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A funny thing happened on the way to the meeting: on guns and triggers
  1. Polly Bijur
  1. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Rose F Kennedy Center, 1410 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx, NY 10461, USA

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Two women who were attending the 1997 American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting in Indianapolis were shot in a restaurant while waiting to be seated. A man with a registered .32 caliber handgun was leaning over to pick something up from the floor when a weapon fell out of his pocket, dropped on the floor, and fired two bullets. In the gun world, this is known as a drop-fire, a close kin to a bump-fire, both due to defective trigger mechanisms. When a child chokes on a small ball, or loses an eye from a toy rocket, the regulatory machinery of government is …

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