Urge Congress to Fund Gun Violence Research
June 11th marks a day of action to advocate for Congress to fund gun violence research. The Office of Government Relations, in partnership with Bishops United Against Gun Violence, is calling on Episcopalians to support this funding.
The House is expected to approve a funding bill that includes $50 million, to be divided between the Centers for Disease Control and National Institute for Health, for studies into all aspects of gun violence and prevention. The legislation faces hurdles as the Senate negotiates internally and then the two chambers negotiate with each other – your Senators need to hear that you want this funding defended!
Our work with Bishops United Against Gun Violence furthers the General Convention’s call for the nation to approach and study gun violence as a public health crisis. In February, Bishops United Against Gun Violence and the Office of Government Relations, which produces the Episcopal Public Policy Network, spent a day meeting with members of the House, Senate and congressional leadership to advocate for gun safety and funding for studies.
This funding would help accomplish one small and proactive part of our legislative agenda to reduce gun violence. We urge you to read more about Bishops United Against Gun Violence’s legislative agenda here and check out their prayers and other liturgical resources here.
Join us in calling on the Senate to provide funding to research gun violence!