FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 15, 2018
Contact: Ted Bordelon
314 Action Calls for Repeal of The Dickey Amendment, Allowing Science to Help Solve Gun Violence
(Washington, D.C.) -- Following news of the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida that has left at least 17 people dead, 314 Action founder, Shaughnessy Naughton, released the following statement:
“This insanity has got to stop. It is not enough for cowardice politicians, beholden to their gun industry financial backers, to hide behind their thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers are not going to bring back the 17 lives that were taken in a Florida school yesterday. Thoughts and prayers are not going to undo the trauma inflicted on 549 people attending a concert in Las Vegas. And thoughts and prayers are not going to do anything to prevent the over 20,000 people that will die by handgun suicide this year.
We will never be able to prevent every death. But we can -- and should -- do something. It has been 22 years since Congressman Dickey’s amendment was passed with little scrutiny by Congress. Perhaps the consequences of banning federal research of gun violence wasn’t fully appreciated then, but the effects can be seen today. We have not been able to address this problem in any meaningful way because we lack reliable data.
Since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, a staggering 430 lives have been taken as a result of school shootings. In every other area of public health we conduct research on how to prevent and diminish human deaths. The epidemic of gun violence should be treated no differently.”
314 Action is the largest and only resource specifically created for scientists and STEM professionals seeking assistance running for office. 314 Action was founded by members of the STEM community, grassroots supporters and political activists. Formed in July 2016, 314 Action has over 400,000 active members and donors across the United States. 314 Action is concerned that STEM education in the United States is falling further and further behind the rest of the world, that our political leaders continue to deny scientific facts and that Congress fails to fully fund scientific research so we can solve pressing issues. For more information, visit 314action.org