Congress approved $25 million in federal funding to study gun violence and safety in December. The amount is considered small when compared to the scope of the issue but is still being celebrated as a watershed moment for gun safety. Robbin Carrol, I Grow Chicago’s founder states that “the research has already been done […] We know communities, and we know which ones do. How do we invest money and get into those communities?”

“When we talk about research, or gun violence in general, we’re talking about it in the sense of numbers. We’re not talking about it in the sense of, that’s my 5-year-old,” Carroll said. “We can do a whole lot of research, but until we want to say ‘We care about you’ .. who we’re choosing to be is to probably have another year of extremely high gun violence.”