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In 2014, an estimated 115 000 individuals in the USA sustained a firearm-related injury, 34 000 of whom died.1 There are also 40 times as many non-fatal firearm-related crimes as there are firearm deaths.2 Extensive evidence clearly indicates that firearm-related violence constitutes one of the most pressing public health and public safety issues of our time in the USA. While the public health approach has demonstrated notable success in reducing morbidity and mortality from an impressive array of illnesses and injuries over the past few decades,3 we have made little progress in reducing the rate of firearm-related violence. Confronting Gun Violence in America4 is a valuable addition to the existing literature and enhances our understanding of the scope, determinants and consequences of this major problem in the USA.
The book is organised into five parts that comprehensively examine the scale of America's gun violence problem (Chapters 1 and 2), harms associated with firearms (Chapters 3–8), …
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