Proliferation of firearms is growing global health problem

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 06 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:470
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    The growing number of civilians holding firearms is fuelling gun crime worldwide and is putting healthcare systems, especially in poor countries, under stress, an expert report says. Gun crime kills about 250 000 people a year and injures many more.

    “The proliferation of civilian gun arsenals is not likely to slow anytime in the foreseeable future,” says the report.

    The study was conducted under the auspices of the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, and was funded by European governments; the United States; Canada; and United Nations agencies, including the World Health Organization. It highlights that “civilians are acquiring greater numbers of increasingly powerful guns.”

    The researchers estimate …

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