For nearly 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been subject to a ban on funding to study gun violence. In 1996, the National Rifle Association (NRA) convinced Representative Jay Dickey (R-AR) to insert language into an omnibus spending bill to prohibit the CDC from using any of their injury prevention funding for research that "advocate[s] or promote[s] gun control".
The so-called Dickey Amendment has appeared in every subsequent appropriations bill for almost 20 years and suppressed crucial efforts to study gun violence and how to reduce it. The NRA staunchly insists that any gun control research is part of an "anti-gun agenda," but even Representative Dickey has disputed the NRA's highly politicized characterization of the CDC's scientific research.
As the nation reels from yet another horrific school shooting, this time in Florida, it is long past time for Congress to end the NRA's tyrannical suppression of essential public health research. Urge your representatives to end the Dickey Amendment today.
Who To Call: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, Representative Richmond or Scalise.
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I’m an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
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. The [senator/representative] must demand the removal of the Dickey Amendment from the next omnibus spending bill.
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This call is adapted from 5calls.org.