On June 11th, hundreds of doctors, nurses, students and other healthcare providers, gun owners and non gun owners, Democrats, Republicans and Independents will rally outside the Capitol Building in order to push Congress to advance Firearms Injury Prevention Research. We can make a difference—please join us.
When and where will it be held?
June 11th, 2019, 11am–12pm
House Triangle (outside the Capitol Building), Washington, D.C.
Near the corner of Independence Ave SE and New Jersey Ave SE (directly off Southeast Dr)
You cannot drive to the Capitol, and parking is difficult to find. Recommended transit directions: take the Metro to Capitol South (map).
Why are we doing this?
Last year close to 40,000 Americans, including more than 3000 children, died from firearms injuries.
These deaths don’t happen at random. We know we can prevent gun injuries through public health research and action. Lobbyists and special interest groups in Washington are pressuring lawmakers to quash bills supporting research to protect our patients from preventable injury and death.
What can I do to prepare?
Inform yourself. Check out these resources from the Giffords Advocacy Toolkit.
Fact Sheet: Gun Violence Research
This two-page fact sheet from Giffords and CAP detail why funding for federal research into gun violence is imperative.
Fact Sheet: Funding Federal Gun Violence Research
This fact sheet from Giffords walks through the history of gun violence research in America, including the Dickey Amendment, the two decade deficit of gun violence research, and a proposed solution to move forward.
Press Release: Giffords Applauds Congressional Majority for Including Funding for Gun Violence Research in Appropriations Bill
At the end of April, the House Appropriations Committee announced that the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2020 bill contains $50 million for dedicated research to address America’s gun violence crisis.
Blog Post: The House Held a Hearing on Gun Violence Research. That’s Big News.
This blog post from Giffords outlines why Congress taking action to fund gun violence research is so important—and such a big deal.
Included in the toolkit are instructions on how to contact your local representatives.