Cortez Masto, Rosen and Horsford co-sponsor gun violence prevention research

What’s behind the spate of senseless shootings ravaging America and what can be done to prevent it? Those are the questions lawmakers have long wanted studied and answered by the Centers for Disease Control, and another effort to get answers is underway in the nation’s capital.

Three members of Nevada’s delegation are co-sponsors of  a measure introduced last week by Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY,) which would allocate $10 million a year for five years to the CDC for research on the causes and prevention of gun violence.

Gun violence killed just under 40,000 people each year, according to the CDC.

The government’s interpretation of a provision known as the Dickey Amendment has long prevented the CDC from studying data on shootings.  The amendment states “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”

Last year, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testified the amendment does not prevent the CDC from researching violence prevention, clearing the way for the CDC to take up the matter.

“Understanding the nature of gun violence as well as the most effective methods to reduce gun injuries and deaths is essential to implementing smart gun safety measures,” Cortez Masto said in a release.