This is a clear sign that the NRA is losing its grip on Washington.
Courtesy of The Hill:
Federal agencies will receive $25 million from Congress to study gun violence in a government spending deal reached by House and Senate negotiators — a major win for Democrats who have long pushed for dedicated funding to research the issue, a source told The Hill.
“Democrats have broken the ban on funding for the first time in decades,” the source said.
The deal includes $12.5 million each for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health to study gun violence and ways to prevent it.
It’s the first time in more than 20 years that Congress has appropriated money for gun violence research.
“Taking action should never have taken more than 20 years,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who helped secure the funding.
“The significance of this achievement cannot be understated, and it follows on the progress we made earlier this year by holding the first hearing on gun violence research in more than two decades.”
In 1996 the NRA pushed for the passage of the Dickey Amendment which forbade the use of government funds to advocate for gun control.
Though that amentment does not specifically stop funding for research that is the way it ultimately played out for the last two decades.
The NRA has long feared that federal research would determine that there was a dire need for stricter gun control, and they are undoubtedly correct about that.
Personally I have no idea why there needs to be federal research to determine that there is a dire need for stricter gun control. Don’t these people watch the news?
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) December 16, 2019
So now with this funding gun control advocates will have a solid scientific basis to push for stricter background check laws, bans on military-style weaponry, and tightened laws surrounding gun ownwership by those convicted of domestic abuse or with significant mental health issues.
So yeah, it is likely going to do everything that the NRA feared it would do.
Deal with it.