FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2021
Alyson Malinger, West End Strategy Team
Gun Violence Prevention Experts Call on Senate to Pass Build Back Better with Community Violence Intervention Funding Intact
Experts celebrate House passage of funding that would reduce gun violence in communities across the country
WASHINGTON — The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence praised House passage of the Build Back Better Act today, which included $5 billion in funding for community violence intervention, and called for the Senate to act quickly to pass the bill with the funding intact.
Spencer Cantrell, Director of Federal Affairs at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence said:
“Today the House passed what would be the largest-ever federal infusion of funding for community violence intervention, a proven policy that will reduce gun violence across the country. We call on the Senate to act quickly and pass the Build Back Better Act with this gun violence prevention funding intact.
Ari Davis, Senior Policy Analyst at the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence said:
“These programs are already creating change on the grassroots level to increase community safety and are proven methods using the public health approach to reduce gun violence. Community-based violence intervention and prevention programs bring together community members, social service providers and, in some cases, law enforcement to identify and provide support for individuals at the highest risk for gun violence.
“The inclusion of this funding is the result of the strong advocacy and leadership of Black and Brown gun violence prevention leaders and coalitions including the Invest in Us Coalition, which works on behalf of people who live with the effects of gun violence in their communities.”
About the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence
The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence (EFSGV) develops and advocates for evidence-based solutions to reduce gun injury and death in all its forms. EFSGV uses a public health and equity lens to identify and implement evidence-based policy solutions and programs to reduce gun violence in all its forms and to make gun violence rare and abnormal. EFSGV is the gun violence prevention movement’s premier research intermediary and founder of the Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, a group of academics and practitioners who collaborate to develop innovative recommendations for policymakers.