 years. $7.8 million will be given away via research grants to organizations that are researching the issue of gun violence.
In only 8 months since taking over the CDC, Dr. Walensky has gone well beyond the precedent set by her predecessors and attempted to do things that her agency is not allowed to do. Earlier this year Dr. Walensky attempted to extend the Covid-19 eviction ban, the Supreme Court got involved and struck this down without hesitation.
This move by the Biden administration was seen coming, this administration is already believed to have used sanctions against a foreign government in order to tighten the ammo market and punish American gun owners. This “whole-government” approach to gun control is new but the Biden administration is banking on it working.