WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., today released the following statement in response to recent news that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced grant awards to research gun violence. Murphy led the effort to lift the effective ban on federally-sponsored gun violence research, called the Dickey Amendment, in 2018 and later helped secure this critical funding.
“I’m proud to see the United States is finally treating gun violence like the public health threat that it is and devoting resources to get the data we need to save lives," said Murphy. “After years of fighting to lift the effective ban on gun violence research and helping to secure critical research funding, I'm pleased to see this historic research begin. I remain hopeful this major federal investment will lead to commonsense solutions that will better protect our communities and our children.”
Specifically, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced its commitment of $7,836,869 to fund 16 research awards to study and prevent firearm-related injuries, death, and crime. These grants are intended to support research on the characteristics of gun violence, the risk and protective factors for interpersonal and self-directed gun violence, and the effectiveness of interventions to prevent it. CDC also announced additional grant awards to support gun violence research specific to children and youth.
Since coming to Congress, Murphy has led several efforts to lift the effective ban on federally-sponsored gun violence research and secure funding for it. In 2018, she worked with bipartisan negotiators to enact into law unprecedented language that effectively repeals the two-decade-old Dickey Amendment, paving the way for the CDC’s recent announcement to sponsor evidence-based research on gun violence prevention. In 2019, Murphy helped secure $25 million for the CDC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to sponsor independent research into ways to reduce gun violence.
Murphy was also the author of a bipartisan bill to repeal the Dickey Amendment, the Gun Violence Research Act, which had 173 cosponsors and broad support from gun safety and public health organizations. In the aftermath of the 2018 Parkland shooting, Murphy advocated for a host of gun violence prevention measures at a bipartisan White House summit with President Trump.