About that CDC Research Executive Order

Had a brilliant idea , or at least I think it is, I’ll let you folks decide.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

Since Congress has blocked, by law, the funding of research into “gun violence” I think the President should not direct yours, mine and ours money into this idea.

However through technology and social media there is a possible solution; let people put their money where their beliefs are –  Crowd sourcing the funding.


PetriDish – “World famous researchers” post scientific research projects & expeditions, which are funded if a project reaches its financial goal.

Sciflies – Another micro-donation funding site supporting scientific research projects, across “medical, environmental, engineering” and other fields.

These two sites already exist; the government would not have recreate the infrastructure or technology.  Of course, we probably wouldn’t be that lucky — nor would the government expand this idea into other areas (Want a park in your state? Fund it. Want to support the “social safety net”, fund it yourself)  but the idea is there.

If you want to research the subject, go ahead and use your own money Mr. President. And to make sure there is a true ground support for the research, donations would be capped at a modest amount, say $50 per person.

So what do you think?




One Response to this post.

  1. Posted by Braden Lynch on 18.01.13 at 12:00

    This might help with the politicization of the research that happened with AGW. I do not trust the CDC to do unbiased and scientifically robust research. It really is silly though. If the studies show a huge correlation between a gun and a crime it does not prove causation nor invalidate my Constitutional right. Huge waste of effort for no practical use.