According to 1055 likely voters, gun violence is a criminal justice matter, not a public health issue.
A survey conducted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) from September 30th to October 2nd, found that 84% of 1055 participants thought that the CDC should focus more on diseases than gun related violence. The survey was conducted by a national polling agency commissioned by the NSSF to find out if most adults agreed with politically charged gun control advocates and other gun control organizations to decide if guns used in crimes are really a public health concern.
The scientific survey from the official press release from the NSSF regarding this data found here:
“As the significant challenges posed by the Ebola epidemic demonstrate, the emphasis of the Centers for Disease Control should remain on the study, prevention and containment of viruses and infectious disease,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “For political reasons, many involved in gun control activism would like to re-define the criminal misuse of guns into a public health issue. We commissioned this survey to help determine where Americans stood on this issue. To put it plainly, they don’t buy it. And given the 20-year reduction in violent crime that the FBI reports, even as the number of firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens has increased, they shouldn’t buy it.”
As a part of the survey, respondents were asked if the definition of gun violence should include accidents and those that used a gun to legally defend themselves, and 75% agreed that gun violence is a crime committed with intention to injure another person.