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Alert: Support Public Health Research
Note: The CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - works to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.
Yesterday in our 6th day of #12DaysOfAction - " Write an Op-Ed" - we discussed how opinions shape conversation. So when we learned of our current administration's ploy to manipulate the conversation by forbidding the use of important words such as “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, we saw a red flag that warns us how our own American leadership is making vicious efforts to censor one of our most important public health institutions in this country.

This is a true abuse of leadership to control the conversation, making an attempt to move away from science, and promote ignorance to gain power over our trusted medical experts and the American public at large. 

We urge you to SIGN THIS PETITION to demand that the censorship end immediately. Words matter.
URGENT
ACTION 2: LIFT THE BAN ON THE CDC TO STUDY GUN VIOLENCE!
Forbidding the use of specific words and phrases isn't the first time there has been an attempt to manipulate the public health conversation.

Gun violence is a public health crisis, taking the lives of more than 33,000 people in America each year. Yet there is a ban on research and studies of gun violence that disallows the CDC to collect vital empirical data that could save thousands of lives.

The Dickey Amendment, which enables the ban on gun violence research, is a provision first inserted as a rider into the 1996 federal government omnibus spending bill which mandated that "none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be used to advocate or promote gun control."

The amendment was introduced after lobbying by the National Rifle Association in response to their perceived bias in a 1993 study that found that guns in the home were associated with an increased risk of homicide in the home, as well as other CDC funded studies and efforts.

Because of this ban, the CDC has very limited resources in which to conduct comprehensive studies. Learn more about why the ban on gun violence research is a public health issue, why doctors continue to condemn it, and what you can do about it. Even former Rep. Jay Dickey, the Republican congressman from Arkansas who authored the amendment, has regrets about it.

As Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said in response to another vital petition urging Congress to stop blocking gun violence research following the Las Vegas massacre, "The CDC must be allowed to study gun deaths just as they study any other cause of death in this country."

Tell Congress to end the ban and to appropriate funds to allow the CDC to conduct this crucial research. 

Today's Actions

  1. Don't censor the CDC [sign petition]
  2. Stop blocking gun violence research [sign petition]
  3. Write an Op-Ed
  4. Call your lawmakers
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The mission of The ENOUGH Campaign is to protect our families and our country as we advocate for more public awareness on the issues of gun violence prevention in America. Through legislative advocacy and community education, we champion stronger gun laws and aim to transform public perceptions of gun safety.
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