Washington, DC — Today, Giffords, the gun safety organization founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Captain Mark Kelly, applauded Governor Phil Murphy for committing to fund gun violence research in his New Jersey budget address. Firearm violence research centers are intended to expand the scientific evidence on which to base effective violence prevention efforts.
“The epidemic of gun violence is a major public health problem that continues to impact the lives of Garden State families and communities,” said Nico Bocour, State Legislative Director of Giffords. “Governor Murphy recognizes that there is more that New Jersey can do to continue to be a leader in finding and funding life-saving solutions to gun violence. We applaud him for allocating $2 million in his budget to establish the Center on Gun Violence at a New Jersey institution of higher education. New Jersey lawmakers continue to show Congress and the rest of the country what courage looks like when it comes to addressing gun violence in our country.”
About Gun Violence Research Centers
Gun violence is a public health and public safety crisis, resulting in over 33,000 deaths and 80,000 non-fatal firearm injuries in the United States each year. However, federal funding for firearm violence research through the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been virtually eliminated by Congress since 1996. Thus, there is a major gap in what is known about the causes of firearm violence, the consequences of firearm violence, and the effectiveness of gun violence prevention and intervention strategies. State-funded research can help fill the void left by the federal government and provide support for scientific research upon which effective firearm violence prevention efforts can be based.