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A protest in August in Washington, D.C. Shawn Thew/epa-EFE

Congress approved $25M in funding for gun safety research. Now what?

In December, Congress approved $25 million in federal funding to study gun safety. The money, to be split evenly between the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be used to examine gun violence from a public health perspective.

"There are, without a doubt, thousands of people who are dead today who would be alive if we had been able to continue to do what we have been able to do for other health problems –– to research the problem," said Garen Wintemute, an emergency physician and director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis.

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