Gun control saves lives

Richard Matzopoulos


Reducing firearm mortality by means of stricter gun control is one of the most important short- to medium-term measures to address the burden of violence in South Africa, while longer-term interventions and policy measures take effect.

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Richard Matzopoulos, South African Medical Research Council Burden of Disease Research Unit, Cape Town, South Africa; School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Gun control; Violence; Firearm mortality; South Africa; Firearms Control Act

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South African Medical Journal 2016;106(6):544. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i6.11034

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Date submitted: 2016-05-12
Date published: 2016-05-19

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