Public health

Small arms and light weapons are a public health problem: they are a preventable cause of widespread death, injury and suffering.

In some countries, small arms violence is the leading cause of death among certain populations. Public health and medical professionals view gun violence as a problem that can be reduced using strategies successfully employed against other societal health problems (such as smoking-related illness and motor vehicle injuries)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends restricting access to firearms as part of its Violence & Injury Prevention program.

Últimas noticias

Balas perdidas mataron o hirieron al menos a 317 personas en los EE.UU. entre marzo de 2008 y febrero de 2009, según un nuevo estudio publicado en la revista Journal of the American Medical Association.

In Switzerland, a broad coalition of organisations and political parties said they were disappointed but not defeated after a majority of 56% voted against an initiative to introduce stricter gun laws on 9 February.

Canada’s gun laws have resulted in a significant drop in the number of homicides committed with a firearm, according to new research published in the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

3 December was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 3000 people are seriously injured by guns every day, many injuries leading to long-term or permanent disability.

The 1 December was World Aids Day. IANSA women have made the connection between small arms and HIV/AIDS, and how sexual violence at gunpoint, all too common in conflict and post-conflict settings, contributes to increased rates of HIV transmission. More

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