Two senior House Democrats on Tuesday asked the National Institutes of Health to confirm whether it had discontinued funding for gun research after President Trump was inaugurated.
“We write to express concern about recent press reports that the National Institutes of Health has discontinued the dedicated funding program for gun violence research,” wrote Reps. Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey and Bobby Rush of Illinois.
"While not an explicit ban on gun violence research, it has had a chilling effect on such research for the past 20 years," Pallone and Rush wrote.
NIH in response created an $18 million gun violence research program in 2013.
“This funding was critical because the difficulty in obtaining federal research funding has limited the number of current researchers and the development of the next generation of researchers focused on gun violence prevention,” the congressmen wrote in their letter.