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Imagine being a doctor or nurse working in an emergency room. You often find yourself patching up somebody, or failing to save the life of somebody, who was there because they had been shot. Eventually you scream to yourself that we have to do something to keep all those people from being maimed or killed!
Having never held any gun but a toy, much less owned one, you still don't consider doing some research to find out what the problem actually is and what should be done. You're too busy and, after all, your medical literature and professors have already identified the problem and told you what needs to be done. We've got to get rid of guns, or at least handguns! Unfortunately, almost the entirety of the health care world has been turned into emotion-blinded advocates of policies that would actually increase the carnage, mainly through their ignorance and trust of other doctors equally qualified to make the judgements. So, "experts" like Dr. Joy tell thousands of people who know nothing about guns that a gun in the home is 43 times more likely to kill a family member than an intruder.
Follow the links below for the rest of the story.
THE NEJM EDITOR AFTER THE "3 TIMES" HOMICIDE RISK REPORT
THE RESEARCHERS' REBUTTAL
CDC & MEDICAL LITERATURE UNDER FIRE
NEJM EDITOR ANSWERS THE CRITICISM
TO PROVE THERE ARE CRIMINAL GUNS
OTHER MED SCHOOL GUN CONTROLLERS
FEB 99 UPDATE
Bookmark for later reading Guns in the Medical LiteratureA Failure of Peer Review by Dr. Edgar Suter and also this part of a book by Gary Kleck.
Bookmark for later reading this article in Reason magazine by attorney/criminologist Don Kates, et.al. about medical research bias. [alt]
Bookmark for later reading Guns & Public Health: Epidemic of Violence or Pandemic of Propaganda? by Don B. Kates, Jr., et.al. in The Tennessee Law Review, '94. [PDF] [alt PDF]
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