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Opinion: It’s time to lift restrictions on studying gun violence and its prevention

When a fatal disease becomes increasingly common, scientists study how it spreads and how to prevent it. We should be doing the same thing with gun violence and mass shootings.
Fifty-eight white crosses for the victims the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, one of the deadliest mass shooting events in U.S. history.

When a fatal disease becomes increasingly common, scientists along with public health and government officials sound the alarm and try to identify what is causing the disease, how it spreads, and how to prevent it. Why aren’t we taking a similar approach with mass shootings, which are a similar sort of public health issue?

Over the past 10 years, mass shootings have been happening far more frequently than they did in previous decades, and with a general increase in the, 58 killed just a few weeks ago.

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