Gun Violence: High Mortality Rate, Low Federal Research

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In 1996, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stopped funding gun violence research as a result of the National Rifle Association-backed Dickey Amendment, which prohibits the agency from using federal funds in ways that could be construed to “advocate or promote gun control.” The chilling effects of that amendment, which has been reauthorized by Congress every year since then, are laid bare in a pair of charts published by the Journal of the American Medical Association,

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