Global Gun Epidemic From Saturday Night Specials to AK-47s

ISBN-10: 0275982564
ISBN-13: 9780275982560
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Just as guns know no borders, gun violence has become a global epidemic, killing hundreds of thousands of people each year and injuring many more. The toll is staggering. Experts estimate that there are 35,000 annual gun-related deaths in Brazil, 10,000 in South Africa, 20,000 in Colombia, and 30,000 in the United States. While guns kill or maim great numbers of people in war zones, two thirds of small arms are in the possession of civilians. Although guns do not in and of themselves "cause" violence, they increase its lethality and fuel "cultures of violence." This book documents the global gun trade, its threat to public health, and efforts to remedy the situation. Virtually every illegal gun begins as a legal gun. With the globalization of trade in licit products has come the globalization of the illegal trade in guns. For example, weapons originating in the United States fuel violence in Canada, Latin America, and as far away as Japan. And unregulated ownership of guns fuels crime. Because weapons tend to flow from unregulated areas to regulated areas, international cooperation is critical, but global efforts have been hampered by major arms producers and gun lobbies such as the National Rifle Association. Since 1998 there has been an emerging global movement to control the illicit trade and misuse in guns, and many countries have moved to strengthen their gun laws in an effort to combat this global epidemic.

VICTOR W. SIDEL is Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is a former president of the American Public Health Association, and a cofounder and past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985).

List of Tables
List of Figures
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Guns: A Global Perspective
The Firearm Epidemic
More Guns Equal More Deaths
The Global Gun Trade
Globalization and Gun Running
"Gun Culture" and the Demand for Firearms
The Regulation of Firearms
National Approaches to Regulation
Global Action: The Rise of an International Movement
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Resources
Index

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