Lim­its on gun re­search ham­per ef­forts to com­bat gun deaths

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

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?

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