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Republicans Block $10 Million Gun Research

An amendment to a House spending bill that would have paid for the Centers for Disease Control to study gun deaths and injuries as a health issue was turned away this week.

The Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday rejected, in a 20-32 vote, an amendment by U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, D-NY, to add $10 million to the 2019 CDC budget for grants to conduct research on gun violence. The 176-page bill that was reported out of the committee did, however, touch on gun policy — with Section 210 continuing with a general provision to prevent funds from being used to advocate for or promote gun control.

“It’s time that we give the scientists the tools to study the causes of firearm injury, in hopes that more Americans can be spared from violent suicide and firearm-related accidents,” said Lowey in arguing the 1996 Dickey Amendment had stymied such research.

Named for former U.S. House Rep. Jay Dickey, an Arkansas Republican who originally backed the measure in 1996 while President Bill Clinton was in office, the amendment stripped the CDC of $2.6 million it had been using on its gun violence research and has been a contentious matter ever since. While Dems and gun control advocates have repeatedly tried to scrap the practice and push forward with funding, Second Amendment groups have argued there is nothing in the Dickey Amendment preventing CDC from doing research, only in engaging in anti-gun advocacy. Still, some are hot that Lowey’s amendment tanked.

“It is nothing short of ludicrous for House Republicans to deny funding – even a request as conservative as $10 million out of what will be a budget of over $4 trillion – to study and understand gun violence as the public health crisis it is,” said Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign in a statement demanding the funding be restored.

Meanwhile, earlier this year the Senate approved an unfunded allowance that “CDC has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence,” but cannot use “funding to advocate or promote gun control.”



  • Edward J. Minor

    This BS is the reason we have SPAM folders.


  • L Cavendish

    Let them research…they will find out that 65% of gun deaths are by suicide…
    they will find out that young men account for the vast majority of gun crimes…and non-white men account for a disproportionate amount of those
    Of course…they will be called racists and bigots for pointing out the facts


    • no dilliger

      over one third of the gun deaths are suicide,unless stats changed in six months,but most of the others are gang related ,and most are from harsher gun law areas controled by democrats


  • Houmid

    “gun deaths and injuries”, are NOT a health issue.
    The causes of murder, suicide, and injuries are health issues. Depression, anger, rage, despair, etc. are the causes of these things.


  • KingDon

    Tell the CDC to stick to germs and stay out of progressive/liberal politics.



    brady wants to have the funding restored for the study. WHY?!?!?!

    They will not want to hear the results that don’t agree with their agenda!!


    • no dilliger

      the last time it was stats only now the democrats want opinions of people they manipulate or who generally agree with them,to slant the results


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