Proposal would set aside millions for gun violence research

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WEHT) – The American Medical Association says gun violence in America is a public health crisis, but unlike other threats, guns haven’t been researched by the federal government for more than 20 years.

Jonathan Lowy with the Brady Campaign blames the gun lobby’s grip on Congress.

In 1996, Congress prevented the use of federal dollars to promote gun control.

As a result, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stopped researching gun violence out of fear their findings could be considered a violation of the ban.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Connecticut) wants to change that and hopes to see $50 million set aside for the CDC and the National Institutes of Health to study the issue.

“Their research can help inform further proposals to help us save lives,” Rep. DeLauro said in a statement.

Some argue there’s plenty of research being done without the federal government.

Amy Sweener with the Heritage Foundation said, “It’s simply not the case that if the CDC isn’t doing, no one else is doing it.”

“We’ve seen explosions of other organizations, whether private or government-affiliated organizations, that are studying this,” Sweener said.

Rep. DeLauro’s funding passed the House, but it’s expected to face major opposition in the Senate.

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(This story was originally published on August 28, 2019)

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