GOP Said The CDC Could Research Gun Violence, But Won’t Give Them Money To Do It

GOP Said The CDC Could Research Gun Violence, But Won’t Give Them Money To Do It

The House GOP rejected a budget proposal this week to give $10 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research gun violence, once again zeroing out federal funding to study an epidemic that claims more than 33,000 lives in the United States each year. Wednesday’s party-line vote would’ve been business as usual in most years. Congressional Republicans have been denying the CDC money for gun violence research for nearly two decades. But in March, they signaled a potential change when they passed a bipartisan spending bill with language specifically stating the CDC could study gun violence. That measure, approved just a month after the massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, came amid renewed debate about the 1996 Dickey Amendment, which bars the CDC from “advocating or promoting gun control.” The provision doesn’t explicitly prohibit gun violence research, but it has effectively starved it of federal funding. Some gun safety groups saw the spending bill language as a sign that Congress might be changing course in response to the recent surge of advocacy demanding action to address the violence. “In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting this past spring, we finally had a flicker of hope that the Dickey Amendment was repealed and done with,” said Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence, in a statement Thursday. After the vote, “that hope has been snuffed out,” said Brown. As a result, the obstacles to new gun research remain. Congress hasn’t funded […]

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