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In an exclusive interview with CNN, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky announced a restart to the agency’s discontinued research program on gun violence, an issue some Democratic lawmakers have characterized as an “epidemic.”

To quell the apprehensions of law-abiding firearm owners, she insisted her initiative would not focus on cracking down on gun owners and their Second Amendment right, although she left ambiguous the program’s scope.

“Generally the word ‘gun,’ for those who are worried about research in this area, is followed by the word ‘control.’ And that’s not what I want to do here. I’m not here about gun control. I’m here about preventing gun violence and gun death,” she said.

Departing somewhat from the progressive tendency to demonize the National Rifle Association (NRA) —which represents millions of gun owners — as being complicit in mass shootings, Walensky said she’s extending an olive branch to these Americans and involving them in the CDC program.

“Come to the table. Join us in the conversation…I want you to teach me what you’ve done to make your gun safe. And then I want you to teach everybody else,” she added.

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