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Weekly recap from the perspective of a TV Anchor. Warren Wright changes pace, gets off the set schedule and divulges relevant news items with more time & discourse. Topics range from news, lifestyle and social commentary.

This week, Warren presents the acute need of obtaining credible facts and federally funded research for gun control laws.

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Dickey Amendment

“In United States politics, the Dickey Amendment is a provision first inserted as a rider into the 1996 federal government omnibus spending bill which mandated that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”[1] In the same spending bill, Congress earmarked $2.6 million from the CDC’s budget, the exact amount that had previously been allocated to the agency for firearms research the previous year, for traumatic brain injury-related research.[2]

The amendment was lobbied for by the NRA. The amendment is named after its author Jay Dickey, a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas.[2] Many commentators have described this amendment as a “ban” on gun violence research by the CDC.”

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