In his letter to the editor, Fritz Walker proposes that gun lobbyists continue to thwart funding for gun violence research because they just “can’t handle the truth.” He points out that although about 31,000 Americans die from gun violence each year, studies funded by the federal government regarding gun violence remain practically non-existent. Furthermore, whereas other public health issues, such as traffic fatalities, grant funding for enormous amounts of research, gun violence does not. This is party explained by the Tiahrt amendments. Passed in 2003 at the insistence of the gun lobby, the amendments prohibit the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from sharing its data with researchers. Similarly, the gun lobby is currently calling for the denial of the president’s request for a 10 million dollar grant from the CDC, which he plans to use as a subsidy for researching the causes and solutions of gun violence. With a crucial need to further learn about gun violence, Fritz Walker ends his letter by urging constituents to ask Congress to repel the Tiahrt amendments and a demand for more funding from the government to conduct research about gun violence.
Read his full letter here