Thursday, February 22 - Tell MoC to Remove the Dickey Amendment / Volunteer with Indivisible Chicago

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Tell MoC to Remove the Dickey Amendment

For nearly 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been subject to a ban on funding to study gun violence. In 1996, the National Rifle Association (NRA) convinced Rep. Jay Dickey (R-AR) to insert language into an omnibus spending bill to prohibit the CDC from using any of their injury prevention funding for research that "advocate[s] or promote[s] gun control".

The so-called Dickey Amendment has appeared in every subsequent appropriations bill for almost 20 years and suppressed crucial efforts to study gun violence and how to reduce it. The NRA staunchly insists that any gun control research is part of an "anti-gun agenda," but even Rep. Dickey has disputed the NRA's highly politicized characterization of the CDC's scientific research.

As the nation reels from yet another horrific school shooting, this time in Florida, it is long past time for Congress to end the NRA's tyrannical suppression of essential public health research. Urge your representatives to end the Dickey Amendment today.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your House rep’s contact info

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible Chicago. I’m calling today to express great concern that the profit-motivated NRA is still preventing the CDC from conducting gun violence prevention research. As an independent scientific agency, the CDC must be permitted to study how gun violence affects Americans and how to decrease this violence. {PERSON} must demand the removal of the Dickey Amendment from the next omnibus spending bill. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.


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