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Does Owning a Firearm Increase or Decrease the Risk of Death?

Peter Cummings, MD, MPH; Thomas D. Koepsell, MD, MPH
JAMA. 1998;280(5):471-473. doi:10.1001/jama.280.5.471.
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DURING A VISIT for preventive care, a patient asks, "If I buy a gun, will it increase or decrease my risk of dying prematurely?" What evidence should the physician seek in formulating a response?

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