American Medical Association’s Prescription For Gun Violence

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American Medical Association’s Prescription For Gun Violence
American Medical Association’s Prescription For Gun Violence

Fayetteville, AR –-(Ammoland.com)- The American Medical Association House of Delegates has released a policy statement that lays out their proposed solutions to gun deaths in this country. Unsurprisingly, there is nothing new here.

Why am I not surprised? Call it experience, since I’ve rarely seen gun control advocates come up with anything new, and the AMA’s list is just a subset of the collected demands of the contemporary anti-rights crowd.

Including red flag laws to allow the seizure of firearms from people declared to be a danger to domestic partners, maintaining the status of schools as gun-free zones (for the law-abiding), bans on anything that the State of California doesn’t want us to own, and limiting who can get gun licenses and where those apply, while requiring licenses for all legal owners—along with an effort to gin up more business among the potentially suicidal.

The last of those at least touches on a presumed subject of a medical doctor’s expertise.

I’m also going to suppose that physicians are expected to learn a bit about using evidence to reach conclusions. Take suicide as a test case, since that does from time to time involve some kind of illness. Does a firearm make killing oneself easier? Yes. And if we stop there, the claim that restricting access to guns would reduce the number of suicides might make sense.

But the reality is that though we do have the most guns, per capita and in total, our suicide rate is by no means the highest. Japan and South Korea are cited repeatedly as examples of successful gun control, and yet citizens of those nations kill themselves more often than we do, twice our rate in the latter example. Even North Koreans manage that act more frequently than Americans do.

All of this reminds me of the constant calls for research into gun violence, something that predictably the AMA includes in their list. I can never get an answer as to what, specifically, advocates want to be studied. One good researcher in this field is Andrew V. Papachristos, and I learned about his work from a fellow supporter of gun rights. But then, he is a sociologist who specializes in the subject of crime. And that’s a key point. If medical doctors want to speak about the effects of terminal ballistics, I’ll listen, provided that they back up their conclusions with data. But when they say that I shouldn’t be allowed to have an AR-15 with standard capacity magazines or that my carry license shouldn’t apply throughout the nation, even though reciprocity of medical licenses is a topic of concern in the medical community, I have to ask on the basis of what expertise they are speaking.

The AMA has been wrong in the past, particularly in regard to President Truman’s proposed national health insurance program, and that was at least a subject about which doctors had direct knowledge. When it comes to guns, their profession provides them nothing beyond what anyone else can say. They’re welcome to their opinion, as every other American, and the rest of us are welcome to point out how ill-informed their opinion is.


Greg CampAbout Greg Camp

Greg Camp has taught English composition and literature since 1998 and is the author of six books, including a western, The Willing Spirit, and Each One, Teach One, with Ranjit Singh on gun politics in America. His books can be found on Amazon. He tweets @gregcampnc.

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h. calvin jackson jr MD

One of the many reasons I never joined the AMA.

Whodaty
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Whodaty

When the leading causes of death in the States are cars +/- cell phones, falls and licensed medical practitioners advice and actions, got to wonder where the AMA really aught to focus their good intentions. Wonder how many folks who lack a firearm to end it all use a motor vehicle to do so, and in the process take some other innocents with them, or jump off a building and land on someone else, etc……

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TheHolyCrow

@JSki….This just goes to show what Hippocrates the likes of Murphy and Whiningberg, and BloomingIdiot, and Not-So-Fine-Stein, and Gill, and all the other gun grabbers are. If they were so concerned about public safety they would be crafting legislation to protect us from doctor mistakes, and peanut butter allergies, and unsafe cars. These people have a TREASONOUS agenda and they are our domestic enemies, the enemy within the gates, and before I shed my mortal coil, I pray that I will see them hung for TREASON ! (After a fair trial, a legal conviction, a proper tar & feathering, and… Read more »

willy d
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willy d

AMA not slamming doctors about their time and money to choose and do their professions, but when they complete school and residency the medical board gives them a license to practice medicine, as most professions as a former Truckdriver I had to be tested and certified to drive a truck, not a license to practice driving a truck???? I have my own saying Doctors bury their mistakes!!!!!!!!!!

MBH
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MBH

I ask my Dr. if the “no weapons” sign on the front door make him feel safer. He replied “NO, my gun is in my office!” I later found out that every one that works there carries.

tomcat
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tomcat

Typical liberal ploy, find something else, the gun is the best deterrent from their mistakes and own shoddy record of mismanagement and misuse of their skills on people.

Richard Hilton
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Richard Hilton

The AMA should worry more about thing like Cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes, and so many other’s that is what you should be using your time and our money for. Do something about the abusive prescription market especially the drugs for diabetes, that are marked up so far senior’s can barely afford them. The one my wife takes has been on the market for 20 or more years and still no generic to chose from. That is what your organization should be worrying about. Anyone that asks me about owning firearms better be willing to answer my questions about their… Read more »

alex
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alex

when my doctor starts asking about my guns,it’s time to look for another doctor.

Gene Ellingwood
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Gene Ellingwood

The AMA better clean up their house before starting on others.

JohnSki
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JohnSki

Meanwhile, medical errors cause 250,000 US deaths every year… the AMA should look into banning themselves!

YOOPER
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YOOPER

DITTO. DITTO J SKI