Panel Issues Suggestions For Research On Gun Violence.

The New York Times (6/6, A17, Tavernise, Subscription Publication) reports that a panel of experts assembled by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council at President Obama’s request after the school shooting in Newton, Connecticut delivered an “ambitious set of priorities” for the government to obtain “better data on guns.” There is currently no national figure regarding the number of guns that are in the country, and researchers often do not have access to data from law enforcement agencies regarding “data on specific games,” although they only track guns used in crimes. The experts said because “Basic information about gun possession, distribution, ownership, acquisition and storage is lacking,” it makes it “virtually impossible to answer fundamental questions” about how to establish programs to reduce gun violence.

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— “Panel Says Better Data Is Needed on Gun Issues, “Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times, June 05, 2013.

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