Limits on gun research hamper efforts to combat gun deaths
On average, one American child or teenager is killed or injured every day in an accidental shooting. The most common victims are ages 3 or 16. And the shootings happen most frequently in their own homes.
Yet for the most part, such government research doesn’t exist.
Those details were amassed by reporters from The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network. The news organizations analyzed information gathered over the past 2½ years by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit that is trying to capture details about every shooting in America.
Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, said among the questions he and others can address through government research: Can handguns be made safer or even made child-proof? What are the most effective ways to keep guns out of their hands? What are the most reliable ways to safely store firearms?