Sending Office: Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney
Sent By:
Max.Whitcomb@mail.house.gov

Support CDC Funding For Gun Violence Research

Closing COB 3/15

Dear Colleague:

Gun violence affects families and communities throughout our country, yet since the mid-1990s, federal funding for gun violence research has almost halted entirely. As a result, policymakers, doctors, counselors, and the public lack comprehensive, evidence-based
information about the causes and characteristics of gun violence and the best strategies to prevent future tragedies.

Every day on average, 96 people in America die from gun violence and 222 people are shot and injured. According to the CDC, the rate of gun deaths in 2016 rose for the second straight year, to 12 deaths per every 100,000 people.  Our country is also experience
a growing number of mass shootings, with 19 of the deadliest modern mass shooting occurring over the last decade.

In order to prevent gun injuries and deaths, we need accurate information about how they occur and why. Yet for decades, policymakers have lacked the comprehensive tools to craft an effective response to this public health crisis of gun violence.  Pressing
questions are going unanswered, such as who is most likely to use a firearm in a crime, how often are guns used in domestic violence and how do guns get into the hands of people who use them to commit crimes.  Dedicated funding of $10 million will allow the
CDC to begin this important initiative. 

I hope you will join us on a letter (below) to the Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee requesting that the committee not include any language that prohibits or limits funds from being used to research the effects of gun violence or that prohibits the use
of federal funds for the advocacy or promotion of gun violence prevention, as well as
supporting $10 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to research firearm related violence as it interacts with public health
in FY2019.

Please have your staff contact Max Whitcomb (5-7944) in Rep. Maloney’s office or Renuka Nagaraj (5-4724) in Rep. Cicilline’s office with any questions or to add you name to the letter.

Sincerely,

Carolyn B. Maloney

David N. Cicilline

David E. Price

Member of Congress

Member of Congress

 Member of Congress

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March xx, 2018

 

The Honorable Tom Cole

Chairman

Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies

House Appropriations Committee

2358-B Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

 

The Honorable Rosa DeLauro

Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies

House Appropriations Committee

2413 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairman Cole and Ranking Member DeLauro,

 

As you begin consideration of the Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, we respectfully request that you do not include any language that prohibits or limits funds from being used to research the effects of gun
violence or that prohibits the use of federal funds for the advocacy or promotion of gun violence prevention.  We also request that you provide $10 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to research firearm related violence
as it interacts with public health.

 

Every day on average, 96 people in America die from gun violence and 222 people are shot and injured. According to the CDC, the rate of gun deaths in 2016 rose for the second straight year, to 12 deaths per every 100,000 people.  Our country is also experience
a growing number of mass shootings, with 19 of the deadliest modern mass shooting occurring over the last decade.

 

In order to prevent gun injuries and deaths, we need accurate information about how they occur and why. Yet for decades, policymakers have lacked the comprehensive tools to craft an effective response to this public health crisis of gun violence.  Pressing
questions are going unanswered, such as who is most likely to use a firearm in a crime, how often are guns used in domestic violence and how do guns get into the hands of people who use them to commit crimes.  Dedicated funding of $10 million will allow the
CDC to begin this important initiative. 

 

Research on the root causes of this important public health concern will better inform policymakers and the American people on how to best address this epidemic. We respectfully request that you do not include any language that prohibits or limits funds
from being used to research the effects of gun violence or that prohibits the use of federal funds for the advocacy or promotion of gun violence prevention.  Additionally, we ask that you provide $10 million in funding for the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) to research firearm related violence as it interacts with public health.

 

 

                                                                        Sincerely,

 

Carolyn B. Maloney                         David N. Cicilline                             David E. Price

Member of Congress                        Member of Congress                        Member of Congress

 

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