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To: The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate
Support CDC Research on Gun Violence Prevention
CDC can now research gun violence.
Gun violence is a major public health issue. As your constituent, I'm asking you to please support S.1473 and H.R.2612 NOW to restore funding to the CDC to research gun violence prevention and gun safety.
Why is this important?
Gun violence is a major public health issue. In the wake of shooting after shooting, we've got to figure out the root causes and how to prevent the next tragedy before it happens.
Did you know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used to research gun violence in the 80s and 90s, but the NRA bullied Congress into banning it nearly two decades ago? After the Sandy Hook tragedy, President Obama ordered the CDC to get back to studying “the causes of gun violence” but the CDC still avoids it. We have a chance to do something about this, and potentially save lives.
In the hours before the latest San Bernardino shooting, doctors urged Congress to lift the funding ban. New legislation introduced back in June in the House and Senate would restore funding for gun violence prevention and gun safety research by the CDC. But it won't get passed unless we pressure Congress to stand up to the NRA and do the right thing for us, their constituents.