It is long overdue to repeal Dickey Amendment that banned federal funding to conduct research on gun violence.
For more than 20 years, every year, Congress votes to deny funding and effectively ban the CDC from doing critical research to prevent gun violence through the Dickey Amendment. It is time to end this cruel ban that only prevents the medical community to research the issue of gun violence and a public health issue.
Recently, doctors blatantly told the National Rifle Association to get out of their way and quit rubbernecking. Just days after the NRA told the medical community to “stay in their own lane” when it comes to gun control, the doctors and nurses poked back. And the images weren’t pretty.
The issue of gun violence is complex and deeply rooted in our culture, which is why we must take a public health approach to ensuring our families and communities are safe. We must place a renewed emphasis on improving gun injury and violence research. Ongoing work is needed to ensure firearms do not fall into the wrong hands and to expand access to mental health services to those who need it most.
It all begins with repeal of Dickey Amendment and handing CDC the mantle to conduct thorough research on gun violence and come up with policy recommendations for Congress.