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AMA calls for end to ban on gun violence research

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3529 (Published 23 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3529
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

The American Medical Association, whose annual meeting declared gun violence in the United States a public health emergency earlier this month, will lend its formidable lobbying arm to efforts to overturn a congressional ban on government sponsored epidemiological research into factors behind gun deaths.

“An epidemiological analysis of gun violence is vital so physicians and other health providers, law enforcement, and society at large may be able to prevent injury, death, and other harms to society resulting from firearms,” said the association’s president, Steven Stack, in a statement.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention used to carry out research into gun violence but stopped in 1996, when the …

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