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A Mathematical Model Of Gun Control Means We Can Finally Argue Over Data

•, By Shaunacy Ferro
 As highly debated as the topic of gun control is in America, there's almost no research into the causes of gun violence or how to prevent it. Until recently, there was a virtual gag on gun violence research because of a stipulation that federally funded research can't promote gun control.

In January, President Obama changed the game by defining gun violence as a public health issue, and calling for more comprehensive research. In response, University of California, Irvine professors Dominik Wodarz and Natalia Komarova created the first mathematical model to measure how legal gun availability impacts firearm-related homicide rates, published today in PLOS ONE.

Mathematical models are more than just equations--they use statistics and data to describe the way a complex system works, and predict how different variables might effect outcomes. This one provides a model for the full range of possible gun-control scenarios--from the total ban of firearms to the arm everyone approach.

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