Not only will Congress not allow any new gun control measures to pass, or in some cases even be voted upon, but they are also working hard to keep anyone from doing any serious research on gun violence.
This month 49 people were murdered in an Orlando dance club. The number of mass shootings has increased dramatically over the last several years. This is the time for action.
The NRA owns Congress. In 1996 the NRA passed the Dickey Amendment, preventing the Center for Disease Control from studying the effect of gun violence on the American public. Now, 20 years later, even the author of the amendment, Congressman jay Dickey, believes it should be repealed.
Gun violence kills nearly 100 Americans every day. In the last year alone there were 372 mass shootings, killing 475 people. Yet Congress refuses to move forward on gun control legislation claiming that there is not enough evidence and not enough research to move forward.
Now the most powerful medical association in the United States has called gun violence a “public health crisis.” If the American Medical Association is calling for changes to gun control it is time we, and Congress, listen.
Sign the petition now and tell Congress to take the first step – repeal the Dickey Amendment and allow for more research on gun violence.