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'I’m convinced that we must think big and systemically. We must treat gun violence in this country as a public health crisis, because it is. First, we must repeal the N.R.A.-backed Dickey Amendment : which “stripped $2.6 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the precise amount budgeted for a study of the health effects of shootings..This LAW says: None of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”This is a ridiculous, disastrous piece of legislation because it chokes off funding for research on this crisis and ways to stem it. We now propose policy prescriptions largely in an information vacuum....Where the hell are our priorities?'