The NRA stopped the research we need to make us safer.
In 1996, the Dickey Amendment was inserted into the omnibus spending bill that mandated that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”
A 2005 report by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) assessed existing research on gun violence and gun policy, finding that considerable gaps exist in research and data to evaluate most gun violence prevention methods and that increased federal government funding was critical for further progress.
In 2013, Obama directed the CDC to restart research but spokesperson Courtney Lenard, told the Washington Post that “It is possible for us to conduct firearm-related research within the context of our efforts to address youth violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, and suicide. But our resources are very limited.” Despite an effort in 2015 to remove it, the Dickey amenment remains.
These bills that will fund $10 million for the (Centers for Disease Control) to research gun violence prevention and firearm safety for the next five years.
Minimal Script for Reps. who support this: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank Rep. [___] for co-sponsoring H.R.1832. (You can also email your thanks!)
Minimal Script for Reps. who don’t yet: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Rep. [___] to vote YES on H.R.1832.
(Check your Congressperson here. Brownley and Carbajal are already co-sponsors)
THANK Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779, https://juliabrownley.house.gov/contact/email-me
OR THANK Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348, https://carbajal.house.gov/contact/email
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Minimal Script for Senators who support this: I’m calling from [zip code] to thank Sen [___] for co-sponsoring S.834. (You can also email your thanks!)
Minimal Script for Senators who don’t yet: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask Sen [___] to vote YES on S.834.
(Check your Senator here. Feinstein and Harris are already co-sponsors)
THANK Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430 https://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me
AND THANK Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884 https://www.harris.senate.gov/content/contact-senator
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These and other concepts should be studied in great depth for efficacy in reducing gun violence. Continue reading “Gun violence is an American public health crisis. Vote YES to fund the CDC to research gun violence and firearm safety for the next 5 years. (HR.1832 / S.834)”