After Newtown--public opinion on gun policy and mental illness.

  title={After Newtown--public opinion on gun policy and mental illness.},
  author={Colleen L Barry and Emma E. Mcginty and Jon S. Vernick and Daniel W. Webster},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  volume={368 12},
The loss of life in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012 has prompted a national conversation about guns and mental illness. Public opinion surveys can help policymakers understand Americans' attitudes toward both violence-prevention proposals and mental illness. 
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DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1300512 Copyright © 2013 Massachusetts Medical Society
  • DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1300512 Copyright © 2013 Massachusetts Medical Society
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