Though recent mass shootings have garnered much public attention, mass shootings account for less than 1% of the U.S. firearm deaths. Professor David Studdert, from the Stanford Center for Health, is currently conducting research regarding less prominent causes of firearm deaths.
The award is about more than simply prestige. For some, it comes with up to five years of government funding for further research.
Since former U.S. president Ronald Reagan, every Republican administration has implemented the policy, while every subsequent Democratic administration has lifted it after taking office.