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NCJ Number: 183543 Find in a Library
Title: Unsafe in Any Hands: Why America Needs To Ban Handguns
Author(s): Paul Lavrakas; Karen Brock
Corporate Author: Violence Policy Ctr
United States of America
Editor(s): Josh Sugarmann; Aimee Stenzel
Date Published: March 2000
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Ctr on Crime, Communities and Culture
New York, NY 10106
George Gund Foundation
Cleveland, OH 44115
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL 60603
Joyce Foundation
Chicago, IL 60602
Violence Policy Ctr
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Violence Policy Ctr
1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Suite 1014
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Document: HTML
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of firearms violence concludes that a plan to ban handguns should be developed and implemented soon and that the cost of a buyback program for the 65 million handguns owned by civilians could recouped in a few years through savings on the estimated $4 billion annually in medical care for victims of gun violence.
Abstract: The United States leads the industrialized world in gun violence of all types. Nearly 70 percent of firearm suicides and 80 percent of firearm homicides involve handguns. The handgun lobby’s mythology about the handgun clouds the reality that a handgun is a consumer product that needs regulation by the same standards applied to al other products. Data from 1997 also reinforce the point that uses of handguns for self-defense are rare. However, handguns are used extensively in violent crimes such as assaults and robberies. Most of the gun control movement regards trying to ban handguns as futile. Federal gun control legislation has failed to slow firearms violence due to its ad hoc nature. Politicians and gun control advocates tend to focus on licensing, registration, and background checks without considering fundamental issues. A contrasting legislative approach to curtailing gun violence begins with the recognition that the firearms industry remains the last unregulated manufacturer of a consumer product. Congress should vest the Department of the Treasury with strong authority to regulate the design, manufacture, and distribution of firearms and should include the ability to remove from the market firearms that pose a serious threat to public health and safety. The country needs a clear plan to ban handguns. Reference notes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Citizen gun ownership; Cost effectiveness analysis; Costs; Firearm accidents; Firearm-crime relationships; Firearms deaths; Gun Control; Gun control legislation
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