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Private guns, public health /
David Hemenway.
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Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2004.
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xiv, 326 p.
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0472114050 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c2004.
isbn
0472114050 (cloth : alk. paper)
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The scope of the gun problem -- The facts about gun ownership -- What public health means in practice -- The scientific basis of injury control -- The wrong medicine: "good guys" and "bad guys" -- Gun accidents -- Suicides -- Homicides -- Other gun-related crimes -- The myth and reality of deterrence -- How common is self-defense gun use? -- Is more better? -- How effective is self-defense gun use? -- Guns in the home -- Guns in schools -- Guns in public -- Young children -- Adolescents and young adults -- Women -- African Americans -- Manufacturers -- Licensed dealers -- The unregulated market -- The second amendment -- Public opinion -- Evaluating regulation -- The wrong arguments -- Lessons from other products -- Lessons from other countries -- International effects of our permissive policies -- A brief history of firearms law -- Reasonable policies -- Public health surveillance.
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5117411
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
David Hemenway is Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and Director of Harvard's Injury Control Research Center and Youth Violence Prevention Center.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2004-12-01:
As a professor of health policy, Hemenway (Harvard) takes the public health approach of prevention, not prohibition, in reference to firearms. Highlighting the available research and literature related to guns and gun safety, this text offers an in-depth analysis of the scientific literature on the public health effects of firearms availability. Because more civilians in the US own firearms than in any other nation in the world, and because firearm injuries are the second leading cause of death in the US, the author suggests that it is possible to develop policies to lower injuries and deaths from firearms with consideration of criminal justice, mental health, and safety issues. Following a thorough review of the data related to gun injuries, deaths (intentional and unintentional), and self-defense, the author describes the demography of gun users and victims and the ready supply of guns in the US. In a further examination of policies, he notes that too often the focus is on the criminal user rather than the public health policies that could target manufacturers, licensed dealers, private sellers, owners, and carriers of guns. An extensive bibliography provides additional resources. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above; general readers. M. P. Tarbox Mount Mercy College
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Diagnosing and treating the gun violence epidemic demands . . . public health solutions in conjunction with legislative and law enforcement strategies." ---Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
." . . essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the tragedy of gun violence in America. . . ." ---Richard North Patterson
". . . essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the tragedy of gun violence in America. . . ." ---Richard North Patterson
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Main Description
"In this small book David Hemenway has produced a masterwork. He has dissected the various aspects of the gun violence epidemic in the United States into its component parts and considered them separately. He has produced a scientifically based analysis of the data and indeed the microdata of the over 30,000 deaths and 75,000 injuries which occur each year. Consideration and adoption of the policy lessons he recommends would strengthen the Constitutional protections that all of our citizens have to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." -Richard F. Corlin, Past President, American Medical Association "This lucid and penetrating study is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the tragedy of gun violence in America and-even more important-what we can do to stop it. David Hemenway cuts through the cant and rhetoric in a way that no fair-minded person can dismiss, and no sane society can afford to ignore." -Richard North Patterson, novelist "The rate of gun-related homicide, suicide, and accidental injury has reached epidemic proportions in American society. Diagnosing and treating the gun violence epidemic demands the development of public health solutions in conjunction with legislative and law enforcement strategies." -Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO of NAACP "In scholarly, sober analytic assessments, including rigorous critiques of NRA-popularized pseudoscience, David Hemenway constructs a convincing case that firearm availability is a critical and proximal cause of unparalleled carnage. By formulating such violence as a public health issue, he proposes workable policies analogous to ones that reduced injuries from tobacco, alcohol, and automobiles." -Jerome P. Kassirer, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, New England Journal of Medicine, and Distinguished Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine "As a former District Attorney and Attorney General, I know the urgency of providing safe homes, schools and neighborhoods for all. This remarkable tour-de-force is a powerful study of one promising solution: a data-rich, eminently readable demonstration of why we should treat gun violence as an American epidemic." -Scott Harshbarger, Former Attorney General of Massachusetts, President and CEO of Common Cause On an average day in the United States, guns are used to kill almost eighty people, and to wound nearly three hundred more. If any other consumer product had this sort of disastrous effect, the public outcry would be deafening; yet when it comes to guns such facts are accepted as a natural consequence of supposedly high American rates of violence. Private Guns, Public Healthexplodes that myth and many more, revealing the advantages of treating gun violence as a consumer safety and public health problem. David Hemenway fair-mindedly and authoritatively demonstrates how a public-health approach-which emphasizes prevention over punishment, and which has been so successful in reducing the rates of injury and death from infectious disease, car accidents, and tobacco consumption-can be applied to gun violence. Hemenway uncovers the complex connections between guns and self-defense, gun violence and schools, gun prevalence and homicide, and more. Finally, he outlines a policy course that would significantly reduce gun-related injury and death. With its bold new public-health approach to guns,Private Guns, Public Healthmarks a shift in our understanding of guns that will-finally-point us toward a solution.
Main Description
"In this small book David Hemenway has produced a masterwork. He has dissected the various aspects of the gun violence epidemic in the United States into its component parts and considered them separately. He has produced a scientifically based analysis of the data and indeed the microdata of the over 30,000 deaths and 75,000 injuries which occur each year. Consideration and adoption of the policy lessons he recommends would strengthen the Constitutional protections that all of our citizens have to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." -Richard F. Corlin, Past President, American Medical Association "This lucid and penetrating study is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the tragedy of gun violence in America and-even more important-what we can do to stop it. David Hemenway cuts through the cant and rhetoric in a way that no fair-minded person can dismiss, and no sane society can afford to ignore." -Richard North Patterson, novelist "The rate of gun-related homicide, suicide, and accidental injury has reached epidemic proportions in American society. Diagnosing and treating the gun violence epidemic demands the development of public health solutions in conjunction with legislative and law enforcement strategies." -Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO of NAACP "In scholarly, sober analytic assessments, including rigorous critiques of NRA-popularized pseudoscience, David Hemenway constructs a convincing case that firearm availability is a critical and proximal cause of unparalleled carnage. By formulating such violence as a public health issue, he proposes workable policies analogous to ones that reduced injuries from tobacco, alcohol, and automobiles." -Jerome P. Kassirer, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, New England Journal of Medicine, and Distinguished Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine "As a former District Attorney and Attorney General, I know the urgency of providing safe homes, schools and neighborhoods for all. This remarkable tour-de-force is a powerful study of one promising solution: a data-rich, eminently readable demonstration of why we should treat gun violence as an American epidemic." -Scott Harshbarger, Former Attorney General of Massachusetts, President and CEO of Common Cause On an average day in the United States, guns are used to kill almost eighty people, and to wound nearly three hundred more. If any other consumer product had this sort of disastrous effect, the public outcry would be deafening; yet when it comes to guns such facts are accepted as a natural consequence of supposedly high American rates of violence. Private Guns, Public Healthexplodes that myth and many more, revealing the advantages of treating gun violence as a consumer safety and public health problem. David Hemenway fair-mindedly and authoritatively demonstrates how a public-health approach-which emphasizes prevention over punishment, and which has been so successful in reducing the rates of injury and death from infectious disease, car accidents, and tobacco consumption-can be applied to gun violence. Hemenway uncovers the complex connections between guns and self-defense, gun violence and schools, gun prevalence and homicide, and more. Finally, he outlines a policy course that would significantly reduce gun-related injury and death. With its bold new public-health approach to guns, Private Guns, Public Healthmarks a shift in our understanding of guns that will-finally-point us toward a solution.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Each day in the U.S., guns are used to kill almost 90 people, & wound nearly 300 more. Hemenway examines the gun control issue from the perspective of public health & consumer safety, & puzzles over the lack of public outcry engendered by these appalling statistics.
Long Description
On an average day in the U.S., guns are used to kill almost eighty people, and wound nearly three hundred more. If any other consumer product had this sort of disastrous effect, the public outcry would be deafening; yet when it comes to guns such facts are accepted as a natural consequence of supposedly high American rates of violence. "Private Guns, Public Health explodes that myth and many more, revealing the advantages of treating gun violence as a consumer safety and public health problem. Author David Hemenway fair-mindedly and authoritatively demonstrates how a public-health approach -- which emphasizes prevention over punishment, and which has been so successful in reducing the rates of injury and death from infectious disease, car accidents, and tobacco consumption -- can be applied to gun violence. Hemenway uncovers the complex connections between guns and self-defense, school violence, homicide, and more. Finally, he outlines a course of regulation and policy that would significantly reduce gun-related injuries and deaths. With its bold new public-health approach to guns, Private Guns, Public Health marks a shift in our understanding of guns that will finally point us toward a solution. David Hemenway is Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and Professor of Health Policy at Harvard School of Public Health. A former Pew Fellow on Injury Control, he has been a Senior Soros Justice Fellow and received a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Guns and American Societyp. 1
The Scope of the Gun Problemp. 1
The Facts about Gun Ownershipp. 5
The Public Health Approachp. 8
What Public Health Means in Practicep. 8
The Scientific Basis of Injury Controlp. 10
The Wrong Medicine: "Good Guys" and "Bad Guys"p. 20
Gun-Related Injury and Deathp. 27
Gun Accidentsp. 27
Suicidesp. 35
Homicidesp. 45
Other Gun-Related Crimesp. 54
Self-Defense Use of Gunsp. 64
The Myth and Reality of Deterrencep. 64
How Common Is Self-Defense Gun Use?p. 66
Is More Better?p. 69
How Effective Is Self-Defense Gun Use?p. 75
Locationp. 79
Guns in the Homep. 79
Guns in Schoolsp. 88
Guns in Publicp. 96
Demographyp. 107
Young Childrenp. 107
Adolescents and Young Adultsp. 112
Womenp. 120
African Americansp. 124
Supplyp. 130
Manufacturersp. 130
Licensed Dealersp. 141
The Unregulated Marketp. 146
Policy Backgroundp. 152
The Second Amendmentp. 152
Public Opinionp. 161
Evaluating Regulationp. 165
Policy Lessonsp. 177
The Wrong Argumentsp. 178
Lessons from Other Productsp. 188
Lessons from Other Countriesp. 197
International Effects of Our Permissive Policiesp. 202
Policy Actionsp. 209
A Brief History of Firearms Lawp. 209
Reasonable Policiesp. 212
Public Health Surveillancep. 218
Conclusionp. 224
Methodologyp. 227
Famous Civilians Shot in the United Statesp. 253
Bibliographyp. 255
Name Indexp. 301
Place Indexp. 311
General Indexp. 315
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