Hundreds of mass shootings have torn communities and families apart in the last year alone – a list so long that most of us will never know the names of the locations where they took place or the people whose lives were lost. Gun violence is a a public health crisis that, on average, takes the lives of 100 people in the United States every day.
For more than two decades, Congress has failed to provide dedicated funding for gun violence research. Limiting our understanding of gun violence prevents us from enacting evidence-based policies that will protect our lives and communities.
We need to know what policies and methods work to prevent gun violence by those who would harm themselves or others. Contact your representative today and tell them that we need evidence based policy to combat the gun violence epidemic – and that they need to fund the research we need to craft it.
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