March 22, 2018
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314 Action Releases Statement on Provision Allowing the CDC to Study Gun Violence After 20+ Years

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, Shaughnessy Naughton, President of 314 Action released the following statement on a partial reverse of the Dickey Amendment to be voted on Friday:
“The CDC should have never been banned from studying gun violence. When faced with public health crises in the past--including traffic fatalities and the early days of the AIDS epidemic--we have let scientists do the research and offer solutions. The gun violence crisis should be no different, and I am hopeful that today’s news will help to reduce gun-related deaths by giving us better understanding of the underlying problem. More than 2.5 million Americans have been shot since passage of the Dickey Amendment, and today is the first step toward confronting the issue. We will continue to push for a full repeal, but this news is welcomed evidence that the voices of the more than 250,000 people who signed our petition have been heard.”
314 Action has collected more than 250,000 signatures in support of repealing the Dickey Amendment. The hub of this campaign is located at repealDickey.com
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