Responsible gun ownership and reducing gun violence begin with all of us working together.
All of us, gun owners and supporters, must speak out to support common sense measures to reduce gun violence
Gun Owners For Responsible Ownership is part of a coalition of organizations and individuals united in our commitment to make Oregon safer by keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous individuals.
We agree that gun violence is a growing public health problem with over 30,000 Americans killed in a year. We agree with many medical and public health organizations that we need good, solid research into the causes and preventative tools to address gun violence – just as we would any other major public health issue.
However, the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many private foundations have shied away from researching firearms and gun violence ever since 1996, when Congress passed a bill that forbade the CDC from funding research “to promote gun control”. The result was to chill even basic research into the causes of gun violence let alone what measures could work to reduce it.
Since that time even the Congressman who sponsored the bill restricting research has said it has been incorrectly interpreted and was a mistake. We join with the American Medical Association, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Oregon Public Health Association in calling for resuming research on this vital public health issue..
We invite individuals and organizations from all sectors of society to join us by signing this petition:
"We, the undersigned, urge Congress and the CDC to fund research into the causes of gun violence and what can be done to reduce the impacts on our communities.”