Includes bibliographical references (p. 289-334) and indexes.
Guns and American society. The scope of the gun problem ; The facts about gun ownership -- The public health approach. What public health means in practice ; The scientific basis of injury control ; The wrong medicine : "good guys" and "bad guys" -- Gun-related injury and death. Gun accidents ; Suicides ; Homicides ; Other gun-related crimes -- Self-defense use of guns. The myth and reality of deterrence ; How common is self-defense gun use? ; Is more better? ; How effective is self-defense gun use? -- Location. Guns in the home ; Guns in schools ; Guns in public -- Demography. Young children ; Adolescents and young adults ; Women ; African Americans -- Supply. Manufacturers ; Licensed dealers ; The unregulated market -- Policy background. The Second Amendment ; Public opinion ; Evaluating regulation -- Policy lessons. The wrong arguments ; Lessons from other products ; Lessons from other countries ; International effects of our permissive policies -- Policy actions. A brief history of firearms law ; Reasonable policies ; Public health surveillance -- Conclusion -- Afterword -- Appendix A. Methodology -- Appendix B. Famous civilians shot in the United States.