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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. http://www.thetimes.co.za/News/Article.aspx?id=964163 (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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