California Using Agenda ‘Research’ to Justify Gun Edicts

To doctors with an agenda like Garen Wintemute, gun ownership is a public health issue that must be treated like a disease. (UC Davis Health YouTube screen capture)

“California doesn’t have money to fix roads, but drops millions on gun violence research,” Townhall.com Weekend Editor Jennifer Van Laar reported Saturday. “One thing legislators have found the money for is anti-gun research. They call it ‘gun violence research,’ but make no mistake, there is only one acceptable outcome for the research.”

That “research” will be provided via an exclusive arrangement with UC Davis “researcher Garen Wintemute “if a bill pending in the Assembly passes … Wintemute’s organization will be the only one the CA DOJ is required to share its Gun Violence Restraining Order data with. As a result, other researchers who want to independently verify any of his findings will probably not be able to. Under SB 536, the DOJ would have the discretion to deny other researchers access to that data, which is publicly funded.”

That’s problematic for a variety of obvious reasons, including a lesser-known one learned through personal experience.  The man has a documented tendency to “exaggerate.”

“This article originally wrongly implied that blogger David Codrea had ‘outed’ gun researcher Garen Wintemute,” a correction posted to a 2013 article in Nature (“International weekly journal of science” admitted. “In fact, Wintemute had publicized his own work before Codrea’s blog post. The text has been corrected to reflect this.”

That’s not all that needed to be corrected, and Nature was told that yet elected to post a tepid non-retraction, giving further evidence of putting agenda before simply chronicling the observable. Per my provable explanation at the time:

“With two demonstrably erroneous statements and one notable contradiction in the three short sentences dealing with my WarOnGuns.com blog’s commentary on Garen Wintemute’s ‘research’ methods, [Nature’s] article merits additional scrutiny,” my letter began.

“I was not the one who ‘outed’ Wintemute, he did,” the letter protested. “It was his own revelation that he was trying ‘to eavesdrop on gun transactions without attracting notice.’ My resulting ‘warning’ blog, directed to lawful gun show proprietors, security personnel and attendees who properly consider their private business just that, was posted in June, 2007, not in 2008 as the article states.

“When Wintemute tells [Nature] by that point he had discontinued this practice, he directly contradicts what he was telling the media at the time — that ‘Eventually, he hopes to train others to become observers at gun shows — and possibly to go one step further than he did and notify local police when they witness an illegal transaction,’” the letter documented.

 

A “Not Wanted”poster…

That warning to proprietors and attendees that this guy was secretly snooping was further misrepresented by Slate, which quoted Wintemute talking about perceived “threats” on his life, which he attempted to make appear egged-on by adding:

“There is a wanted poster on the Internet.”

The words “wanted poster” link to a WarOnGuns post from 2007. Anyone who equates a handout warning gun show exhibitors and attendees to notify security if they spot him with a threat is hardly a reliable observer and reporter of facts. And anyone who misrepresents that deliberately can hardly lay claim to ethical practices. That makes the Slate article by Harvard “ethicist” Paul D. Thacker, and his ridiculing response to having the lie exposed, yet another example of the truism that for “progressives,” every day is Opposite Day.

If the State of California does grant Wintemute exclusive access to tax-funded data, don’t be surprised if this is the quality of the work product the legislators use to dream up yet further infringements on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

Note Wintemute making a cigarette comparison in the following video, and then recall the reasons Congress was pressed to defund specifically anti-gun “research” by the Centers for Disease Control. Among other blatant examples of agenda “science” intended to “eradicate” them, CDC official Mark Rosenberg let slip  “We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like we did with cigarettes. Now it [sic] is dirty, deadly and banned.”

Agenda much, Doc?

For readers interested in qualified rebuttals to the absurd “public health model” by medical professionals, visit Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership.

—–

If you believe in the mission of Oath Keepers, to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, please consider making a donation to support our work.  You can donate HERE.

Categories: 2nd_amendment, All

About Author

David Codrea

David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.

Comments

  1. Drake Savage 19 July, 2017, 15:00

    If a scientist or researcher is afraid to allow independent scientific review, then I would view any “discovery” as inherently flawed.

    Reply this comment
  2. Cal 19 July, 2017, 20:00

    What part of the Preamble to the Bill of Rights is not understandable?

    Preamble to the Bill of Rights: “Congress OF THE United States begun and held at the City of New York, on Wednesday the Fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
    THE Conventions of a number of the States having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution. …”

    This Doctor has no more power to go against the US Constitution LEGITIMATELY then those who are Oath takers and serve in different areas of our governments. He can make the choice for himself to be armed, to carry or not to carry. But this “see something, say something” Nazi thing he is discussing doing, having already done, and is pushing others to do is UNLAWFUL and UNCONSTITUTIONAL; as is the NSA and any other “intelligence” agencies spying on the American people. Their actions are AGAINST our legitimate government and they too will pay the price if the USA falls.

    What price? YOU (meaning every single person living in America – governmental or not, military or not – will be ALLOWED to own NOTHING. Not the clothes on your back, not a vehicle of any type, not any type of property that the US Constitution requires those who serve within government to PROTECT and DEFEND; you will eat what they decide you deserve to eat and drink; you will do whatever is assigned to you; they will decide when you have outlived your usefulness; etc.

    I am not willing to let this nation go that way, are you?

    Reply this comment
    • Nick 21 July, 2017, 10:35

      Cal, You are correct, but to have people listen and understand seems a most difficult endeavor. I watched my father try decades ago, and may I add much of what he spoke of has come to pass. I have tried myself for a few decades with little results. It is just a few who can open their mind to the truth. Few wish to disturb what they see as normalcy.
      But I have a question or two for you that none, either want to answer or simply can’t correlate. When do we start asking these politicians why they focus on “gun violence” and ignore the other means? You’ve allowed gangs and drug dealers to fester under what was built by progressive programs. LBJ understood the eventual outcome of the programs, and was all for the destruction of community.
      And the last question, because I always have to point to this. How difficult is it to recognize that by revitalizing the Constitutional Militia, we would end a great deal of violence along with the intrusion, and corruption of government?

      Reply this comment
  3. Art 20 July, 2017, 10:05

    Let’s Research CELL PHONE DEATHS VS. GUN DEATHS…
    The CELL PHONE DEATH’S..ARE IN THE LEAD…!
    STOP THIS MISINFORMED IDIOT…!

    Reply this comment
  4. Annie 20 July, 2017, 10:14

    We need to get out of the UN and stop funding them. We need to end their programs in the US, which are all under Agenda 21 (UN Agenda for the 21st Century) – with Agenda 30 and Agenda 50 including USAID, designed to usher in global govt./international law and money system – apparently with Islam as the enforcer. Many govt. officials have decided globalism is the way to go (UK, Germany, France, Australia, Canada, Sweden etc. – and look at the mess they have). Look at our schools, the traitors who have infiltrated our intelligence agencies, Justice Dept. (and other agencies) thanks to Obama/Hillary/Lynch, the glaring globalism of the Dem Party and turncoat Republicans. It should be obvious to everyone by now that globalist traitors are in the process of destroying morale, morals, and national cohesion/integrity by bringing disorder; forced migration; not holding migrants responsible for their crimes; not enforcing our immigration laws; not supporting law enforcement executing their duties; brainwashing our young with anti-American dogma; our govt. including intelligence agencies, Justice Dept., law enforcement infiltrated with traitors and stealth jihadists; our judges, officials, and politicians practicing/inciting/fomenting insurrection/sedition/treason; our media politicized; allowing primitive, barbaric and/or subhuman cultural practices; encouraging perversion and degeneracy; attacking our national history; attempting to take away our Bill of Rights under the Constitution; other outrages and anti-American activities. All that to usher in international govt. under communist and Islam -controlled United Nations. Obama, his Cabinet, and appointees spent his entire Presidency forwarding UN goals and continues to do so. That is why Trump is violently opposed. Trump is USA first and a nationalist. That is why they hate Russia. Russia is nationalist, not globalist. We should be developing diplomatic and economic relations with Russia. since they are our ally in fighting globalism. Here’s the UN play for you: http://www.un-documents.net/earth-ch.htm If they’re successful you’re going to be living in a 3rd world country because we will be the ATM for the world. Remember this date: November 6, 2018. That’s the date on which 33 senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and 14 governorship’s will be up for re-election. Put it on your calendar now and be prepared to be an informed voter. The President is only one cog in the government machine. You can make effective change through voting for your local and state representatives. This is the check that can balance our situation. Pass it on.

    Reply this comment
    • Ivan Berry 21 July, 2017, 14:45

      Annie, you ramble well and I cannot disagree. Anyone should realize that unaligned, China will eat both our lunches. That is, unless we let the general government eat it all beforehand.

      Reply this comment
  5. Cary1911 20 July, 2017, 10:16

    If you live in California and are not a felon the state will ask you to leave. This is how California works ass backwards.

    Reply this comment
    • Jim 20 July, 2017, 12:01

      Garen (Waffen/SS) really wants to say “show me your papers, i am here to take your guns”! This Wack job!!

      Reply this comment
  6. Bob 20 July, 2017, 12:20

    A lot of these “researchers” don’t even know which end of a gun that the
    Bullet comes out of. The caliber of the gun is how many bullets fit in the
    Magazine. They are clueless shills.

    Reply this comment
  7. Mark 20 July, 2017, 21:30

    Guns can’t be violent they are inanimate objects.

    Reply this comment
  8. Green Giant 20 July, 2017, 22:53

    As a liberal and a gun grabber he will do whatever it takes to get his name in the news. That could include making his own threats against himself and even his “outing” of his own actions.
    It seems that he wants ATTENTION.
    LOL

    Reply this comment
  9. Vinny 21 July, 2017, 14:40

    Simply another Kalifornia whack job lost in a state that is whacked out and run by Moonbean, who is the CEO of whack jobs…..no wonder the West coast is falling apart like a dollar suitcase and has become a cesspool of lunacy. It’s all over but the crying for them……

    Reply this comment
  10. Robert H. 24 July, 2017, 07:47

    I was born and raised in Cali,and it really is a shame what it’s become. California has always been leftist for sure,but it really has become completely insane. That’s why all the regular folks are leaving in mass exodus(I moved to the great state of Tx),and soon Cali will be nothing more than Hollywood,Silicon Valley and illegal aliens.

    Reply this comment

Write a Comment

Your e-mail address will not be published.
Required fields are marked*