Target: U.S. House Majority Leader Leader Kevin McCarthy
Goal: End the ban on researching gun violence causes and prevention methods in the U.S.
Health organizations are prohibited from conducting research on gun violence to identify causes and come up with prevention methods in the United States, where we’ve had more mass shootings this year than we’ve had days. Two thousand doctors from nine U.S. health and safety organizations recently signed and delivered a letter to Congress to urge them to lift this ban and allow organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to help end the gun violence epidemic.
This ban was put into place for the CDC in 1996 thanks to immense pressure from the gun lobby. It’s nothing but a political ploy to prevent any bad press that might reduce gun sales or increase support for gun control legislation, and it’s cost countless lives. Similar research into traffic safety has prevented 360,000 deaths since 1996.
In a country where nearly 90 people die every day from gun violence, it’s unconscionable to prohibit any research into this incredibly deadly problem. The gun lobby says that guns don’t kill people–people kill people. Yet they won’t even let experts conduct research into the reasons why people kill people with guns. Sign our petition to demand this ban be immediately lifted so that maybe, someday, the people of the U.S. won’t have to live in fear of being suddenly gunned down.
Dear House Majority Leader McCarthy,
Since 1996, the CDC has been banned from conducting any research on gun violence. That was extended to the NIH in 2011. These bans were pushed by the gun lobby so that there would be no bad press affecting the precious sale of guns or creating extra support for gun control laws.
This year, there have been more mass shootings than there have been days, and nearly 90 people die every day as a direct result of gun violence. Even if people kill people, not guns, this is clearly a problem. Research by health and safety organizations could help us to figure out what causes people to kill others with guns rather than using them responsibly. Banning this research is a political ploy that’s left us at the mercy of those people with guns who turn them onto crowds of innocents.
People are dying at astronomical rates from an entirely preventable problem. Putting profits and power before lives is absolutely, indisputably wrong. If you let the gun lobby continue to control your party at the expense of the safety and lives of your citizens, you’re a coward at best. We demand that you immediately act to get this ban on gun violence research lifted.
[Your Name Here]
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