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Senate Dems Urge NIH To Renew Gun Violence Research Funding


A big part of the problem, the senators noted, is the 1996 Dickey Amendment, a law that prohibits the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from funding research “to advocate or promote gun control.” While the amendment doesn’t explicitly ban gun violence research, it’s had a chilling effect. Young researchers have shied away from a tenuously funded field of study, and publications about gun violence declined 64 percent from 1998 to 2012.  


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