"The authors apply a global public health perspective to the problem of gun-related violence. Their goal is to identify the causal chain leading to injuries, and the epidemiological approach is both the advantage and limitation of the study. It brings together cross-national data, shows how patterns of use differ among countries, compares alternative interventions, and tests some beliefs about cause and effect. In particular, the study documents the critical role of the US in producing and selling firearms that are used around the world....[t]he data provided is a useful addition to a debate that is far from finished. Recommended General readers, lower-division undergraduates through practitioners."
"This book makes the case for a strong link between the availability of guns and gun-related death and injury throughout the world....Written by two professors with public health and gun issues expertise, this book includes analyses on gun production and trade, gun culture, regulation and national and international responses to the effects of gun proliferation. In each case, the authors approach the issues from a public health point of view....[p]resenting the reader with extensive data that will be useful to all those researching the gun industry....For anyone interested in gun violence and its costs, this book represents a comprehensive and well-written overview of a very important topic."
"The book has a two-fold purpose, firstly serving as a valuable tool for raising awareness of issues, which are by standards of most governments and media organisations considered to be highly taboo. Secondly it is an excellent overview and reference source for researchers who often find it hard to source published material on the subject... It offers a good insight and an overall picture of the subject area and is useful for both academics and those with a general interest."
"The Global Gun Epidemic provides a valuable overview of an important topic. By bringing together information from around the world, this book allows the reader to see connections and gain insights that might otherwise be missed. Those of us who focus on preventing gun deaths and injuries within the United States sometimes forget just how much the lack of an effective national regulatory system for firearms can affect other countries....This book's public health approach reminds us that the instrument of violence matters."
"Cukier and Sidel consider gun violence and control using a public health model, and compare statistics from the US with other countries. They analyze firearm ownership, why more guns correspond to an increase in deaths, the global trade, gun running and culture, regulation and various national approaches, and movements towards gun control internationally."
"Professors Cukier and Sidel have written the most authoritative book on the subject, a fair-minded analysis of the current global gun epidemic. The book provides both the scientific evidence about the misuse of guns internationally, plus a recipe of what can be done to reduce the problem. The authors are not only respected academics, but passionate advocates for public health and safety. This book should be read by anyone interested in improving global public health."
"[A] much-needed comprehensive and well-documented yet remarkably readable review of guns and gun violence as a threat to human rights and public health all over the world. Violence has played an important part in South Africa's history and violence has been called the greatest threat to human rights in our country, but South Africa is determined that peace will be its future. South Africa has therefore recognized the importance of strengthened gun control laws, intended not only to reduce the misuse of guns in our country but also, because of the impact South African guns have in the region, to reduce their misuse in southern Africa. Since strong anti-gun laws have an important international role in shaping both use and values, it is vital that all countries do their share in combating this global epidemic."
"At last we have a thorough and readable book on the global epidemic of gun violence that examines this deadly scourge in all of its critical dimensions! Wendy Cukier and Victor Sidel draw on studies from around the world to demonstrate how uncontrolled gun trafficking is endangering the lives and safety of people everywhere. They also show in practical terms how we protect ourselves from this plague through concerted international action. An important book at a critical moment in human affairs."
"All too often, the debate over tougher gun laws ignores many important by-products of gun violence. Wendy Cukier and Victor Sidel have done a great service in bringing attention to global challenges brought about by increased gun violence. Gun violence has drained many public health systems, endangers human rights, and threatens many nations' homeland and national security. The Global Gun Epidemic is a must read for anyone on either side of the gun violence debate."