Last month, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said during an interview that gun violence in the United States had become an epidemic and that it was time for the federal government to treat it as such.

“Something has to be done about this,” Walensky said in an exclusive interview with CNN that was published in late August. “Now is the time — it’s pedal to the metal time.

“The scope of the problem is just bigger than we’re even hearing about, and when your heart wrenches every day you turn on the news, you’re only hearing the tip of the iceberg,” Walensky noted further. “We haven’t spent the time, energy, and frankly the resources to understand this problem because it’s been so divided.”