Democrats, doctors say mass shootings need public health approach

The ban on research related to gun violence goes back to 1996, when the NRA accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of lobbying for control.  That year, a Republican congressman stripped $2.6 million from the CDC budget, the exact amount spent on gun research the previous year.  Later the funding was restored, but designated elsewhere, and wording was inserted into the CDC’s appropriations bill that, “None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.” (Reported by the Todd C. Frankel of the Washington Post)  However, as a result of recent mass shootings (one as recently as December 2, 2015), there are renewed cries for treating gun violence as a public health crisis.  (click here for story)  Join with me to demand that Congress restore the appropriate funding and authority to the CDC to fund studies related to gun violence and to treat this issue as a public health crisis of monumental proportions.