Physicians: Restrictions Stymie Gun Violence Research.

In continuing coverage, MedPage Today (12/28, Petrochko) reports, “Restrictions on gun violence research have stymied scientific efforts to find preventive solutions to mass shootings, such as the one in Newtown, Conn., according to physician researchers” writing online in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “The CDC has been stifled by language attached to a House of Representatives appropriations bill in 1996 that said ‘none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the CDC may be used to advocate or promote gun control,’ according to Frederick Rivara, MD, of Seattle Children’s Hospital in Washington, and Arthur Kellermann, MD, of the RAND Corporation in Washington.” A viewpointpublished online in the Archives of Internal Medicine echoed that JAMA article, saying that “answers to questions about private gun ownership and gun injuries and deaths cannot be found without restoring the ability of the CDC and other government agencies to study, and fund studies on, gun-related injuries.”

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— “Gun Research Silenced by Cut in Funds, Docs Say,”Cole Petrochko, MedPage Today, December 27, 2012.

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