McDuffie Introduces Legislation to Create a State-of-the-Art Research Center to Address Root Causes of Firearm Violence in the District
The “Center for Firearm Violence Prevention Research Establishment Act of 2019” would establish the Center for Firearm Violence Prevention and Research (Center) in the District of Columbia. The Center would address the nature and impacts of firearm violence on individuals and communities. The Center, modeled after the successful California-based Firearm Violence Research Center, would be housed at an academic research institution in the District and would be required to produce a report every three years on grants made, pending grants, program accomplishments, and the future direction of the program.
“As of this morning, there have been 20 homicides in the District of Columbia, a 54% increase over this same time last year,” Councilmember McDuffie said upon introduction of the legislation, “This is unacceptable. I’ve had many conversations with residents about the violence taking place across communities. We talked about their grief, fear, and feelings of helplessness. Violent crime is a public health crisis and we need a holistic, evidence-based approach grounded in research to combat this issue.”