Thanks to a 1996 law that NRA lobbying pushed through Congress, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention don’t get a cent to use in studying why gun violence claims 32,000 American lives a year. The law forbids the CDC from using federal funds for studies that “advocate or promote gun control.”
John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, says that the National Rifle Association’s efforts continue to keep Americans in the dark about many aspects of gun violence. “For more than 20 years, NRA leadership has advanced policies to obstruct access to and prevent analysis of gun violence and its causes — and blocked questions from police, military officers and even doctors to learn more. We support efforts to increase funding for scientific research that will help us end the gun violence that kills 86 Americans every day,” he said.
In contrast, the CDC budgeted $59 million for this year to study coal mining deaths. So far, there have been eighteen.
Days before the Isla Vista murders, Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation that would give the CDC dedicated funding to study gun violence. The bill is backed in the Senate by Edward Markey (D-Mass.).