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October 2, 1996

Firearm Design and Firearm Violence-Reply

Author Affiliations

Violence Prevention Research Program University of California, Davis Sacramento

JAMA. 1996;276(13):1035. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540130033018

In Reply.  —I agree with Mr Feldman's point that a reactive, uninformed "gun control" policy may have unintended negative consequences. I disagree with his contention (not a surprising one, coming as it does from an industry representative) that we should therefore abandon the product-oriented approach. Mr Feldman sets up a straw man by arguing that any attention given to firearms per se ignores the "user factors" he cites. I am not aware that anyone, whatever their position on firearms policy may be, suggests that these human factors should be ignored: I certainly do not.Rather, we have largely ignored any possible effect on firearm violence that is attributable to firearms themselves—a head-in-the-sand approach that we have forsworn in recent decades, with highly beneficial results, in the case of both motor vehicles and cigarettes.Consider, as just 1 example, the hundreds of thousands of inexpensive handguns produced each year by the southern California