AMA Demands Congress Lift Ban On Gun Research

In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, the nation’s leading medical society voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end two years of debate over its stance on gun violence research and called on Congress to lift the decades-old ban on federal funding.

Delegates at the American Medical Association annual meeting in Chicago voted in favor of a resolution calling for the organization to declare gun violence as a public health issue and to employ a “public health response” to address the problem.

Supporters of the proposal said applying a public health approach to gun violence requires ending a de facto ban implemented by Congress in 1996 that prevents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from funding research on gun violence.

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