Congress: End the Ban on Federal Gun Violence Research

Target: Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate Majority Leader

Goal: Lift the congressional ban on federal gun violence research.

The U.S. has the highest number of guns per capita of any country, and there have been over 1,500 mass shootings since the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012. Gun aggression is rampant in our schools and neighborhoods, and many citizens no longer attend public events because they fear gunshot bombardment. The horrific shooting at a Florida high school recently left 17 young people dead at the hands of a gunman, forcing citizens to question why in the world Congress would continue prohibiting federal research of this national problem in the wake of epidemic gun violence.

There has been a congressional ban of federal gun violence research since 1996. Considering that over 30 people are killed every day in America by guns, we should be putting our resources into this difficult topic to try and solve it. You cannot find a solution to a problem you know nothing about; research must be resumed to determine the causes of gun violence and how it affects society.

We have a crisis on our hands in this country. In 2018, there have already been 8 school shootings in only 7 weeks. It is disturbing that children have become overly obsessed with guns and violence. We need to delve deeper into the problem to obtain a clearer picture of what needs to be done and how best to do it to prevent these disasters from happening.

By ignoring the escalating problem of gun violence, many innocent and precious lives have been lost. For the welfare of our citizens, it is imperative that the ban on gun violence research be lifted. Sign the petition to demand Congress revoke the prohibition on gun violence research to protect citizens and stop the insanity.


Dear Mr. McConnell,

Gun violence threatens citizens every day in America. Seventeen young people lost their lives in Parkland, Florida, at the hands of a deranged young gunslinger, and the list of gunshot victims throughout the U.S. continues to grow. Congress must stop prohibiting gun violence research to allow our country to find a workable solution to this gruesome problem through careful research and examination.

Shooting incidents are occurring so frequently, many people have lost sensitivity to the issue. We can no longer ignore the problem before us, sitting idle while people begin to accept this unhinged behavior as the norm. With an average of 32 people shot per day in our country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) must be allowed to conduct extensive research into the root causes for such violence and how to prevent it.

The congressional banning of gun violence research is a tremendous obstacle on the path to finding an optimal solution to this tragic problem. We need more information in order to make the best decisions regarding policies and procedures. I strongly urge Congress to lift the prohibition of gun violence research to promote the safety and well-being of our current and future citizens.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Gen Agustsson says:

    enough with the guns already people!

  2. when your own child is being hit by such bullets, then it is to late to cry and hope for help in your sadness….Then maybe you can think about all the other children who has begged for a harder policy what guns in hands of children, adults, etc. and never became one helping hand from you that are lobbying or become money from the gun business..NRA..and with the help of that Trump who is making it all worse…..I am so glad I do not live in your country……especially with children or grandchildren…..

    • Gemma, have you visited our beautiful country? We do not run around in fear of firearms like you seem to think. In your country your government can treat you any way they please and you have no recourse. We do! There are 350-600 MILLION guns in mostly law abiding hands in the United States and yes, that does definitely make us safer. Concealed Carry Permitholders are some of the most law abiding people on earth averaging 1 crime per 42,000 permitholders. If you look at some of our major cities then I would agree with you that they are cesspools of violence. If we could clean up Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, St. Louis and a couple of others we would be one of the safest countries on the planet. Guns are not the problem here…thugs are the problem.

  3. Renata Bartoli, PhD says:

    In civilised countries people do NOT go (or need to go) out carrying weapons. It’s mad. It’s not the Wild West. And now you even have elected Trump: you have really lost the plot. The rest of the world is in the 21st century. In some states you even train little children to use guns. Unbelievable.

  4. Violence is violence.

  5. Patricia Dumais says:

    Don’t know what it will take to open Americans’eyes to the problems caused by the overuse of firearms. More guns just means more gun violence, not more protection!

    • “More guns just means more gun violence”. Then how do you explain that from 1994 through 2013 ownership of firearms increased by 56% while gun homicides fell by 49%. It would certainly seem that more guns in the hands of law abiding citizens definitely means less crime. The CDC even admits that each year there are from 50,000 to 3 MILLION defensive gun uses! Care to rethink your statement and do a little research?

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