For the Children

(from: digest.bps.org.uk)
There have been many breathless headlines lately about "Child" deaths by firearms, precipitated by the recent publication of a study in the journal Pediatrics, “Childhood Firearm Injuries in the United States”. Once again, Organized Medicine is trotting out the dog and pony show about "gun violence" being a "public health problem", and the media is getting the vapors over "child" statistics. The problem —as is nearly always the case—is that they present an incomplete and slanted picture. ...
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Public health, social science, and the scientific method. Part I

[Ed: After testifying to the House Appropriations Committee in 1996, Dr. Faria was tapped to serve at the CDC on the NCIPC's grant review committee during the George W. Bush administration. This two-part series (Part II here), republished with permission, describes his tenure there. Originally published by World of Neurosurgery in February, 2007] INTRODUCTION During the years 2002 to 2004, I served in the Injury Research Grant Review Committee (more recently the “Initial Review Group”)...
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Anti-Gun Research, or, How to Gain Notoriety While Accomplishing Nothing

(from bearingarms.com)
Many years ago, I worked at the Army Medical Research Laboratory. In those days, it was the lab’s practice to run two experiments simultaneously.  One was called the "Pot Boiler" and the other was called the "Nobel Prize". The Pot Boiler was any easy experiment that more or less came out as expected. Pot Boilers didn't break new ground but usually qualified as publishable.  The "Nobel Prize" (no, we never won it) was always a long shot but held the possibility of a new scientific insight....
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The Gun As Talisman

A common adage in the gun owners' sphere is that a gun is not a talisman. This pithy phrase is used to emphasize the fact that possession does not equal competence. Picking up a firearm does not instantly turn a novice into John Wick. One must be practiced and proficient both in marksmanship and administrative handling to be safe and effective with a firearm. This basic concept seems lost on public health anti-gun crusader Garen Wintemute (himself a self-professed gun owner). (more&hel...
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Public Health is Not Medicine

One fundamental is crucial to understanding why doctors and organized medicine are involved in gun policy: Public health is not medicine. It is the primary tool and avenue through which hoplophobic medics seek to infringe on peoples’ right to keep and bear arms. But it is not the practice of medicine. Public health relies on medical data and facts gathered through epidemiological methods. But public health is not a clinical discipline. It is a legal one. In short, public health is t...
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Brownie Bear Teaches Gun Safety, by B.L. Brown

(from amazon.com)
On the heels of two prior reviews of books helping us educate children about firearms (Safety On by Yehuda Remer and Guns the Right Way by Jerry Luciano), another one arrived that completes a complementary trilogy. Brownie Bear Teaches Gun Safety is a short storybook just right for younger children who enjoy being read to. In just 22 pages, Brown tells how three kids on their way to school find a revolver and what that leads to. The author, Bridgette Brown (who goes by B.L.), is a prin...
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Gun Control: A Passivity Disorder?

(from skybluesofa.com)
In contemporary America, as in the West generally, we are witnessing a diminution of traditional self-reliant values. With this, there has been a strong shift to a passive, group think perspective. It's our belief that the demand for extreme gun control goes beyond normal passivity and enters the realm of a psychological disorder. Let’s clarify the term "Passivity Disorder". We all recognize that passive people are less likely to argue about or object to changing circumstances. They are a...
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The Joy of Hearing: Prevention Beats Correction

(from tudoemfoco.com.br)
[Ed: Welcome to our newest contributor, Clint Roberts, whose perspective on bearing arms was forged in combat, leading toward a career defending the Second Amendment and those who must rely on it.] New legislation has been introduced that would affect lifestyles within our Second Amendment and firearms communities. There are two measures at hand. The first H.R. 367, the Hearing Protection Act of 2017, would enhance prevention of hearing loss when using firearms for all lawful purposes. T...
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