Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro Pushes For Gun Violence Research At CDC

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro Pushes For Gun Violence Research At CDC

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Brent Peterkin, Statewide Coordinator, Project Longevity joins Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro at press conference to push for gun violence research at CDC For almost two decades no federal dollars have been allocated to researching the effects of gun violence. But there are moves afoot to change that. Calling it a public health emergency, Connecticut’s third district congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said House Democrats want funding to enable the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct research for gun violence prevention. It would be the first time since the 90’s that Congress has funded such research. DeLauro said opponents worry the information would be used to take away people’s second amendment rights. “That is the fear, that it will lead to gun control,” DeLauro said. “And obviously the NRA has had a significant role in helping to perpetrate that.” DeLauro said they are poised to give the CDC funding in this year’s appropriation bill that could give the agency the ability to study areas like suicide intervention, or the correlation between domestic violence and gun violence. Dr. Kirsten Bechtel from the pediatric emergency department at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital said that 20 years ago car crashes killed more people in the U.S. than firearms. But in 2014 deaths from firearms outnumbered those from car crashes. “The fact that deaths from car crashes and firearms have converged is alarming, because nine in ten households in this country have access to a car, but only about one-third of households have access to […]

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