Rep. Maloney and Sen. Markey Applaud House Appropriations Subcommittee for Including $50M for Gun Violence Research

May 2, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA), lead sponsors of the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act of 2019, released the following statements after it was announced that the proposed House Labor-HHS-Education funding bill for fiscal year 2020 includes $50 million for gun violence research.

“I have been introducing legislation with Sen. Markey for years now to provide much needed funding for gun violence research and am thrilled that the proposed Labor-HHS-Education funding bill includes it,” said Rep. Maloney. “These funds mean that we can finally study the gun violence epidemic properly and use the data we gain to create even better gun safety policy. Gun violence is a public health epidemic and its way past time we treat it like one.”

“If we want to stop the bloodshed and tragedies caused by gun violence, we need better information about what causes it and what can be done to prevent it,” said Sen. Markey.“This funding will be an important step in giving the medical, scientific and public-health community the resources and information they need to help end the gun violence scourge. I thank my partner and gun safety champion Rep. Maloney for her leadership in the House on this issue.”

A copy of Rep. Maloney’s and Sen. Markey’s legislation can be found here.

Background

For over twenty years, an appropriations rider known as the Dickey Amendment has limited our understanding of the gun violence epidemic by stymying research into gun violence. The Dickey Amendment prevents the CDC from using funds to “advocate or promote gun control,” but it has been misconstrued as a ban on gun violence prevention research. Last year, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testified that the Dickey Amendment does not prevent the CDC from conducting research into gun violence prevention, and report language accompanying the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus appropriations legislation similarly made this clarification. Before his death, the author of the original rider — former Representative Jay Dickey (R-Ark.) — came out in support of funding gun violence prevention research at the CDC, and stated that the rider should not stand in the way of researching the epidemic of gun violence.

The Gun Violence Prevention Research Act of 2019 would fund research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on firearms safety and gun violence prevention. Last year, doctors and public health officials across the country came out in support of such research and affirmed the need to address gun violence as the health crisis that it is.

Gun safety groups and health organizations endorsing the legislation include: Brady Campaign, Everytown for Gun Safety, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Sandy Hook Promise, March For Our Lives, Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, NoRA, Stop Handgun Violence, Arizonans for Gun Safety, Survivors Lead, Child Firearm Safety Alliance, Safe Tennessee Project, North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Education Fund, Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, CeaseFire Pennsylvania, WAVE Educational Fund, Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah, Ceasefire Oregon, Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Georgians for Gun Safety, New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, Iowans for Gun Safety, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Family Physicians, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and Futures Without Violence.

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