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The Knowledge Gap
The agency faces the same obstacles as the CDC, but has funded two substantial gun violence studies since the Sandy Hook massacre.
Doctors call on lawmakers to "end the dramatic chilling effect” of a law seen as curbing almost all CDC firearm studies.
“There is nothing stopping them from addressing this life-and-death national problem.”
Researchers found FBI and CDC databases drastically undercounted the number of fatal police shootings.
Some skeptics attribute suicide trends to variables other than the availability of firearms. Fresh research from the Harvard School of Public Health and Northeastern University may put the debate to rest.
A new study concludes that intervention efforts that give participants equipment to properly store their firearms show the most promise.
And 100 percent of them are wrong.
The Business of Guns
The author of the study sees the finding as encouraging news for smart gun makers.
Americans account for 82 percent of all gun deaths among 23 high-income countries.
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"My conscience wasn't doing well," says Jay Dickey, who adds that he never intended his budget amendment to prohibit the CDC from studying firearm deaths and injuries.
But the agency did it while avoiding actually studying guns' role in the violence it was researching — a line it is still at pains not to cross.
"They’ll ask about my family... about how I protect myself, details about my home."
Q & A
"If you save someone's life from a suicide attempt," says Georgetown professor Liza Gold, "there's a very good chance that you really are permanently saving their life."
As the need for firearms data grows, David Hemenway and his team at the Injury Control Research Center find themselves pinching pennies.
The results of a major survey of firearms owners corroborate a hotly contested statistic.