6. CDC still isn’t researching guns
The vague language attached to Congress’ last spending bill has not successfully reopened federal research into gun violence, BuzzFeed News notes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still hasn’t launched any new research into gun safety, a month after Congress hinted such research might be OK.
Refresher: The so-called “Dickey Amendment,” which Congress passed in 1996, prohibits CDC from using any of its money to advocate for gun control. Since that measure passed, CDC has erred on the side of caution and not done any research at all on guns.
- When Congress passed its most recent spending bill, the non-binding committee report attached to the bill stated that CDC "has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence."
- But no such research is underway.
The bottom line: “If you want to move the needle you need to remove the Dickey Amendment,” Sen. Chris Murphy told BuzzFeed.