Jan 272015
 

Timothy Wheeler, MD

Rep. Robin Kelley (h/t: ammoland.com)

Rep. Robin Kelley (h/t: ammoland.com)

We pretty much knew it would happen, but we didn’t think it would be so soon. Barely two weeks into the 114th Congress, Chicago congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) has introduced H.R. 224, which would require newly-confirmed surgeon general and gun control zealot Vivek Murthy “to submit to Congress an annual report on the effects of gun violence on public health.” The bill is taken almost word for word from The Kelly Report, a multi-authored, gun control perpetual wish list released last year from Kelly’s office. The bill comes not even a year after Murthy swore to a U.S. Senate committee that he would not use his position to push for gun control. Continue reading »

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Jan 232015
 

By Robert Young, MD

gfzThere have been several widely reported shootings of staff at health care facilities during the past 2 years. These include a physician shot in his exam room in California in January 2013, a case worker killed in Philadelphia in July 2014, a psychologist killed at a VA clinic in January of this year by a former staffer who had previously threatened him, and a surgeon killed at Boston Brigham & Women’s Hospital just this week.

Each of these shootings occurred in euphemistically termed “gun-free zones”, where no one is expected to be armed. But in one of these incidents, a doctor who was targeted saved himself and other staff by fighting back, thanks to his unorthodox decision and courageous action. That was in the Philadelphia attack. He carried a gun where they were not allowed, against the rules, knowing he was at risk–not just of his job, but of his life.

Remember what stops a bad guy with a gun?

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Jan 222015
 

By Timothy Wheeler, MD

It is one of the great ironies of contemporary American politics that our nation’s capital is ground zero in the civil rights struggle of our time—the fight to exercise our right to keep and bear arms. At a meeting in the District of Columbia’s St. Augustine’s Catholic Church a couple of weeks ago, newly elected D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser assured her audience:

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Muriel Bowser. (Photo: Cliff Owen, AP)

“You have a mayor who hates guns. If it was up to me, we wouldn’t have any handguns in the District of Columbia. I swear to protect the Constitution and what the courts say, but I will do it in the most restrictive way as possible.” Continue reading »

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Jan 212015
 

[Editor’s note: This article by Jane Orient, M.D., the executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, summarizes the problems inherent in the public health community’s longstanding politically motivated attempt to reframe firearm injuries and deaths as a public health problem. We present it here as a resource for our members and the public: “Gun Violence” as a Public Health Issue: a Physician’s Response, Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Volume 18 Number 3 Fall 2013 (reprinted with permission of the editor-in-chief; available at www.jpands.org).]

Jane Orient, MD

Jane Orient, MD

ABSTRACT
Organized medicine is joining with the Obama Administration to demand restoration of funding to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for research on “gun violence” and to work for legislation that includes universal background checks, on the rationale of improving public safety.

Firearm-related fatalities, which combine gun suicides and gun homicides, are shown to correlate with the “legislative strength score,” defined by gun control advocates. This association holds only for gun suicide, not for homicide, and depends on selection of jurisdictions. Reliance on flawed public opinion surveys, misstatements about the current background check system, and use of emotional, inflammatory rhetoric belie the claim that the case for gun control is supported by “evidence-based medicine.” Continue reading »

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Jan 202015
 

By Robert Young, MD

Sometimes even mainstream media reports rationally about their favorite whipping boy, “gun violence”.

Robert B Young, MD

Robert B Young, MD

In this Reuters report by Ronnie Cohen on January 13, another study by Garen Wintemute, MD from the University of California-Davis’s Violence Prevention Research Program is discussed. It is apparently an analysis of rates and numbers of homicides and suicides by gun from 2003-2012. Wintemute and the VPRP have long taken a position against gun ownership. Wintemute is quoted here about who “the societal burden of gun violence falls on”, as if it’s a contagious illness affecting certain ages and races of people beyond their control. His answer, as always, is for more gun control laws, thinking that might be more likely because many legislators fall into the category of middle-age to older white men who most commit suicide with guns. (Of course, the other notable category he mentions are gunshot homicides, that of young black men ages 20-24, folks not very well-represented in government.) Continue reading »

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