A Lesson from the Bronx Zoo

(from: jukani.co.za)
Many years ago, as a starving graduate student in New York City, I would regularly visit the Bronx Zoo. The zoo held many attractions for me. The biggest one was that admission was free. Yes, as fanciful as it sounds, in the distant past, there really were places in the Big Apple that charged nothing to get in. For this reason, on almost every Saturday, I took my young family out to see the animals. We bought a bag of peanuts for ten cents and split the contents with our primate cousins as ...

“Safety On–An introduction to the world of firearms for children” by Yehuda Remer

(from books.google.com)
Many of us want to teach our children about guns the right way—with appreciation for the good they can do in our individual lives and  for what they mean to our nation. Teaching them about the harm they can do and how to avoid that is an even higher priority, so that firearms can serve and protect, not cause trauma being handled wrongly. Good and usual recommendations include seeking out programs like Eddie Eagle from the National Rifle Association or Project ChildSafe from the National S...

The Perversion of Science and Medicine (Part IV): The Battle Continues

(from CDC IPN newsletter)
[Ed: Contributor Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD, participated in testimony opposing the CDC's anti-gun propaganda in 1996. We've told this story before, but we are pleased to present Dr. Faria's contemporaneous report about the times, the trouble and the testimony. For more context, see his Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3, originally in his Hacienda Publishing blog.] As a physician, I have always been a staunch supporter of public health in its traditional role of fighting pestilential diseases and ...

Firearms: Good or Evil?

(from evildeadfanclub.com)
Of all the devices commonly used in modern society, firearms alone are subject to serious moral judgment.  It's not unusual to hear the terms “Good” and “Evil” applied to owning guns. I confess to being uncomfortable with this terminology. For one thing, in today's world pronouncing absolutes, like explaining The Meaning of Life, is received suspiciously. Could it be that there are no absolutes? Are the post-modernists right?  Is one's position on gun control just narrative? Are all narrativ...

Practice/Train/Compete — and Repeat

(from blog.shooting-performance.com)
I enjoy shooting, but that’s not why I carry a gun.  I carry to protect myself and the people I love, although it’s not my primary method of insuring our safety.  Safe driving, a safe home, and situational awareness are our primary defenses—the gun is there only if everything else fails. Minor mistakes in routine safety practices rarely produce a catastrophe—it usually takes multiple failures to create a significant problem.  But if all my safety firewalls do fail, a gun may be the only t...

Guns and Domestic Violence—Surprising Findings

(from vcas.us)
[Ed: Sorensen's study has been trumpeted by anti-gun media for implying greater incidence of PTSD in domestic violence involving guns. But there is far more (and less) to these findings than that.] Guns are almost never involved in incidents of Intimate Partner Violence (or “domestic violence” as more commonly termed). This is according to a new report, “Guns in Intimate Partner Violence: Comparing Incidents by Type of Weapon” by Susan Sorensen, PhD of the University of Pennsylvania. Us...

How Often Are “Children” “Injured” by “Guns” in “Canada”?

(from etsy.com)
Answer: Not as often as some want to believe. At least, that’s what can be told from the March 27 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal from the Toronto pediatric team of Natasha Saunders, Hannah Lee, Alison MacPherson, Jun Gun and Astrid Guttmann. Here is an astonishing misuse of language masquerading as medical research from some of our northerly neighbors.  The only imaginable reason for this must be the authors falling behind in producing publications for tenure.  “Risk of...

Does It Hurt When I Tell You What to Think?

(from unh.edu)
I thought I was reading a hilarious Onion article the other day that lampooned a group of comically self-obsessed physicians.  I was enjoying the farce—the story had the egomaniacal doctors presuming that their medical education qualified them to discuss anthropogenic global warming—aka “Climate Change”.  They even suggested it would be appropriate to push their Al Gore-esque climate alarmism on their patients—during medical appointments! But when I realized it wasn’t The Onion after al...