Rep. Carolyn Maloney

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Rep. Carolyn Maloney: CDC Should Be Allowed To Research Gun Violence

May 20, 2018 - 3:02 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- There is one thing the federal government could be doing right now to help end gun violence, but it is not doing so, according to U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York).

As WCBS 880’s Ethan Harp reported, Maloney is demanding that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention start researching gun violence. Such research has been effectively banned for the past two decades, until President Donald Trump signed the Omnibus Spending Bill in March.

“We research diseases, we research food, we research ways to make cars safer,” Maloney said. “Why can’t we research ways to make guns safer?”

Maloney said despite assurances months ago from Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, nothing has changed. She wrote a letter this past week, calling on government to get moving.

“Ninety percent, according to polls, of people in America, support gun safety research,” Maloney said.

Maloney said her efforts to direct funding to that work have been blocked by the Republican majority in Congress. But she also believes the CDC has enough money to know how to start its research.

Maloney’s marks on Saturday came a day after a shooting left 10 people dead and wounded more than a dozen others at Santa Fe High School in Texas.

Eight of the 10 victims who were slain were students – identified as Sabika Sheikh, Kimberly Vaughan, Shana Fisher, Angelique Ramirez, Christian Riley Garcia, Jared Black, Christopher Jake Stone, and Aaron Kyle McLeod.

The other two, Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale, were teachers.

The suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, of Santa Fe, is being held without bond on a capital murder charge in the Galveston County jail.