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Representative Carolyn Maloney (speaking); NYAGV’s Leah Barrett (right of Maloney); gun violence victims and advocates appealed for federal gun violence research funding.

NYAGV joined New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney on February 22 at New York City Hall to call on President Obama to commit $10 million for federal research on gun violence.

The funds are being requested to enable the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to conduct scientific research on the causes and prevention of gun violence in the United States.

In 2012, the CDC devoted just $100,000 to gun violence research, although guns are involved in 70 percent of homicides and kill or injure over 80,000 Americans each year.

At the event, NYAGV Executive Director Leah Barrett, commented, “The corporate gun lobby, with the help of Congress, has strangled research on gun violence in the US, depriving policymakers of the data they need to develop and validate gun safety policy. Like other public health problems, gun violence research must be fully funded so that policymakers and the public understand the terrible toll guns take on our society and act to pass common sense gun safety laws that will save lives.”

Read the full text of Barrett’s remarks about gun violence research here.