Guns Kill More U.S. Kids Than Cancer

According to ScienceMagazine, this year, the National Institutes of Health spent $486 million researching pediatric cancer and $4.4 million studying children and guns, according to its RePORTER database.

The reason for the disproportional funding stems from an amendment drafted by Arkansas Republican Jay Dickey in 1996 which prevents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from studying gun violence.

Despite the freeze on studying gun violence, data from 2016 shows that Guns are the second-leading cause of death of children and teens in the United States, after motor vehicle crashes.

Now, in the wake of the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school, Congress wrote that CDC is free to probe the causes of gun violence, despite the Dickey amendment.

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