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Eshoo Holds Field Hearing in Chicago on the Public Health Threat of Gun Violence

October 3rd, 2019

CHICAGO, IL—Today, Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) held the very first bipartisan hearing on gun violence as a public health issue in Chicago, Illinois.

To watch Chairwoman Eshoo’s opening statement, click HERE.

“We’re here to treat American gun violence for what it is – an epidemic, and to treat an epidemic, we must study it, understand what works to prevent it, and learn how to treat the trauma caused by it,” Rep. Eshoo said. “But today’s hearing will not be enough to stop the daily violence. We need to provide money for public health research. I’m proud the House voted to provide $50 million for gun violence research at the CDC and NIH. The Senate needs to do the same.”

The Subcommittee convened medical experts, city officials, and the families of victims to examine gun violence as a public health threat and to explore tangible solutions to better protect communities from the scourge of gun violence. 100 Americans are killed on average by a firearm every day. In 2017, the most recent year for which complete data are available, 39,773 people died from gun-related injuries. Gun violence is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, yet very little public research has been conducted to study the public health effects of gun violence, especially when compared to other leading causes of death. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), funding instability has limited firearm research throughout the research community.

The bipartisan hearing was held in Rep. Bobby Rush’s (IL-01) Congressional District, with nine Members of Congress attending, including six Members of the Illinois Delegation: Rep. Bobby Rush (IL-01), Rep. Robin Kelly (IL-02), Rep. Jesus Chuy Garcia (IL-04), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16).

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