Mass shootings are growing increasingly common in America. Sadly, it is easy for an American to obtain a military grade weapon and commit mass murder. We cannot allow our families to be gunned down because of gaping holes in our gun policies. We need background checks, waiting periods and a coherent and functional system in place to prevent the 12 billion rounds of ammunition and the 300 million guns in America from being used for mechanized slaughter. There is also a strong mental health component to this issue and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) needs to be unleashed on this public health nightmare. I support lifting the Dickey Amendment as a rider to the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Bill so the CDC can research gun violence.