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Gun Amnesty in England and Scotland Following Dunblane Massacre

25 April 1996

Independent (UK)

Dunblane Prompts 28-day Guns Amnesty A national firearms amnesty is to take place in June in the wake of the massacre of the Dunblane children, the Home Secretary announced yesterday. But while Michael Howard was confident the move would save lives, he accepted it could not prevent a similar tragedy at the hands of a deranged gunman - such as Thomas Hamilton who killed the 16 children and their teacher. "No one is suggesting a firearms amnesty is a panacea in... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Surgeon General Calls Gun Violence an 'Epidemic'

1 January 1994

Mother Jones (USA)

Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders's crusade to promote health education and awareness encompasses the "epidemic," as she calls it, of gun violence. Frank and opinionated, she told us what Americans need to do-now. Q: The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently said that gun-related deaths and injuries make gun violence one of the major public-health hazards in the country. Do you agree? A: Yes, I do. Homicide, often involving guns, is a disease that... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

US Surgeons General on Gun Violence 'Epidemic'

15 June 1992

Philadelphia Local News (Philly.com)

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and George Lundberg, editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, think that if we look closely at death rates due to firearms, it will make gun-control advocates out of most of us. Consider a few of them: - Between 1960 and 1980, the U.S. homicide rate due to guns increased 160 percent, while the population rose 26 percent. - Nationally, gunshot wounds are the second biggest cause of death among Americans age... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

Access the Problem, Not Illness, Say Experts

3 September 1991

Sydney Morning Herald

Psychiatrists have dismissed as "absurd" a suggestion by gun lobbyists that psychotic people or people with psychological problems should be listed on a register which would prohibit them from owning guns. Dr William Andrews, chairman of the NSW Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), said the idea was based on a myth, perpetuated by popular fiction and films, that all mentally ill people were dangerous. "In reality, the vast... (GunPolicy.org)

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