Editorial: Gun Availability and Violent Death

Morgenstern, Hal
June 1997
American Journal of Public Health;Jun97, Vol. 87 Issue 6, p899
Academic Journal
The article discusses the relation between greater availability of guns and violent deaths in the U.S. To know if greater gun availability increases or decreases the risk of violent deaths, one should compare the estimated number of deaths prevented by the successful use of firearms for self-protection with the estimated number of deaths caused by firearms during the same period. In a national telephone survey, there has been about 2.2 million defensive uses of guns in 1992. In 15.7% of these incidents, participants in the survey reported that they or someone else almost certainly would have died a gun not been used for protection.


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