Statement by Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley On Gun Violence Research and Prevention

Monday, June 13, 2016

The mass shooting in Orlando is another horrific reminder that Congress must move swiftly to remove barriers to better understanding and thus more effective prevention of gun violence. This means putting research to work. Gun violence is a public health threat that is claiming too many lives and causing massive disruption in communities across the country, and we don’t know enough about how to contain it. We must make finding solutions to preventing gun violence a national priority, similar to the way we made it a priority to address public safety hazards to better prevent deaths and accidents from automobiles and swimming pools. Policymakers should move forward without delay to increase funding for research and evidence-based prevention. More than half of Americans (58%) support research into the causes and prevention of gun violence, according to a national survey commissioned by Research!America. Gun violence results in the death of 90 Americans each day. We should not waste another moment debating federal support for research that could save lives. Research!America urges Congress to support the development of evidence-based programs and allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fund rigorous scientific research into gun violence.

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