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Obama Directs Federal Agencies to Research Gun Violence

As part of the sweeping program to curb gun violence that President Barack Obama announced on 16 January, he issued a Presidential memorandum calling on federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to study both the causes of gun injuries and ways to prevent them. With this action, he lifted the ban on such research that Congress established with the encouragement of the National Rifle Association.  He also urged Congress to provide $10 million to fund the studies.


“We don’t benefit from ignorance.  We don’t benefit from not knowing the
science from this epidemic of violence,” the president said, as quoted
by NBC News
So, after nearly two decades, scientists can resume the effort, well
underway when the ban was imposed, to learn the truth about the role of
gun violence in this country.  As indicated by the letter
that many dozens of researchers in a wide range of fields sent to Vice
President Biden, lots of able scientists are eager to get that work
underway.

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