Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Deadly ; Pistol Deaths

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Deadly ; Pistol Deaths

Article excerpt

Gun control laws save lives. That's the clear conclusion of a long report in the February issue of the scientific journal, Epidemiologic Reviews. Lead author Julian Santaella-Tenorio and other university researchers analyzed 130 different studies in 10 countries and concluded: "The simultaneous implementation of laws targeting multiple firearm restrictions is associated with reductions in firearm deaths."

Some findings:

* South Africa passed a comprehensive Firearm Control Act in 2000, and "firearm homicides in five major South African cities decreased by 13.6 percent per year for the next five years. That adds up to more than 60 percent reduction.

* Austria imposed gun control in 1997 and firearm homicides fell 4.8 percent, while suicides dropped 9.9 percent.

* Australia's 1996 National Firearms Agreement caused confiscation of 650,000 illegal guns and a 14 percent drop in gun deaths. …

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