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Letter: Gun research

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In response to the July 23 letter to the editor titled “Gun law logic,” The Post and Courier is definitely not responsible for the lack of gun violence research.

In the 1990s, the NRA began lobbying Congress to cut Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding for gun violence research and finally succeeded in doing so in 1996.

Known as the “Dickey Amendment” (named for Rep. Jay Dickey, R-Ark.), the legislation didn’t outright ban gun violence research but made it clear that the CDC risked losing all its funding if it conducted research unacceptable to the NRA’s agenda.

For 20 years, NRA leadership has advanced policies obstructing legitimate analysis of gun violence and its causes. As a consequence, CDC funding for gun violence research dropped from $2.7 million in 1996 to barely $100,000 in 2012.

I challenge readers to go online and “follow the money” (campaign contributions) to learn which members of Congress are being paid by the NRA to continue obstructing gun violence research in America.

Mary Erler

Wellesley Circle

Mount Pleasant

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