Gun control advocates gathered at the steps of City Hall Saturday to call on President Barack Obama to put federal money towards stopping gun violence.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney is encouraging the president to include $10 million in funding for gun violence research in his 2015 budget.
Last year, Obama lifted a 17-year ban on federal funding for such research.
Maloney and Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey sent a letter to the president earlier this week making their case.
"This modest $10 million request is an investment in critical public health research, and it is small in comparison to these shocking costs of gun violence," Maloney said.
Maloney pointed out a study by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, which found that gun violence cost the U.S. more than $170 billion in 2010 alone.