The Global Gun Epidemic: From Saturday Night Specials to AK-47s

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Guns: A Global Perspective
Tragedies with firearms dominate newspaper headlines around the world on a daily basis. The context and circumstances may vary, but the lethal consequences of the misuse of guns appear time and time again. Certainly the United States has more than its share of violence, suicides and “accidents” involving guns. But there are few places in the world immune to the global gun epidemic. Examples appear in headlines around the globe:
In the United States
October 22, 2004: In North Point, Maryland, a man fatally shot his estranged wife and wounded her friend before turning the gun on himself.1
October 24, 2004: Two Arby's employees were shot to death in an apparent robbery in West Milwaukee, Wisconsin.2
November 24, 2004: A hunting dispute in Wisconsin left six dead when a hunter armed with a Chinese-style SKS semiautomatic rifle shot at other hunters.3

In Canada
August 26, 2004: The estranged husband of a woman fired a sawedoff rifle at her in a crowded downtown food court in Toronto but missed. He beat her with the gun and fled the scene. When pursued by police, he took a woman passerby hostage. After several hours of negotiations the man was shot and killed by a police sniper and the hostage escaped unharmed.4
November 4, 2004: A man was charged with killing three and wounding two on the Penticton First Nation Reserve in British Columbia.5

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