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October 11, 2000

Would Prevention of Gun Carrying Reduce US Homicide Rates?

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(14):1788-1789. doi:10.1001/jama.284.14.1783

To the Editor: Both the motivation for and the conclusions of Dr Sherman's1 Editorial about the relationship between gun carrying and homicide must be questioned for at least 2 reasons. Sherman seems to assume that US society is homogeneous in the way it approaches and uses firearms. He ignores the fact that there is a group nicknamed by physicians who work in emergency departments the "knife and gun club." These people accept neither the US legal system nor lawful methods of handling conflicts and crimes but rather resort to violence and use weapons to establish what they consider "justice." Other people may carry firearms but are not in the same group as "hot heads" who, in a traffic dispute, will pull out a gun and kill another human being. Our founding fathers meant for us to defend ourselves from these people and not be dominated by them.

Sherman has to do better than this sterile, meaningless article on gun carrying and homicide prevention to speak to the real problems of living in this country at this particular time.

Sherman  LW Gun carrying and homicide prevention.  JAMA. 2000;283:1193-1195.Google Scholar