Today, House Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) proposed legislation that would restart gun research efforts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 1996, a small CDC-funded study was opposed by Republicans. Since then, the CDC’s budget for such research has shrunk to zero.
The new legislation would give the CDC $10 million a year “for the purpose of conducting or supporting research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention.”
A National Rifle Association spokesperson called the proposal “unethical.”
But “professional groups that represent doctors, including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, support the push for more research funding. In a letter last summer, the associations wrote that “the dearth of gun violence research has contributed to the lack of meaningful progress in reducing firearm injuries,” and noted that ‘firearm injuries are one of the top three causes of death among youth.’”