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Recently, Representative Tony Cardenas brought an amendment to an existing mental health bill which sought to permit CDC-funded grants for gun research. This amendment was not passed.

1.) Write Rep. Cardenas to thank him for his efforts to refund gun research, and urge him to continue pushing other lawmakers to repeal the Dickey amendment.9612 Van Nuys Blvd.
Suite 201
Panorama City, CA 91402

Example letter:

Dear Representative Cardenas,

My name is ______, and I am from ______. I recently learned of the amendment you brought to the House Energy and Commerce Committee concerning the CDC’s funding of gun research. I am concerned with the rise in casualties due to gun violence, and I believe research is vital if we are to find effective solutions for these issues. I am grateful that you are standing up for this issue, and I hope you will continue fighting to repeal the Dickey Amendment.

Respectfully,

____ (on behalf of Youth Write Now)

 

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If your representative supports gun control, urge him or her to focus on funding research:

Example:

Dear _____,

My name is ____ and I am from _____. I am writing about the topic of gun control. I appreciate that you are concerned for the safety of Americans, and I agree that the issue of gun violence must be addressed. However, I am concerned with the hard line many are taking on this issue. First, there is very little funding for gun violence research, and I think this should be our priority. We cannot draft effective solutions without good data.  I fear that some may not vote to repeal obstructive laws like the Dickey Amendment if they believe the end goal is to simply take away people’s guns. If we are to win this debate in the long run, we must seek a bipartisan approach. I hope you will work to prevent the topic of gun safety from dividing our country, and that you will instead direct your energy to research.

Respectfully,

_____ (on behalf of Youth Write Now)

 

If your representative opposes gun control, urge him or her to search for a bipartisan support to gun safety through research.

Example:

Dear _____,

My name is____ and I am from _____. While the solutions to gun violence are widely controversial, I hope we can all agree that gun casualties are rising. I believe it is your duty as our representative to protect our safely. However, there is little research into this issue, and so it is unclear how to best prevent tragedies such as the Las Vegas shooting. I hope representatives on both sides of the debate can come together to find bipartisan solutions, and the only way to do this is to educate ourselves on the subject. Unfortunately, laws like the Dickey and Tiahrt Amendments obstruct government-funded research. I hope you will support research by looking to repeal these amendments. I urge you to look at them as a way to defend your constituents, and not a play to take away our guns. I am hopeful that this can lead to solutions that do not further divide our country.

Respectfully,

_____ (on behalf of Youth Write Now)

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