Christine Laine, MD, MPH; Darren B. Taichman, MD, PhD
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Laine C, Taichman DB. Reducing Firearm-Related Harms. Ann Intern Med. 2015;163:325-326. doi: 10.7326/L15-5125-2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2015;163(4):325-326.
Dr. Jessee cites several sources that support his views about restrictions on firearms research and the effectiveness of strategies to reduce firearm violence. Figures 2 and 3 of the Crime Prevention Research Center report to which he refers do not show that published articles about firearms decreased after the 1996 and 2011 restrictions on the use of government funding for firearms research (1). However, Figure 1 of that report shows an increase from approximately 3 firearms articles per 10 000 medical journal articles in 1985 to 15 per 10 000 articles in 1996 when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's restrictions were instituted and a subsequent decline to 5 per 10 000 articles by 2011.
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