Rosa DeLauro (opinion): We need more gun research, now

Rosa DeLauro (opinion): We need more gun research, now

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro speaks at a news conference in Milford in June. A few months ago, officers responding to an incident on Goffe Street in New Haven found a 16-year-old boy shot in the back. The boy’s injuries were not life-threatening, and I join those praying for his full recovery. But while I am grateful that this story did not end in tragedy, it is shocking just how common gun violence has become across the nation. The economic hardship, uncertainty and social disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic have led to a dramatic spike in gun violence over the past year. Last month alone, 438 people have been injured or killed nationwide in mass shootings — which include incidents involving four or more injuries or deaths. More recently, in the first half of this year, mass shootings were up 55 percent nationwide compared to 2020. Yet even as our nation faces this ever-growing crisis of gun violence, legislators have struggled to enact meaningful reform. Disagreements over the causes of gun violence and the best prevention methods have led to bitter partisan gridlock and ultimately put our communities and the safety of our law enforcement officers at risk. Part of the challenge legislators face is that even as we have plenty of evidence showing the dangers of guns, we still do not have sufficient data to suggest which gun violence prevention strategies, responses or interventions are the most effective. In 1996, a Republican-controlled Congress effectively halted all federal funding for […]

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