A Young Scientist Compared Gun Deaths to Other Leading Causes, and Found a Billion Dollar Research Deficit
How David Stark put a number to the knowledge gap surrounding fatal shootings.
But they say “we shouldn’t kid ourselves” that the $3 million in Justice Department grants are enough to close a yawning knowledge gap.
Firearms are far and away the leading cause of death.
It’s the latest example of the agency’s reluctance to engage with shootings as a public health crisis.
Smart guns hold promise, but firearms makers could implement these proven safety features right now.
In Mississippi and Louisiana, fatal shootings are three times as common as in the U.S. as a whole.
But the way the agency packaged the data obscures that trendline.
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.”
"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.