Washington (ABC News) - Congress has reached a spending deal that includes $25 million for gun violence research.
It is the first funding to study gun violence in more than 20 years, according to ABC News.
The money will be split between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent and the National Institutes of Health.
According to ABC News, the allocation is less than the $50 million the House authorized for gun violence and safety research in a budget bill it passed in June, Dr. Mark Rosenberg, who ran the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in the 1990s, called the funding a gesture of historic proportions.
The bill is worth $25 million, with $12.5 million fo the CDC and NIH.
It falls far short of the federal funding that other fields of public health receive. Motor vehicles and firearms kill a similar number of people annually, Rosenberg explained. But unlike firearm deaths, the government invests about $90 million each year in studying vehicle fatalities.
"It's the biggest amount that the federal government has ever put into federal firearms research," Rosenberg noted. "It signals an end to the drought of knowledge about preventing this significant problem."
"Given violence and suicide have a number of causes, the agreement recommends the CDC take a comprehensive approach to studying these underlying causes and evidence-based methods of prevention of injury, including crime prevention," the bill states. The same language is repeated in the bill for the NIH.