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Marsh, Nicholas. 2007. 'Taming the Tools of Violence.' Journal of Public Health Policy, vol. 28, pp401–409.


This article summarizes why firearms are the most lethal tools of violence, and some pertinent issues public health professionals face when working to ameliorate the effects of gun violence. It surveys large gaps in data and understanding regarding the African context – most research has hitherto been conducted in developed countries. And it reviews international agreements that could be used to mobilize support for public health approaches. Although none focus explicitly on public health, some agreements offer commitments that can be used by people working to improve public health.


small arms, firearms, violence, international cooperation

The article was part of a special section of the journal which contained several articles on research on small arms from a public health perspective. Nicholas Marsh assisted in the organisation of the special section, which was also concieved at a meeting of COST Action A25 at the IPPNW world congress in Helsinki.

You can read more here at the journal's homepage.