Lift the Ban on Gun Violence Research at the CDC!

This is a moment of rare opportunity. Tell your senators to act now.


Call 1-866-580-8532 today!

When you call, you will hear a message from UCS with short talking points and then be directly connected to your senator's office.

A call script is below to help guide you, as is background on this urgent issue.

We are facing a public health emergency as the death toll from mass shootings and gun violence rise: from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida and Sandy Hook elementary in Connecticut, a concert in Las Vegas, and the Sutherland Springs and Charleston churches, to the countless gun-related deaths and injuries happening in the United States daily. In 2016, the scientific community labeled gun violence a public health crisis and called for a greater public health response including federal research.

We desperately need action on gun violence and prevention, but evidence-based decisions can’t be made because of an anti-science ban on research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Special interest groups like the National Rifle Association have been able to pressure Congress to ban federally funded research in the federal budget. 

But we have a rare opportunity to demand that Congress end the ban on gun violence research. Right now, Congress is debating a spending bill which unfortunately includes the gun research ban as an unrelated additional provision, or “budget rider.”

That’s why we need you to take action right now: Call your senators today and urge them to lift the ban on gun violence research at the CDC today! 

People across the country–school children, the Movement for Black Lives, and others–have been demanding Congress act to end the rising cost of to our health and safety and Congress is feeling the pressure.

Using the federal budget process to gut our health and safety protections is unacceptable, and this anti-science addition to the budget is a prime example of the cost to our safety. But Congress is working right now to put the finishing touches on its spending bill, which means that now is the perfect time to ask your senators to lift the ban on gun violence research at the CDC.  

Call 1-866-580-8532 to speak with your senators!

After you speak to one senator, you can dial a second time to be connected to your other senator and ensure that both are hearing that their constituents loudly oppose the ban on gun violence research at the CDC!

Call-in scripts are below to help guide you. You can also learn more about how to have a successful call and can use these state-by-state fact sheets to show how the standards have benefited your state.

Call-in script

Hi, my name is ______, and I’m calling from [town/city]. 

I’m calling to express my strong opposition to the budget rider that bans the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching gun violence. 

With deaths and injuries mounting from gun violence in our schools and communities, we need the federal government to study this problem and offer effective, evidence-based solutions to this crisis.

Putting our public dollars behind this problem is critical – we cannot continue to offer only thoughts and prayers, we must act. 

I urge [Senator X] to remove the anti-science rider that prevents the CDC from conducting research on gun violence from the spending bill. 

Thank you for your time.

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The more times they hear from you, the clearer the message: Congress must put health and safety first and remove the CDC gun research ban.

Additional resources

You can learn more about the ways the National Rifle Association has stymied progress on gun safetywhat CDC staff are saying about the political interference that prohibits them from studying the subject, and how Congress can act now to protect the public.

For more, see our blog post, the Disturbing Facts of Gun Violence Research in the US.