By Mike Sweeney, Gun Owners Action League
Going back over the last two to three years we have often encountered groups of medical doctors who are organizing, crafting a message, and implementing protocols which will enable them to strip a law abiding citizen of their Second Amendment rights.
We first encountered the doctors at public forums, which were supposedly organized to be group discussions about “gun violence.” For the most part these forums were nothing but networking for propagandists, the sharing of ideas on how to restrict the rights of the law abiding.
In all reality the meetings should have been called “Straw Men, Blame, Spin and Distortion, Best Methods For Disarming Law Abiding Americans.”
As always with those who seek freedom restriction, they are sneaky, underhanded liars who take advantage of a complicit media to broadcast their message.
Their message? “Gun violence is killing millions, guns are bad, guns kill people – this is a public health crisis, we must DO SOMETHING.” Without fail they distort numbers and repeat the lie, over and over and over.
Recently a new group of these doctors assembled in Waltham to “discuss” what they can do. As always, they had a sympathetic media covering their event, let’s take a look at a story that appeared online today.
As always it started with a gross and spectacular distortion of statistics – “Since 1960, more than 1.3 million Americans have died in firearm suicides, homicides and unintentional injuries. In 2010 alone, more than 31,000 Americans died by gunfire.”
Now that sounds pretty sensational doesn’t it? What the author isn’t telling you though is this: In 2009 our murder rate dropped to 5.0 per 100K people, an all time low, not seen since…. 1960, when it was 5.1 per 100K. In addition to that, the murder rate has dropped every year since 2009. The rate in 2013 was 4.7.
So, where exactly is the epidemic?
Simply put, there isn’t one. Regardless of that, they compile numbers; spray them around as facts and viola instant crisis.
Of course, they don’t stand pat on just one flat out lie, they add another, and the article continues – “Public health research has shown that firearms violence is directly related to firearms availability and density.”
Let’s take a look at that one for a second; according to the doctors “firearms availability and density” leads to more gun violence. Well, we already showed that we are at an all time low for murder per capita. Is it possible that the doctors are unaware of the incredible surge in gun sales during the last decade plus? We doubt it, surely this is just another fact that they disregard and or sidestep, as it doesn’t fit their agenda of deceit.
Americans own more guns per person than any country in the world, by a lot. Yet, our murder rates are relatively low, so, once again, where is the epidemic?
The article continues with a textbook example of lie repetition –
“Gun violence is a public health issue; that’s nothing new,” Gross said. “Violence is a public health issue; gun violence is like other diseased processes that threaten our life.”
He said gun violence has become so commonplace that many people seem immune to it whether they view it on a television program or on the news.
“Gun violence is a threat to all of us,” Gross continued. “It affects our society, most often those at the young end of the spectrum, and takes the lives of those with promise and the chance to be productive.”
I have to give it to the reporter; she managed to cram the words “gun violence” into three consecutive sentences, four times! Boy, that journalism degree is sure paying off. This is a textbook example of repeating the lie.
To make thing even more ridiculous, the doctors are trying to paint the non-issue as a “public health crisis.” Some are going as far as comparing it to AIDS or Ebola. The doctors are including “gun injuries” in their data, then tallying up the number and estimating the medical cost of taking care of those injuries.
You know that saying about people living in glass houses not throwing stones? Let’s take a quick look and compare M.D.’s to gun owners.
The top three causes of death in the United States, in order, are tobacco, alcohol and medical malpractice. According to JAMA, doctors kill more people than auto accidents and guns.
Here’s the numbers, these are on average and verified on multiple websites:
- There are approximately 700,000 physicians in the United States.
- There are approximately 120,000 accidental deaths in the United States caused by physicians every year.
An article published in the Wall Street Journal in 2012, written by Marty Makary shed even more light on the amount of doctor deaths and other gross mistakes; “Medical mistakes kill enough people each week to fill four jumbo jets.” He continues; “The same preventable mistakes are made over and over again, and patients are left in the dark about which hospitals have significantly better (or worse) safety records than their peers.” How’s that for a scary thought? Not only are doctors killing people at an alarming rate, we as consumers can’t access information on “good” or “bad” hospitals, and they’re going after law abiding gun owners?
It gets worse though; “The problem is vast. U.S. surgeons operate on the wrong body part as often as 40 times a week. Roughly a quarter of all hospitalized patients will be harmed by a medical error of some kind. If medical errors were a disease, they would be the sixth leading cause of death in America—just behind accidents and ahead of Alzheimer’s. The human toll aside, medical errors cost the U.S. health-care system tens of billions a year”
“Tens of billions a year” meanwhile they’re organizing, trying to call the ever decreasing amount of gun fatalities an “epidemic.” Could they be more ridiculous?
This issue becomes more troubling when we look at how our government has taken control of our healthcare. The many pieces coming together could create a “perfect storm” for law abiding gun owners. We’ve already seen the pieces come together in New York where we recently read of physicians reporting patients to the government, and then checking their names against the new gun registry (thanks to the SAFE Act), the police then respond and forcibly disarm the patient.
It’s pretty clear that this inquisition and the doctors who are organizing to go after our Second Amendment rights are getting guidance from above, for if they were truly interested in saving lives, they would be taking a long, hard look within their own ranks.
When doctors with an agenda enable themselves to become the arbiter of our rights it sets forth a very slippery slope. Lets be ever vigilant regarding this issue to ensure that this scheme of rights infringement does not come to fruition.
Mike Sweeney writes for the Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts – click here to visit their site.