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A Ghastly Ritual Repeats Itself - NYTimes.com

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The notion that the world is more dangerous than it used to be and you can be kept safe only with more guns is a linchpin of the N.R.A. argument :" But, according to the report from the Institute of Medicine.. there were about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008. However, the estimated range of defensive uses of firearms ranged from 108,000 to more than three million. The National Institutes of Health granted only three major research awards to study the epidemic. By comparison, there were just 400 cases of cholera in America during that period, but the N.I.H. awarded 212 major research awards to study the disease. Congress discourages serious study of this issue."The Appropriations Act governing NIH and CDC funding states: "None of the funds made available in this title may be used, in whole or in part, to advocate or promote gun control.' "

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