(Top graphic from the Journal of the American Medical Association – NPR)
Action #1 – We can’t stop or reduce a cause of death we don’t understand. The Senate needs to pass HR 2740 to fund research on gun violence
“More than 30,000 people are killed with guns in the U.S. every year. That’s more than die of AIDS, and about the same number as die in car crashes or from liver disease. But unlike AIDS or car crashes, the government doesn’t treat gun injuries or deaths as a public health threat.” (NPR)
Science-based research has brought down the number of deaths from highway accidents and Ebola. We can do this with gun violence too.
Senate must pass HR 2740: On June 19th, the House passed appropriations bill HR 2740, which, for the first time in two decades, included funding to study gun violence – $50 million dollars’ worth to be evenly split between the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Health. Now it’s in the Senate, and Sen. Roy Blunt, chairman of the subcommittee that oversees health research funding, said he wouldn’t support new funds for research on gun violence, as such funding is a “partisan priority” and that “There has never been a prohibition on HHS doing whatever research they want to do in this area.” They just need to do it without funding. And, as Jaime’s father mentions above, bullets don’t care about the politics of the people they tear into.
(Action script and contact below)
Action #2 – Just to be sure, we need to pass HR 674/S.184 Gun Violence Prevention Research Act.
And in case Blunt stops the appropriations bill, let’s pass HR 674/S.184 Gun Violence Prevention Research Act too. “Republicans argued that such research was actually political, and designed to restrict gun ownership. In 2018 Congress lifted the de facto ban, but didn’t fund any research. Other sources of funding exist, but research in gun violence consistently gets less money and attention than any comparable cause of death. That was mostly intentional; if you censor the explanations, then violence becomes inexplicable—senseless, or “evil.” Politicians can shake their heads and deploy thoughts and prayers instead of policy. In some ways the science of gun violence hasn’t really advanced since the Macarena was at the top of the charts.” (wired)
Minimim script for senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Senator [___] to pass the HR 2740 appropriations bill with the funding for gun violence research intact.
Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26): email,DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24): email. DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Who is my representative/senator?: hq-salsa.wiredforchange.com
- Gun Violence reframed as a public Health issue. (Modern Health)
- Gun Violence is a public health crisis (MSMS)
- Gun Violence is an epidemic. It is time for a public health response. (guardian)
- The CDC could totally study gun violence – it just needs money (wired)
- Funding and publishing of research on Gun violence and other leading causes of death (JAMA)
- A young scientist compared gun deaths to other leading causes and found a billion dollar research deficit. (Trace)