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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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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Accolades, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotation
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface to the New Edition
  2. pp. xi-xxiv
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  1. Preface to the 2004 Edition
  2. pp. xxv-xxviii
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  1. Chapter 1. Guns and American Society
  2. pp. 1-7
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  1. Chapter 2. The Public Health Approach
  2. pp. 8-26
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  1. Chapter 3. Gun-Related Injury and Death
  2. pp. 27-63
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  1. Chapter 4. Self-Defense Use of Guns
  2. pp. 64-78
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  1. Chapter 5. Location
  2. pp. 79-106
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  1. Chapter 6. Demography
  2. pp. 107-129
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  1. Chapter 7. Supply
  2. pp. 130-151
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  1. Chapter 8. Policy Background
  2. pp. 152-176
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  1. Chapter 9. Policy Lessons
  2. pp. 177-208
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  1. Chapter 10. Policy Actions
  2. pp. 209-223
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 224-226
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  1. Afterword (2006)
  2. pp. 227-260
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  1. Appendix A. Methodology
  2. pp. 261-286
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  1. Appendix B. Famous Civilians Shot in the United States
  2. pp. 287-288
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 289-340
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  1. Name Index
  2. pp. 341-350
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  1. Place Index
  2. pp. 351-354
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  1. General Index
  2. pp. 355-366
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