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Remove the Dickey Amendment!

February 22, 2018

17 people were killed in another school shooting last week, this time in Florida, the 34th mass shooting this year (defined as 4 or more casualties, not including the shooter). 

 

With the epidemic of mass shootings facing our country, 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 Until the Dickey Amendment is repealed, congress will continue to do nothing as innocent Americans die from gun violence.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 372 mass shootings, killing 475 people, and wounding 1,870. The death toll is staggering, and unless the Dickey Amendment is repealed, the numbers will only grow.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.

 

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Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Kenosha.

I’m calling today to express great concern that the profit-motivated NRA is still preventing the CDC from conducting gun violence prevention research. As an independent scientific agency, the CDC must be permitted to study how gun violence affects Americans and how to decrease this violence. Senator Ron Johnson must demand the removal of the Dickey Amendment from the next omnibus spending bill.

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