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Congress Still Limits Health Research On Gun Violence

Dec 8, 2015

Mass shootings and police shootings have spurred calls for authorities to take action to reduce the violence. But policymakers may be stymied by the dearth of public health research into both gun violence and deaths that involve the police. One big obstacle: congressional restrictions on funding of such research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Right now, the CDC studies all kinds of violence. There's a program on child abuse and youth violence, and the public health agency collects data on suicides and sexual assaults.

Headlines day after the December 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
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Bills in the House and Senate to expand funding for mental health care are attracting bipartisan support as a result of the spate of high-profile shootings this summer, according to a recent article in Politico.  But Yale University psychiatrist Matthew Goldenberg says mental health professional are ill equipped to pick out bad actors before they strike. Goldenberg explains his view in a recent Los Angeles Times editorial.

The killings of two journalists in Virginia last week have reignited a national conversation on mass shootings and gun control.

No one wants dangerous people with dangerous guns, but different parties point in different directions when it comes to laying the blame for gun violence or proposing appropriate policies moving forward.

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States with higher rates of gun ownership are more dangerous to police officers, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Despite their training and protective gear, law enforcement officers still get killed, mostly with guns. The authors of the study found that gun ownership in a given state seems to be an important risk factor: States with high rates of gun ownership had three times the rate of officer homicides than low-gun states.  

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