It must be nice to conduct a study, then only use the numbers that benefit your supporters.
That, my friends, is exactly what the Biden administration did.
It ordered a study on defensive gun use, then deleted the stats from a report because a gun advocacy group objected.
The CDC commissioned a study that was completed by Florida State University emeritus professor Gary Kleck.
The study found that there are somewhere between 60,000 and 2.5 million defensive gun uses every year.
Mark Bryant, executive director of the Gun Violence Archive, objected to the data.
He stated, “[T]hat 2.5 Million number needs to be killed, buried, dug up, killed again and buried again.
“It is highly misleading, is used out of context and I honestly believe it has zero value — even as an outlier point in honest DGU discussions.
“And while that very small study by Gary Kleck has been debunked repeatedly by everyone from all sides of this issue [even Kleck] it still remains canon by gun rights folks and their supporting politicians and is used as a blunt instrument against gun safety regulations every time there is a state or federal level hearing.
“Put simply, in the time that study has been published as ‘a CDC Study’ gun violence prevention policy has ground to a halt, in no small part because of the misinformation that small study provided.”
The CDC later deleted the data, writing back, “We are planning to update the fact sheet in early 2022 after the release of some new data.
“We will also make some edits to the content we discussed that I think will address the concerns you and other partners have raised.”
Kleck, understandably, was livid, stating, “CDC is just aligning itself with the gun-control advocacy groups.
“It’s just saying: ‘We are their tool, and we will do their bidding.’ And that’s not what a government agency should do.”
Source: Fox News