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Seedat, Mohamed, Ashley Van Niekerk, Rachel Jewkes, Shahnaaz Suffla and Kopano Ratele. 2009 ‘Social Dynamics of Violence - Firearms.’ Health in South Africa 5 - Violence and Injuries in South Africa: Prioritising an Agenda for Prevention; Series (Vol 374), p. 1016. Cape Town: Lancet. 19 September

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Social Dynamics of Violence - Firearms…

South Africa's violent history (23) has resulted in an entrenched gun culture. Widespread access to unlicensed or stolen guns, the increasing acquisition of handguns by citizens for self-defence against escalating crime and violence, and the loss of about 3700 SAPS and Metropolitan Police firearms per year has exacerbated the problem(79–81)…

Examination of the population-attributable fractions shows that an estimated 91.5% of deaths of the victims of these legal gun owners could have been prevented if there had been no gun ownership(82).

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23) Coovadia H, Jewkes R, Barron P, Sanders D, McIntyre D. The health and health system of South Africa: historical roots of current public health challenges. Lancet 2009; published online August 25.DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60951-X.

79) Keegan M. Gun violence in South Africa. In: Suffl a S, Van Niekerk A, Duncan N, eds. Crime violence and injury prevention in South Africa: developments and challenges. Tygerberg: MRC-UNISA Crime, Violence and Injury Lead Programme, 2004: 65–87.

80) Kirsten A. The role of social movements in gun control: an international comparison between South Africa, Brazil and Australia. Durban: Centre for Civil Society, 2004.

81) Mafela N. Police arsenal goes walkabout. Sunday Times (Johannesburg), March 22, 2009. (accessed June 25, 2009).

82) Mathews S, Abrahams N, Jewkes R, Martin LJ, Lombard C, Vetten L. Intimate femicide-suicide in South Africa. Bull World Health Organ 2008; 86: 542–58.

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