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The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine noted that people living in those homes did not gain the protection they sought.
The National Rifle Association found the study's conclusions inconvenient, so it moved to suppress their dissemination and got its errand boys and girls in Congress to cut CDC's funding by the amount the study had cost — to intimidate the CDC and researchers.
But the NRA didn't stop there.
It also had its congressional representatives add language to the Omnibus spending bill for 1997, directing that “none of the funds … at the [CDC] may be used to advocate or promote gun control.
This was called the Dickey amendment after Jay Dickey, an Arkansas GOP congressman who introduced it. It has been included in every omnibus appropriations bill since 1997.
In 2011, Republicans added a Dickey clause to appropriations to the National Institutes of Health funding for 2012.
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