Sen. Markey Pushes For $60M for CDC to Study 'Epidemic of Gun Violence'

By Eric Scheiner | June 8, 2015 | 3:02 PM EDT

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) (AP Photo)

( - Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to authorize $60 million in taxpayer money to go to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) for research on gun violence prevention.

The measure, introduced last week, would give $10 million a year “for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2021 for the purpose of conducting or supporting research on firearms safety or gun violence prevention under the Public Health Service Act.”

“The epidemic of gun violence in America is not preordained, it is preventable,” Senator Edward Markey (D-Mass.) says in a press release. “In the 21st century, we should use research and advances in technology to our advantage and save lives from tragic and needless gun violence.”

“Some would have us believe that the laws currently on the books are sufficient to address the tens of thousands of gun related deaths that occur each year,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.). “A few extremists even oppose basic public health research to help us understand why gun violence has reached epidemic proportions.”

CDC Building (CDC Photo)

According to the CDC online self-study course in Epidemiology, “Epidemic refers to an increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of a disease above what is normally expected in that population in that area.”

The course later notes, “the previous description of epidemics presumes only infectious agents, but non-infectious diseases such as diabetes and obesity exist in epidemic proportion in the U.S.”

Earlier this year President Obama included $10 million for gun violence research in the Department of Health and Human Services Fiscal Year 2016 budget request.

Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Christopher Murphy (D-Conn.), Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) are listed as co-sponsors of the Senate bill calling for the CDC research funding to study gun violence.

Eric Scheiner
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