Seven Democrats from U.S. House of Representatives Democrats – including U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C. – sent House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., a letter Wednesday, requesting he take up legislation to repeal the Dickey Amendment, which the representatives argued hindered gun violence research.
The Dickey Amendment, a rider written into a 1996 omnibus bill, prohibited funds available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from being used to advocate or promote gun control.
The letter mentioned the late U.S. Rep. Jay Dickey, the author the amendment is named for, who had expressed his regret for the effect his amendment had.
It mentioned the comments from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and House Judiciary chairperson Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. Azar said the ability to conduct research on causes of violence and tragedies is a priority. Goodlatte said he didn’t think it’s inappropriate to look at the amendment.
In the letter, the representatives said they agreed with Azar and Goodlatte, stating research on gun violence is one important way to help reduce the incidence of gun violence and unnecessary deaths of school children and all Americans.