Since 1996, there has been a ban on federal funding into research on gun violence and fatalities related to gun use. As a result, gun violence is the least researched, least well-understood of the top 25 causes of death in the U.S.
Watch this webisode about the response of local doctors to the June, 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting and why research matters. It features Dr. Marc Levy, who says “Research saves lives. So why aren’t we doing research on gun violence to save lives?”
On March 9, 2017, Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), who represents the Florida district where the June, 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting took place, introduced a bill in the House to lift the ban on gun violence research.
On April 5, 2017, Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), who hosted the congressional screening of Newtown in June 2016, introduced Senate Bill 834 to apportion funds to the Centers for Disease control specifically for gun violence prevention and safety research.