"The most alarming aspect of this report is that it looks like one more attempt to make firearms ownership a public health issue," he continued. "And what are the solutions offered by so-called 'gun safety' advocates? More gun control. They seem more interested in punishment than prevention; holding people accountable rather than educating people.
"What about teaching firearms safety as part of the public school curriculum," Gottlieb asked. "Why is that strategy never part of an effort to reduce firearms accidents among our youth? If you look up the term 'gun safety,' you will find that the leaders in that field are gun rights organizations, not lobbying groups that want to discourage firearms ownership or erode our rights under the Second Amendment.
"If the Associated Press and USA Today network data is accurate," he added, "and the CDC actually admits it has questioned its own statistics, this opens the agency up to questions about other data that it produces. It is no wonder that firearms organizations and industry groups have long questioned the CDC in its attempts to make firearms a public health issue.
"You cannot treat a civil right like a communicable disease," Gottlieb concluded.
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