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Gun Policy News, 5 October 2002

United States

5 October 2002

New York Times

A Brooklyn lawsuit has become a pivotal test that could affect civil suits against the gun industry nationally because the plaintiffs have, for the first time, obtained comprehensive government information tracing gun sales. The information given to the plaintiffs' lawyers in the Brooklyn case by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms includes the sales history of guns used in crimes. Critics of the gun industry have long sought the information to try to fill what... (

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United Nations

5 October 2002

British Medical Journal, Editorial

In every country, to a greater or lesser extent, violence blights lives and undermines health. Acknowledging this, in 1996 the 49th World Health Assembly adopted a resolution (WHA49.25) declaring violence a major and growing public health problem across the world. The resolution ended by calling for a plan of action for progress towards a science based public health approach to preventing violence. The World Health Organization defines violence as the intentional use of... (

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United Kingdom,United Nations

5 October 2002

British Medical Journal

More than 1.6 million people worldwide lost their lives to violence in 2000, says the first comprehensive review of the global impact of violence, published by the World Health Organization this week. The report was developed to raise awareness of the impact of violence and to encourage a much wider role for public health in the response to violence. The report analysed data on morbidity and mortality associated with violence submitted by different countries to the WHO... (

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