House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has come up empty in her efforts to eliminate a budget rider that has halted nearly all government research into gun violence for 17 years.It is a favorite myth of gun ban politicians and the gun ban lobby that the decades old ban on using taxpayer money to promote gun control has caused research on violence committed with firearms to almost completely end.
The trillion-dollar spending bill unveiled early Wednesday morning keeps in place the controversial amendment, which Pelosi had told gun control groups was a priority in the budget talks. It is on page 936 of the 2,009-page bill.
The top House Democrat added the gun research ban to her list of demands for GOP leaders during budget negotiations — the only gun-related provision that she has put her weight behind publicly following the recent massacres in Colorado Springs, Colo., and San Bernardino, Calif.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
The Hill reports today that the omnibus funding bill working its way through the House and later the Senate continues to ban federally funded research that promotes gun control: