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Yes, Americans are often shot—and so are many others
  1. P Alpers
  1. Harvard Injury Control Research Centre, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
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This journal often publishes papers on gun injury, almost all of them American. Readers on other shores could be forgiven for asking if the topic concerns them, given the sharp disparities in firearm related mortality. For example in the United States, 4% of the world population possesses 50% of the planet's privately owned firearms1,2; America's gun death rate stands head and shoulders above those of 35 similar high and upper middle income nations.3 Of the 35, 29 suffer less than half the firearm related death rate in the United States.

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