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GOP Rep. Goodlatte Wants to Repeal Ban on CDC Gun Studies

GOP Rep. Goodlatte Wants to Repeal Ban on CDC Gun Studies
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. (Steve Helber/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 15 February 2018 09:11 PM

Congress should re-examine a policy barring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from studying gun violence as a public health issue, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said Thursday.

In an interview to air Sunday on C-SPAN's interview program, "Newsmakers," the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee — a vocal Second Amendment advocate — said "if it relates to mental health, that certainly should be done," The Hill reported.

Goodlatte noted author of the ban — the late GOP Arkansas Rep. Jay Dickey — came to regret his amendment that was used to restrict funding for gun violence research.

"I don't think it's inappropriate — particularly if the original author of that says it should be examined — to take a look at it, to see if there is a way to do that, to promote the cause, the core pursuit of the Centers for Disease Control, which is to prevent disease, not to address issues related to things that happen because someone has a disease like mental illness," he said, The Hill reported.

The comments came a day after a 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who reportedly had a history of mental illness, opened fire at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 students and faculty.

"I telephoned [Dickey] in retirement and he said, 'That's not what I intended,'" said Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., who heads the Democrats' gun violence-prevention task force, The Hill reported.

"It should be dealt with," he added. "What is the harm in collecting data to try and figure out why people do the things that they do?"

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