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On Wednesday August 2, 2000, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an article that analyzes the Brady Bill's impact on national homicide and suicide rates. According to the authors of the study, "based on the assumption that the greatest reductions in fatal violence would be within states that were required to institute waiting periods and background checks, implementation of the Brady Act appears to have been associated with reductions in the firearm suicide rate for persons aged 55 years or older but not with reductions in homicide rates or overall suicide rates." The information is sure to provide fresh ammunition for gun advocates as they seek to advance their agenda during the crucial final months of the presidential campaign. The article is available in both .pdf and .html formats, but when we visited we had problems downloading the .pdf version.
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