Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: Restore CDC funding for firearms and gun violence prevention research
Date of Original Version
The Society for Behavioral Medicine (SBM) urges restoration of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funding for firearms and gun violence prevention research. Gun violence in the United States is an important and costly public health issue in need of research attention. Unfortunately, there have been no concerted CDC-funded research efforts in this area since 1996, due to the passage of the Dickey Amendment. To remedy the information-gathering restrictions caused by the Dickey Amendment bans, it is recommended that Congress remove â € policy riders' on federal appropriations bills that limit firearms research at the CDC; expand NVDRS firearms-related data collection efforts to include all fifty states; fund CDC research on the risk and protective factors of gun use and gun violence prevention; fund research on evidence-based primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and treatment initiatives for communities that are seriously impacted by the effects of gun violence; and support the development of evidence-based policy and prevention recommendations for gun use and ownership.
Translational Behavioral Medicine
Behrman, Pamela, Colleen A. Redding, Sheela Raja, Tamara Newton, Nisha Beharie, and Destiny Printz. "Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) position statement: Restore CDC funding for firearms and gun violence prevention research." Translational Behavioral Medicine 8, 6 (2018): 958-961. doi:10.1093/tbm/ibx040.