Quigley Leads Letter Urging House Leadership Not to Restrict Gun Violence Research in Appropriations Package
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, sent a 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. The letter was signed by 121 Members of Congress, including other leaders Reps. Price (NC-04), Kelly (IL-02), Murphy (FL-07), DeLauro (CT-03), and Lowey (NY-17). You can find the full letter text here.
“Although Members of Congress may disagree about how best to respond to the high incidence of gun violence, we should all be able to agree that our response should be informed by sound scientific evidence,” reads the letter.
“There is absolutely no reason to restrict the CDC from studying the rampant gun violence epidemic that devastates communities across the country, including in my hometown of Chicago,” said Rep. Quigley. “Conducting research about this issue is an easy—and obvious—first step to equip us with a deeper understanding of the actions we can take and policies we can enact to save lives. I’m proud to join my colleagues in urging Republican leadership to break with the status quo, encourage scientific research, and elevate the debate on gun violence prevention.”
In addition to protecting public health and safety through prevention of disease, the CDC has also historically conducted other non-disease related research to prevent injury or illness such as drowning prevention, intimate partner violence, and motor vehicle injuries. Since 1996, however, riders such as the “Dickey Amendment” have been attached to annual appropriations bills that prevent the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other agencies from conducting high-quality, peer-reviewed research about gun violence.
Last month, 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.