Why Our Government Cannot Study Gun Violence: The Dickey Amendment

In 1993, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that guns in the home were associated with an increased risk of homicide in the home. These findings led the National Rifle Association to lobby Congress to discontinue funding for such studies. They ran an article in their official journal, The American Rifleman, asking their members to protest the Center for Disease Control’s use of tax dollars to “conduct anti-gun pseudo-scientific studies disguised as research.” The NRA also asked the National Institute of Health’s Office of Scientific Integrity to investigate the authors of the study, but the organization declined. The NRA has refered to the CDC as “a cesspool of junk science.”

Congressman Jay Dickey, Republican from Arkansas

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