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Bold Plan, Uncertain Future for Gun Violence Research

Science  14 Jun 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6138, pp. 1273
DOI: 10.1126/science.340.6138.1273

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The United States, with more than 30,000 firearms-related deaths per year, has the highest casualty rate for gun violence in the industrialized world. But for nearly 2 decades, gun fanciers have blocked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from studying the bloodletting as a public health issue. Now, a report from the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine outlines a broad public health strategy for investigating gun violence. One key impediment, according to experts, is the lack of basic data about the distribution of guns. Another is the dearth of funding for such research.

  • * With reporting by Emily Underwood.