1Tragedies 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:
Guns: A Global Perspective
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|
|• ||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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Book title: The Global Gun Epidemic: From Saturday Night Specials to AK-47s.
Contributors: Wendy Cukier - Author, Victor W. Sidel - Author.
Publisher: Praeger Security International.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 2006.
Page number: 1.
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