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

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The Firearm Epidemic
Gun violence is a problem in many nations around the globe. It is prominent in the headlines and dominates the news in many countries, even those considered to be generally peaceful. Although gun violence is a daily occurrence in many places, there are often high-profile events that attract and focus national and international attention on the issue of guns. Prominent in Western media, for example, have been:
The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963,1 the assassination of his brother Robert, on June 5, 1968,2 and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968.3
The Montreal massacre in Canada, on December 6, 1989, when a man walked into an engineering school, separated the male from the female students, and shot twenty-seven people, killing fourteen young women.4
The Dunblane killing in Scotland, on March 13, 1996, in which a licensed gun owner killed sixteen children and their teacher.5
The Port Arthur massacre in Australia, on April 28, 1996, in which thirty-five people were killed.6
The Columbine shootings in the United States, on April 20, 1999, in which two teenagers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, walked into their school, Columbine High School in Colorado, and began a one-hourlong killing spree that ended in the death of twelve of their fellow students and one teacher, and left another twenty-eight students and teachers wounded. The shooters then took their own lives.7
The Zug massacre in Switzerland, in which a lone gunman wielding an assault rifle wounded fourteen people and killed fifteen (including himself) in a regional parliament in September 2001.8

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Tables vii
  • List of Figures ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Preface xv
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • 1: Guns: A Global Perspective 1
  • 2: The Firearm Epidemic 12
  • 3: More Guns Equal More Deaths 47
  • 4: The Global Gun Trade 68
  • 5: Globalization and Gun Running 88
  • 6: [Gun Culture] and the Demand for Firearms 109
  • 7: The Regulation of Firearms 131
  • 8: National Approaches to Regulation 171
  • 9: Global Action 206
  • Conclusion 241
  • Notes 243
  • Selected Resources 291
  • Index 299
  • About the Authors 311
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