Let the CDC Research Gun Violence - End the Dickey Amendment

Even after 34 people were murdered in Ohio and El Paso, Texas, and dozens of others have been gunned down at school, places of worship, and even while out dancing, Congress still refuses to let the Center for Disease Control study the epidemic of gun violence.

That's because the NRA has an absolute chokehold on congress. The NRA lobbied for and successfully passed the Dickey Amendment in 1996. The law prevents the CDC from even studying the effect of gun violence on the American public. The amendment is named for its author, Congressmen Jay Dickey, and even he wishes Congress would repeal it.

Just three days after the mass murder in Orlando, Congressman Tony Cardenas tried to overturn the Dickey Amendment and failed. 

Congress refuses to pass gun control legislation because "not enough research" has been conducted, yet they are the ones blocking the research! This is just another excuse to avoid passing the necessary laws that would protect the American people. Until the Dickey Amendment is repealed, congress will continue to do nothing as innocent Americans die from gun violence.

Allowing the CDC to study something that kills nearly 100 American every day is so common sense, it's hard to believe it isn't already happening. In the U.S. last year alone, there were 426 mass shootings, killing 528 people, and wounding 1,549. The death toll is staggering, and unless the Dickey Amendment is repealed, the numbers will only grow.

The American Medical Association has called gun violence a "public health crisis" and they are ready to go toe to toe with Congress to repeal this amendment. But they need our help! The largest representative body for doctors who see the actual effects of gun violence want to use science to find out why it's happening and how we can stop it. We, the public, need to back them up.

Sign this petition to demand Congress repeals the Dickey amendment so we can get some accurate data about how and why guns violence is so common. 

Update #56 years ago
Finally, some good movement. Congress is signaling the possibility of funding some gun research. It isn't a full repeal of the Dickey Amdt, but would be a step in the right direction. Now, more than ever, is the time to be heard. Keep sharing the petition with friends and family - all signatures are being sent to your elected representatives.
Update #36 years ago
Our pressure is working! Even some House Republicans and member of the Trump administration are beginning to admit that the Dickey amendment is counter-productive. Keep sharing the petition, this may be the watershed moment we’ve been hoping for in preventing gun violence.
Update #26 years ago
17 more people are dead, most of them children, after a horrifying mass shooting in Florida on Valentine's Day. Yet Congress still won't allow the Center for Disease Control to figure out why this is happening and what we can do about it. This is absolutely ridiculous. The time is now. Demand an end to the Dickey Amendment. Share the petition with all your networks. Please.
Update #17 years ago
The GOP just blocked yet another effort by House Democrats to repeal the Dickey Amendment. Share this petition widely and call your representative if they are trying to keep a ban on gun violence research.
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