The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence applauds the House of Representatives for prioritizing gun violence research.
Washington, DC (December 16, 2019) — For more than two decades, both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have been left with a void in their research funding — funding for gun violence research. Today, it has been reported that House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement to end this research freeze and allocate $25 million to support “firearm injury and mortality prevention research” divided evenly between CDC and NIH.
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Director of Federal Affairs Dakota Jablon issued the following statement:
“Nearly 40,000 Americans died from gun violence in 2017. The total firearm death rate increased 17 percent over the last decade, while the firearm suicide rate increased 19 percent over the same time period. Gun violence in all its forms is a public health crisis.
“For far too long, legislators have held gun violence researchers hostage by refusing to appropriate funds for gun violence research. As gun deaths have climbed, federal researchers have been limited in their efforts to effectively study and develop solutions to reduce American gun fatalities and injuries. Now, that is going to change.
“Back in June, the House of Representatives passed an appropriations package that included $25 million in funding for both the CDC and NIH to research this epidemic and develop ways to prevent it. While we would have liked to see this original amount provided to each agency, we are excited to see that — for the first time in over twenty years — federal dollars will be used to discover new policies to save American lives.
“With this vital funding, public health research can help us address our gun violence epidemic. We thank Speaker Pelosi, Congresswoman Lowey, Congresswoman DeLauro, and their staff for their work during this process. The gun violence epidemic and evidence-based solutions to addressing it have become priorities in the House of Representatives, and the passage of this funding continues to illustrate how this issue is continuing to gain traction.