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On gun violence research, California again fills a void left by the federal government

On gun violence research, California again fills a void left by the federal government

“There’s been so little research done,” Garen J. Wintemute told me, “it’s hard to put anything at the top of the list.”

The subject was gun violence, and Wintemute’s role as head of the newest research institute of the University of California. It’s the Firearm Violence Research Center, launched in the first week of July at UC Davis, where Wintemute, 65, is a professor of emergency medicine and a nationally recognized expert in gun violence.

Wintemute has been working in this field for more than 30 years, so he’s well aware that it’s a political minefield and is equally determined to inoculate the center from political attack.

“I am not...

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