Sent on behalf of Paul Freeman, IH Section, Action Board
Call your senators today and urge them to lift the ban on CDC research on gun violence.
Hi, my name is ______, and I’m calling from [town/city].
I’m calling to express my strong opposition to the budget rider that bans the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching gun violence.
With deaths and injuries mounting from gun violence in our schools and communities, we need the federal government to study this problem and offer effective, evidence-based solutions to this crisis.
Putting our public dollars behind this problem is critical – we cannot continue to offer only thoughts and prayers, we must act.
I urge [Senator X] to remove the anti-science rider that prevents the CDC from conducting research on gun violence from the spending bill.
Thank you for your time.
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Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. Guns kill almost 30,000 people and cause 60,000 injuries each year. As a longtime advocate for violence prevention policies, APHA recognizes a comprehensive public health approach to addressing this growing crisis is necessary.
The issue of gun violence is complex and deeply rooted in our culture, which is why we must take a public health approach to ensuring our families and communities are safe. We must place a renewed emphasis on improving gun injury and violence research. Ongoing work is needed to ensure firearms do not fall into the wrong hands and to expand access to mental health services to those who need it most.
If you are interested in a sample op-ed, letter to the editor or technical support to help reach your local media, please contact APHA Media Relations.
Visit APHA’s website to learn more about this issue and how you can take action.