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What We Don't Know Is Killing Us - NYTimes.com

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This series looks at the epidemic of violence and explores possible solutions. The gun lobby has "effectively shut down government-financed research on gun violence for 17 years. Research on guns is crucial to any long-term effort to reduce death from guns"..."Public health research emphasizes prevention of death, disability and injury. It focuses not only on the gun user, but on the gun, in much the same way that public health efforts to reduce motor vehicle deaths have long focused on both drivers and cars.
" ... by the early 1990s, C.D.C. gun research "contradicted N.R.A. ideology" and found "that people living in a home with a gun were not safer; they faced a significantly elevated risk of homicide and suicide.. Mortality rates from almost every major cause of death have declined drastically over the past half century. the homicide rate is almost exactly the same as it was in 1950"

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