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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley Calls on Speaker Ryan to Allow Vote on Gun Violence Research

Feb 21, 2018
Press Release

CHICAGO – Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as a Member on the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, joined Democratic Members in sending a letter to Speaker Ryan urging him to allow debate and a vote on legislation to finally repeal the Dickey Amendment and provide adequate funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research about gun violence. The letter was also signed by Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), David Price (NC-4), Rosa DeLauro (CT-3), Nita Lowey (NY-17), Robin Kelly (IL-2), and Stephanie Murphy (FL-7). Click here to read the full text.

In their letter to Speaker Ryan, the members state, “The Dickey Amendment has had a chilling effect on the CDC and other federal agencies who are responsible for conducting life-saving research.  The rider serves as an unnecessary barrier to finding meaningful and workable solutions to our nation’s gun violence epidemic, so much so that the ban’s author, the late Representative Jay Dickey, came to regret its effects... Gun-related deaths now nearly equal deaths from traffic accidents, but for too long, policymakers have lacked the comprehensive tools to craft an effective response to the public health crisis of gun violence.”

They conclude, “Mr. Speaker, you have said we need more facts and data on this issue and we agree. Federal research is essential to provide us the facts and data we deserve to protect every American and prevent more senseless tragedies.”

According to data compiled by the National Center of Injury Prevention and Control, between 1999 and 2010 firearm related violence claimed the lives of more than 360,000 individuals in the United States, including 35,366 children and teenagers.

In December, Rep. Quigley sent another letter to House leadership urging them to oppose language in the final FY18 appropriations package that would restrict the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies from conducting research about gun violence.

In November, Rep. Quigley re-introduced a bipartisan bill that would alert state and local law enforcement when criminals break the law attempting to acquire a gun. By strengthening partnerships between law enforcement officials at every level, the bill would create an additional layer of protection to ensure weapons stay out of the hands of the wrong people. Rep. Quigley also recently introduced new legislation that would require the Department of Justice to study the correlation between domestic violence and mass shootings.