FOPA Revisited

Just one year after the federal 11th Circuit Court of Appeals vacated an injunction against enforcing the Florida Firearms Owners’ Privacy Act (FOPA), it has done so again. FOPA, popularly nicknamed “Glocks vs. Docs”, was passed in 2011 to prohibit physicians from routinely inquiring about and documenting gun ownership of their patients. It has been broadly condemned by physician specialty organizations, notably the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Medical Association (AMA)...

Gun Safety is the New Gun Control

For years now media stories have shifted from calls for gun control in favor of the kinder, gentler term “gun safety”. So it’s not really a new trend. The change was a carefully calculated decision of gun prohibitionists and their many sympathizers in the large media outlets. Gun control, it turns out, is a red flag to that substantial number of the American public who cherish the right to keep and bear arms. They rightly see gun control as people control, since gun control laws are gener...

Who Are The Mass Murderers?

This April 2015 photo released by the Lexington County (S.C.) Detention Center shows Dylann Roof, 21.  Charleston Police identified Roof as the shooter who opened fire during a prayer meeting inside the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, June 17, 2015,  killing several people.  (Lexington County (S.C.) Detention Center via AP)
There is much speculation about how to identify people at risk of committing violence, in order to preempt their possessing firearms. This ignores risks from violence done with, say, hands and knives, but it’s a worthy goal. However, it’s not one easily accomplished—and risks restricting Second Amendment rights from too many people who don’t present any risk at all. The stereotypical characteristics of a mass shooter are being almost always male and usually white (but whites and African-A...

Miguel Faria Critiques Anti-Gun Study from American Journal of Preventive Medicine

[Editor's Note: The following article from Dr. Miguel Faria critiquing the below referenced Hemenway et al paper in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine was recently published at and is republished here with the author's permission.] Ecologic studies are notorious for inherent errors of methodology, confounding variables, and magnifying other sample biases intrinsic to fault-prone, population-based epidemiological studies. But in the paper, “Firearm Ownership and Vi...

When will they ever learn?

gun-free-zone chattanooga
As a former Navy surgeon, I am both heartbroken and angered by the evil murders of four of our Marines and one sailor (Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Lance Cpl. Squire K. "Skip" Wells and Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith) in Chattanooga, Tennessee on July 16, 2015 at the hands of an Islamic terrorist. Of course, the Recruiting Center and Reserve Center where they were murdered are "gun free zones" by regulation. In response...