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Gun Control Agenda Is a Call to Duty for Scientists

Science  25 Jan 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6118, pp. 381-382
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6118.381

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Obama directed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies to study the causes and prevention of gun violence—ending a 17-year freeze on CDC-sponsored firearms research. Legislation prohibited CDC and the National Institutes of Health from conducting research that might "advocate or promote gun control." Coupled with a funding cut, the proscription cast a pall over the field. Now, the administration is trying to get a better understanding of the root causes of gun violence