Jay Dickey is a former Republican Congressman and responsible for the 1996 legislation that prevented the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) from researching the relationship between gun ownership and public health.

“I wish we had started the proper research and kept it going all this time,” Dickey told Huffington Post in an interview. “I have regrets.”

“If we had somehow gotten the research going, we could have somehow found a solution to the gun violence without there being any restrictions on the Second Amendment,” said Dick to HuffPo. “We could have used that all these years to develop the equivalent of that little small fence,” referring to the fences erected along highways to try and reduce head-on collisions that have been a large success.

For more about Jay Dickey’s regrets and the need to start gun violence research, read the article from Huffington Post titled: “The Congressman Who Restricted Gun Violence Research Has Regrets.