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167 e-Letters

  • Evidence Based?
    Robert P Green

    Dear Editor,

    survivethedrive.org “Your Best Behind the Wheel”

    An open letter to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

    Please, don’t train and evaluate my surgeon, airline pilot or electrician as well as we prepare our nation’s youthful drivers.

    Studies showing little or no “crash reduction” b...

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  • Why not freedom to own rocket launchers?
    Simon Chapman

    Dear Editor

    Despite James Lawson’s best efforts to suggest otherwise [1], ordinary people – and thankfully nearly all politicians on all sides of Australian politics -- understand that 10 mass shootings involving 66 deaths in 10 years, followed by 103 months with no such incidents is a positive development. Opinion polls before and after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre repeatedly showed overwhelming proportions of A...

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  • Prices and affordability of child restraint seats in Japan
    Ediriweera B.R., Desapriya

    Dear Editor

    We read the article by Hendrie et al with interest.[1] Compared to the salaries of their North American and European counterparts, the average Japanese family income is higher. The majority of parents tend to believe that the cost of child restraint seats (CRS) is comparatively higher than other countries. CRS in Japan are much more expensive - around US$ 250-400. Government subsidiary would be nece...

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  • Re: No mass shootings in Australia since gun law reform.
    Dr. James B. Lawson

    Dear Editor

    I note with interest Chapman's contribution to the discussion[1] on the paper by Ozanne-Smith et al. on firearm law reform in Australia.[2] Chapman's claims are not incorrect, as far as they go. However, like Ozanne-Smith et al, it is what Chapman has left out that may confuse readers.

    There have been several mass murders (defined as four or more deaths in one incident) in A...

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  • Response to Simon Chapman
    Peter W. Whelan

    Dear Editor

    I read the response from Chapman with interest.[1] In referring to the number of guns handed in during the 1996/97 buy back, Chapman fails to disclose that those firearms, legally owned by farmers and sporting shooters, had never been a problem in society. I refer to the submission by Australian Institute of Criminology to the publication "Evaluating Gun Policy: Effects on Crime and Violence" published...

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  • No mass shootings in Australia since gun law reform
    Simon Chapman

    Dear Editor

    The 1996 national gun law reforms in Australia saw 660 959 semi-automatic and pump action shotguns removed from the Australian community. The impressive fall in the Victorian and Australian gun death rate and the falls in reported gun ownership in Melbourne homes reported by Ozanne-Smith et al plainly have much to do with this.[1] However the impact of the gun law reforms on mass killings is even mo...

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  • Re: “Firearm related deaths: the impact of regulatory reform”
    James B. Lawson

    Dear Editor

    I read with interest this paper by Ozanne-Smith and co-workers.[1] I congratulate the authors on their meticulous confirmation of the intuitive expectation that fewer firearms in the community correlates with a reduction in firearms deaths and injuries. Unfortunately, the authors confine themselves to the limited objective of studying firearm deaths in isolation. They do not ask whether the reduction...

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  • Meeting sports safety research challenges
    David L Nordstrom

    Dear Editor

    I am grateful to Caroline Finch for responding[1] to my letter suggesting research on soccer headgear.[2] Because there has been little research on risk factors for sports injury,[3] Finch is correct that headgear use in soccer is only one opportunity for sport safety research. However, certain factors make soccer headgear an especially attractive topic. The population at risk of soccer inj...

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  • Author's response inadaquate
    Peter W. Whelan

    Dear Editor

    In responding to my critique of the report,[1] Joan Ozanne-Smith failed to address my specific comments.[2] I therefore call upon her and her colleagues to explain more about their methodology: a) Why were the Victorian results not compared with those of Western Australia? Western Australia had draconian, restrictive firearms laws dating back many years, prior to the Vicorian laws, but they still have...

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  • Regulatory reform: no real effect on public health and safety
    Jeanine Baker

    Dear Editor

    We note with interest and concern the exchange between the Monash Research Group and Mr Whelan,[1] regarding serious flaws in the Monash study.[2]

    Upon close scrutiny, the claim that Victoria’s 1988 firearm legislation led to significant declines relative to the rest of Australia is unsupported by the actual data. Rather, we see that firearms suicides and assaults/homicides have been decl...

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