Prof. R.J. Rummel on Public Health and Gun Control/Democide

Professor R.J. Rummel
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Spring 2002
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Dear Dr. Faria,

...You're doing a great service on the issue of gun control and whenever it comes up in my correspondence, I direct people to your work...

You may be interested in my updated chart on democide [people killed by their own government] at

It plots democide compared to the greatest causes/factors of death in 1998. Democide deaths exceed those for illicit drugs, sexually transmitted diseases, air pollution, alcohol, all domestic/foreign wars, traffic accidents, homicides, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, and tobacco. In fact, governments murdered more people than died in total from war, traffic accidents, homicides, and alcohol combined.

Thanks for reference to your piece on Cuba...

Best wishes, but with this topic, no cheers,
Professor R.J. Rummel
University of Hawaii
via e-mail

Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2002;7(1);1. Copyright©2002 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

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