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17 January 2001

National Review (USA)

December 26, 2000, and another mass murder, as 42-year-old Michael McDermott went on a rampage in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Armed with a rifle, a shotgun, and a handgun, McDermott killed seven of his co-workers. Predictably, another call for "tougher" gun-control laws, and a renewed media blitz designed to promote the fear of armed neighbors in America. In a recently published Epidemiology article, "Community Firearms, Community Fear," three Harvard public-health... (

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