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August 4, 1999

The Future of Firearm Violence Prevention: Building on Success

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Dr Wintemute is director of the Violence Prevention Research Program, University of California, Davis.

JAMA. 1999;282(5):475-478. doi:10.1001/jama.282.5.475

Through the late 1980s and early 1990s, a true epidemic of firearm-related interpersonal violence developed in the United States. Commentators noted that the concurrent decline in motor vehicle–related injuries had resulted from a comprehensive intervention strategy rooted in the principles of public health and disease prevention. They proposed similar strategies for preventing firearm-related violence.1,2