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AMA calls gun violence 'public health crisis', gun advocates disagree

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As mass shootings and gun violence continue across America, many wonder if there's an end in sight.

The American Medical Association called gun violence a "public health crisis."

"Well, I think it's a waste of our money. Number one is the FBI and the state police and ATF have already done that. And why are we doing a repeat of what's already being done," said Glenn Duncan, owner of Duncan's Outdoor Shop.

Duncan doesn't believe the Centers for Disease Control should do research on gun violence. He doesn't support the AMA's lobby for congress to lift a decades-old ban. A ban that would allot the CDC to conduct research on gun violence.

Duncan also scoffs at the AMA's notion gun violence is a public health crisis, with the exception of mental health.

"If you have a mental problem you've got to go and accept that, you do and you won't be able to go and have a gun," Duncan said.

A local medical expert gave his take on whether or not the CDC should be able to research gun violence.

"Whether we're researching gun violence, other epidemics, drugs, medical conditions, there should be no restriction on research," said George Kikano, Dean of Medicine for Central Michigan University.

Kikano believes in all research as long as there is no bias behind it.

"Research gives you information you don't have to advance science innovation. This is what science, medicine, engineering, computer sciences is based on in this country and globally," Kikano said.

Kikano said he believes gun violence is a public health crisis in the United States and worldwide.

As for Duncan, he doesn't believe more research is the answer to the gun violence riddle.

"To say that they can study more than what the ATF and FBI is already doing, they can't," Duncan said.

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