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Since the 1996 Dickey Amendment, the CDC has been forbidden to research the public health epidemic of #GunViolence in the United States. Lucky for you, I don’t work for the CDC but am a scientist who recently spent some time gathering evidence from publicly available information.
Listen: one of the coolest things about the United States is that it serves as a natural experiment. We can look at all of the differences among our states to ask and answer meaningful questions.
What every American should be asking themselves right now is this: what is the evidence that guns are not the problem, that good people with guns stop bad people with guns, or that gun control doesn’t work?
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As an American, as a Texan, as a person of mixed race with an Hispanic family, and as a scientist, I turned my anger and sadness from these weekend’s mass shootings into an opportunity to take a closer look into the public health epidemic of #GunViolence in the United States.
A diverse melting pot of people and ideas, our country sets the stage for a natural experiment across state lines in which we can use the variation across states to actually test ideas and hypotheses, including the effects of guns and gun laws on gun violence.
Common assertions are that guns do not cause violence, people do; the way to stop bad people with guns is good people with guns; and strict gun laws are ineffective at stopping gun violence because people will find a way to get them.
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