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GOP: Porn Is Public Health Crisis

| by Michael Allen

The Republican Party's platform draft declared on July 11 that internet pornography is a "public health crisis." The largest physicians group in the U.S. said in June that gun violence is a "public health crisis."

According to CNN, North Carolina delegate Mary Frances Forrester successfully proposed the anti-porn amendment to the platform, which reads:

The internet must not become a safe haven for predators. Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions. We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children's safety and well-being. We applaud the social networking sites that bar sex offenders from participation. We urge energetic prosecution of child pornography which [is] closely linked to human trafficking.

There is a huge difference between adults viewing porn, and the safety of children from adult predators and child pornography, which are already felonies, but there was little debate on the amendment.

In contrast, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced in June that it was adopting a new policy that deemed gun violence to be "a public health crisis," reported NPR.

The AMA's policy will include lobbying Congress to overturn a law that has banned the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) from researching gun violence for two decades.

AMA President Steven Stack announced in a statement: "Even as America faces a crisis unrivaled in any other developed country, the Congress prohibits the CDC from conducting the very research that would help us understand the problems associated with gun violence and determine how to reduce the high rate of firearm-related deaths and injuries."

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently said that the 1996 law banning the CDC from researching gun violence had "a chilling effect and resulted in a dearth of research on this critical topic."

The FBI found that 8,124 people were murdered by guns in 2014, noted The New York Times in June, which doesn't include approximately 20,000 people who commit suicide with guns every year.

The newspaper noted that gun homicides end about 27 American lives every day.

Sources: CNN, NPR, The New York Times / Photo credit: Downtrend.com

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