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Contents Preface to the New Edition xi Preface to the 2004 Edition xxv Chapter 1. Guns and American Society  1 The Scope of the Gun Problem 1 The Facts about Gun Ownership 5 Chapter 2. The Public Health Approach 8 What Public Health Means in Practice 8 The Scientific Basis of Injury Control 10 The Wrong Medicine: “Good Guys” and “Bad Guys” 20 Chapter 3. Gun-Related Injury and Death 27 Gun Accidents 27 Suicides 35 Homicides 45 Other Gun-Related Crimes 54 Chapter 4. Self-Defense Use of Guns 64 The Myth and Reality of Deterrence 64 How Common Is Self-Defense Gun Use? 66 Is More Better? 69 How Effective Is Self-Defense Gun Use? 75 Chapter 5. Location 79 Guns in the Home 79 Guns in Schools 88 Guns in Public 96 x x CONTENTS Chapter 6. Demography 107 Young Children 107 Adolescents and Young Adults 112 Women 120 African Americans 124 Chapter 7. Supply  130 Manufacturers 130 Licensed Dealers 141 The Unregulated Market 146 Chapter 8. Policy Background 152 The Second Amendment 152 Public Opinion 161 Evaluating Regulation 165 Chapter 9. Policy Lessons 177 The Wrong Arguments 178 Lessons from Other Products 188 Lessons from Other Countries 197 International Effects of Our Permissive Policies 202 Chapter 10. Policy Actions 209 A Brief History of Firearms Law 209 Reasonable Policies 212 Public Health Surveillance 218 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 ...


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