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3 Police L.Q. 44 (1973-1974)
A Step toward Control of Violence by Firearms

handle is hein.journals/polqua3 and id is 96 raw text is: BRUCE L. DANTO, M.D.

B.A., M.S. W., andM.D., Wayne
State University; formerly psychi-
atric  school worker, Northville
State Hospital; and Special In-
structor, Graduate School of Social
Work, Associate Professor, Wayne
State University; presently Founder
and Director, Suicide Prevention
Center, Detroit Psychiatric Institute.
A STEP TOWARD CONTROL OF
VIOLENCE BY FIREARMS
By Bruce L. Danto, M.D.
Very few issues have aroused as much emotional reaction as that of
firearm control and the rising incidence of homicide and violence in
general.' -2-3 Firearm  owners and users vehemently agrue about the
constitutional right to bear arms and the opponents cite the reality of
violence and the role of the gun in the discharge of such violence.4 Society
appears to be in a position of checkmate as nothing substantial has been
accomplished and the growing numbers of victims is rising.
Recently, in Detroit, the author proposed a plan to an aide of one of
the city councilmen. It was felt that such a plan might help to reduce
firearm induced violence. The frame of reference is violence which
occurs between neighbors or within families, violence which involves the
person who purchases his firearm in a lawful manner.
In Michigan, current law forbids the purchase of a firearm by a citizen
I A Question of Guns. Newsweek, Jupe 24, 1968, pp. 81-85.
2 The Gun in America. Time Magazine, June 21, 1969, pp. 81-85.
3Bakal, C. The Failure of Federal Gun Control Saturday Review, July 3, 1971, pp.
4 12-15,49-50.
Danto, B. L. Firearms and Their Role in Homicide and Suicide. Life-Threatening
Behavior. 1:10-17, Spring, 1971.

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