Take Action Against Gun Violence Campaign
By Kealy Costigan ’19, Vote Everywhere Ambassador
The Center for Community Action and Research and Vote Everywhere at Pace is launching a take action on gun violence campaign. The CCAR and Vote Everywhere will be partnering with student organizations to raise awareness on campus about the gun violence that is plaguing the United States. The goal of this campaign is to petition New York Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Representative Nadler, encouraging them to take action on gun violence and repeal the Dickey Amendment. David Le ‘19, a former CCAR Student Volunteer & Advocacy Projects Coordinator, wrote a thoughtful opinion piece on this issue.
The Dickey Amendment is a provision that was added to United States spending bills in 1996. The amendment states, “[n]one 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.” Prior to the Dickey amendment the CDC could research firearms and violence. The Dickey Amendment was introduced by the National Rifle Association to politicians through intense lobbying, until it was passed in Congress. Repealing the Dickey amendment would allow for the CDC to research gun violence and share the data and its effects on public health and communities. Repealing the Dickey amendment would not have any effect on the second amendment and the right to bear arms.
Gun violence is an epidemic plaguing the United States. The statistics show that this is an intersectional crisis. Gun violence disproportionately affects vulnerable, including:
- “Black Americans represent the majority of homicide victims.”
- “2017 was the deadliest year on record for the LGBTQ+ community.”
- “Women in the U.S are 16 times more likely to be killed with a gun than women in other high income countries.”
- “Access to a gun increases the risk of death by suicide by three times.”
Interested in making a difference? The CCAR has activist kits ready for students who want to get involved. Student leaders from organizations who would like to co sponsor the campaign are encouraged to contact the CCAR on how to do so.
The statistics from this post and our poster campaign came from:
Everytown Research, Gun Violence in America
Everytown Research, Disarm Hate
For more information on gun violence, check out these articles:
Gun Violence is a human rights issue
The Gun Violence Epidemic in America
The Economic Impact of Gun Violence
What do doctors think of gun violence?
History of the Dickey Amendment from the American Psychological Association