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More research urged to inform gun control policy

As Congress considers new gun control laws in the aftermath of last month’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, there is a perhaps deliberate lack of scientific research to inform such policies, according to Paul Thacker, a former Senate investigator and current fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Ethics.

Thacker, who has also been involved in the non-profit Project on Government Oversight, noted in a Slate.com article that politicians backed by the National Rifle Association attacked researchers for publishing data on firearm research in the 1990s, and a congressional appropriations amendment was passed that stripped $2.6 million in Centers for Disease Control funding for firearm violence research.

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