Gun ownership[ edit ] The Congressional Research Service in estimated there were million firearms in the U. Of these, million were handguns, million were rifles, and 86 million were shotguns. Gallup polling has consistently shown two-thirds opposition to bans on handgun possession. There are significant disparities in the results across polls by different organizations, calling into question their reliability.
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For educational use only. The printed edition remains canonical. For citational use please obtain a back issue from William S. Introduction Predictably, gun violence, particularly homicide, is a major study topic for social scientists, particularly criminologists. Our focus is the remarkable difference between the way medical and public health writers treat firearms issues and the way social scientists treat those issues.
Examination of the literature produced by medical and health writers reveals why their conclusions on firearms diverge so radically from those of criminological scholarship. We focus on that literature's anomalies both for their own sake and because that focus allows us to explore some of the more important policy and legal issues of gun control.
This is the case in many European countries. That term could mean no more than noncontroversial measures to prohibit gun misuse or gun possession by high risk groups. In the literature we are analyzing, however, "guns are not HCI seeks only to ban gun ownership for self-defense, but would allow licensed sportsmen to have both handguns and long guns for purely sporting purposes;  the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence p.
On the contrary, exhortations to "[s]peak out for gun control" are seen as part of an admirable tradition of political advocacy by doctors and other health professionals in support of political measures designed to improve public health.
After all, guns are hateful things for which no decent purpose is imaginable, certainly not self-defense. Arrayed against the beneficent alliance of health advocates and anti-gun political advocates are only sinister "powerful lobbies that impede constructive exploration of the full range of social options"  by nefarious p.
This is a struggle between modern enlightenment and, at best, morally obtuse and intellectually benighted atavism. There is no time for arid, academic discussion; the need for gun control is too urgent to require--or allow--equivocation, doubt, debate, or dissent.
We reason that the time has come for government and citizens to begin a reasoned dialogue on the "why not" of gun ownership.
If the conduct of youth [sic] and the need for harmony of humans with Nature is valuable to health and civilization, the world's most powerful country may not find justification for an armed citizenry.
Evidence or perspectives that p. This literature exists in a vacuum of lock-step orthodoxy almost hermetically sealed from the existence of contrary data or scholarship. Such contrary data and scholarship routinely go unacknowledged; at best, they are evaded by misleading association with the sinister forces of the gun lobby.Text of H.R.
(rd): Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act as of Nov 24, (Passed Congress version).
H.R. (rd): Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. Share our fact sheet about gun violence and prevention (PDF).. The violence must end: APHA statement on mass shooting in Southern California. APHA grieves mass shooting in Pittsburgh, an unconscionable act of violence and hate.
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Pub.L. –, Stat. , enacted November 30, ), often referred to as the Brady Act or the Brady Bill, is an Act of the United States Congress that mandated federal background checks on firearm purchasers in the United States.
Nov 30, · Brady Law, in full Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, U.S. legislation, adopted in , that imposed an interim five-day waiting period for the purchase of a handgun until , when federally licensed dealers would be required to use a federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to conduct background checks on individuals purchasing any firearm.
On November 30, , the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act was enacted, amending the Gun Control Act of The Brady Law imposed as an interim measure a waiting period of 5 days before a licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer may sell, deliver, or transfer a handgun .
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Pub.L. –, Stat. , enacted November 30, ), often referred to as the Brady Act or the Brady Bill, is an Act of the United States Congress that mandated federal background checks on firearm purchasers in the United States, and imposed a five-day waiting period on purchases, until the NICS system was implemented in