Private Guns, Public Health, New Ed.

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University of Michigan Press, 2017 M08 7 - 394 pages
On an average day in the United States, guns are used to kill over ninety people and wound about three hundred more; yet such facts are accepted as a natural consequence of supposedly high American rates of violence. Private Guns, Public Health reveals the advantages of treating gun violence as a consumer safety and public health problem—an approach that emphasizes prevention over punishment and that has successfully reduced the rates of injury and death from infectious disease, car accidents, and tobacco consumption.

Hemenway fair-mindedly and authoritatively outlines a policy course that would significantly reduce gun-related injury and death, pointing us toward a solution.



 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Guns and American Society
1
Chapter 2 The Public Health Approach
8
Chapter 3 GunRelated Injury and Death
27
Chapter 4 SelfDefense Use of Guns
64
Chapter 5 Location
79
Chapter 6 Demography
107
Chapter 7 Supply
130
Chapter 8 Policy Background
152
Conclusion
224
Afterword 2006
227
Appendix A Methodology
261
Appendix B Famous Civilians Shot in the United States
287
Bibliography
289
Name Index
341
Place Index
351
General Index
355

Chapter 9 Policy Lessons
177
Chapter 10 Policy Actions
209

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About the author (2017)

David Hemenway is Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Director of Harvard’s Injury Control Research Center. In 2012 he was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control as one of the twenty “most influential injury and violence professionals over the past twenty years.”


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