Coalition Urges Senate to Provide Funding for Gun Violence Research

September 2019

September 26, 2019

The Honorable Mitch McConnell The Honorable Chuck Schumer
Majority Leader Minority Leader
U.S. Senate U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510 Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Schumer:

As the Senate begins work on its Fiscal Year 2020 funding bills, we write to urge you to take action to save lives from the gun violence epidemic gripping our nation.

Since we last wrote to you in December of 2018, approximately 26,600 people have been killed by gun violence. Communities across the country have witnessed horrific mass shootings in schools, in stores, and at workplaces. At the same time, thousands of Americans have been gunned down in their own communities in acts of gun violence that rarely make the news.

The House passed its Fiscal Year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies funding bill, which includes $50 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research into gun violence. As the first bill to include such dedicated funding in over two decades, we applaud this monumental step to allow the nation’s top scientists and researchers the opportunity to address this public health and safety crisis.

We know that we must understand a problem in order to solve it. Over the past several decades, scientific and medical research has led to policy advances in automobiles, public sanitation, and cancer treatment that have saved countless lives. We ask the CDC, the nation’s premier institution of public health, to apply similar dedication to tackling the issues of gun violence, gun deaths, and gun injury. The cost of inaction is too significant and we cannot wait any longer. We urge you to include $50 million in dedicated funding for gun violence research in any final Fiscal Year 2020 bill. The nation is counting on you

Sincerely,

Giffords
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American College of Physicians
American College of Preventive Medicine
American College of Surgeons
American Medical Student Association
American Medical Women’s Association
American Nurses Association
American Psychological Association

American Public Health Association
Big Cities Health Coalition
Docs Demand Action
Doctors for America
National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Network of Public Health Institutes
Safe States Alliance
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