Why the CDC Still Isn’t Researching Gun Violence

Jeffrey Swanson, Duke University January 16, 2015

The CDC has avoided firearm research since 1996, despite the ban bring lifted two years ago after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Jeffrey Swan says younger researchers got the message: Studying firearms was not a way to attract vital grant funding. It was a field without a future. “I’m trying to be optimistic,” Swanson said. But, he said, the CDC needs to stop being terrified of gun research.

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