Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin joined with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and other attorneys general to urge Congress to fund research into gun violence.
Healey sent a letter to Congress today seeking direct funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the “causes and prevention of gun-related injuries and death.”
Healey says attorneys general need “evidence-based strategies to combat the epidemic of gun violence,” which she said kills more than 33,000 people each year in the United States.
Healey says federal funding for gun violence research by the CDC has been cut by 96 percent since 1996.
Healey was in Washington, D.C., to discuss Massachusetts’ efforts to combat gun violence.
Besides Hawaii, attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington state and the District of Columbia signed Healey’s letter.