Baltimore Sun: Universities step up gun violence research even as federal government shies away
School of Public Health Dean Boris Lushniak is one of several Maryland university leaders who has stepped up to take an active lead in responding to recent gun violence, as reported in The Baltimore Sun.
“In public health, we’re about data,” Dean Lushniak said in the article. “I want to be able to study this issue, to look at it and say, ‘What can we learn about gun violence so that at the end of the day, we can prevent gun violence?’ ”
University of Maryland Baltimore President Jay Perman is also quoted in the article, as is Daniel Webster, director of the gun policy and research center at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. All point to the need for more gun violence research in light of the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is bound by the 1996 Dickey Amendment, which prohibits the CDC from funding research to “advocate or promote gun control.”
The article discusses efforts by the Maryland legislature to counter the lack of federal funding with state initiatives, and a request made by two dozen Maryland legislators for a hearing on the need for increased federal funding for gun control research.