Author Topic: Physicians Demand End To 20-Year-Old Ban On Gun Violence Research  (Read 692 times)

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Mass shootings, gang violence, domestic abuse, suicide, accidents — gun violence in the United States comes in many forms. And often. In the past week, the country has seen already two mass shootings. Every day, 89 people die because of gun-related violence. Experts estimate guns may soon surpass vehicle accidents to the country’s leading cause of deaths. President Barack Obama has repeatedly urged lawmakers to not make this the “new normal.”

But when it comes to finding solutions to this national problem, there’s a major roadblock standing in the way. It’s been decades since any federally-funded scientific research has been done on the issue.

That’s why members of Congress joined physicians from across the country Wednesday morning to demand an end to the Dickey Amendment, a 20-year-old law banning any federal research on gun violence.

“Gun violence is among the most difficult public health challenges we face as a country, but because of the deeply misguided ban on research, we know very little about it,” said Rep. David Price, vice chair to the House of Representatives’ Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. “Regardless of where we stand in the debate over gun violence, we should all be able to agree that this debate should be informed by objective data and robust scientific research.”


http://thinkprogress.org/health/2015/12/02/3727406/doctors-gun-violence-research/

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Re: Physicians Demand End To 20-Year-Old Ban On Gun Violence Research
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2016, 06:45:11 am »
Good luck with that.  Nearly all Repubs would rebuff such a proposal "on principle"; and likely at least 50% or more of Democrats, especially if they hail from "Red" states/regions (and fearful of appearing soft on gun-ownership rights), would be similarly hostile to any such proposals.
« Last Edit: June 16, 2016, 06:48:56 am by Hypestyle »
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Re: Physicians Demand End To 20-Year-Old Ban On Gun Violence Research
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2016, 10:30:27 am »
It seems to me that gun legislation illustrates more so the disconnect between the public will and the legislature. Even though a majority of Americans are in favor of some gun control measures, Congress shut down even studying the impact of gun violence in the name of the so-called freedom to bear arms. This is clearly an area where the interests of gun makers conveyed via industry association, the NRA, are upheld over the expressed interests of the voting public and even public safety. That is a de facto state of corruption.

I keep hoping the atrocity du jour will somehow force some movement. On the other hand, Congress shrugged when a bunch of little white kids was slaughtered so why would they do otherwise when it's a bunch of gay Latino men?
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Re: Physicians Demand End To 20-Year-Old Ban On Gun Violence Research
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2016, 01:07:15 pm »
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Re: Physicians Demand End To 20-Year-Old Ban On Gun Violence Research
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2016, 02:32:06 pm »
The people who run the CDC want no part of this fight.

If they do a study and the results aren't to the NRA's liking the screams of bias will fill the air amid calls
to cut CDC funding even more.

There are probaby ways to get around the ban, but nobody running the CDC wants any part of trying.

Any study you see from the CDC that came out recently was either commisioned over 10 years ago or has results vague enough to keep the NRA quiet.