Can Kaiser Permanente Be Honest in Gun Research?

The San Francisco Bay area-based health care giant Kaiser Permanente has announced in a press release that it is “investing $2 million in research to prevent gun injuries and death.” In a Washington Post article, co-leader of the new Kaiser Permanente Task Force on Firearm Injury Prevention David Grossman, MD, MPH was quoted as saying “the problem now is we really don’t have evidence to know what’s effective and what works” to prevent gun-related injury. This statement should immediately rais...
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Two Cases and Some History Illustrating the Need for 2Adoc.com

DRGO has been receiving email inquiries about referrals to gun-friendly healthcare providers for years. From the time I joined DRGO's leadership in 2015, I've seen a steadily increasing stream of such emails. Since the launch of 2Adoc.com in September 2017, something new has started occurring: people have been contacting us to tell us they are being inappropriately asked about gun ownership. It has long been the position of DRGO that such questioning (and the ant-gun propagandizing that u...
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2Adoc.com Will Connect Patients with Gun-Friendly Providers

(from drgo.com)
Patients want to trust their provider to not make mistakes and to not lie to them. Unfortunately, when it comes to guns, medical organizations have not been living up to that expectation. Medical associations have been insinuating an anti-gun political agenda into the patient-doctor relationship for decades. Patients are routinely being asked about gun ownership. Worse, many physicians commit boundary violations by pressing anti-gun messages on patients. Frankly, medicine has an instituti...
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DRGO Launches 2Adoc.com to Match Patients with Gun-Friendly Providers

(from drgo.com)
For Immediate Release:                             Contact:  Arthur Z. Przebinda, MD.  (425) 454-7012 DRGO Launches 2Adoc.com to Match Patients with Providers In response to a growing demand for healthcare professionals who respect patient privacy and the right to keep and bear arms, DRGO invites healthcare providers who respect Second Amendment rights to join a free referral service. The service will help patients find healthcare providers who respect their constitutional rights. ...
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Firearms and “Rural” Suicides

(from: fwi.co.uk)
A number of national media have recently given attention to a report titled Urban–Rural Differences in Suicide in the State of Maryland: The Role of Firearms published this month by the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). The conclusion being drawn from this publication is that gun-related suicides may be more common in rural than in urban areas. This paper, not published in printed form, by Johns Hopkins academics has been made available online – for a fee. The the authors say thei...
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Firearms and cultural competence: considerations for mental health professionals

Gianni Pirrelli, PhD is a licensed New Jersey clinical psychologist and a friend of DRGO. He has shown sympathy for folks whose firearms have been confiscated and are trying to convince government that they are actually safe and responsible and deserve them to be returned. The subject for Dr. Pirelli and his co-author Philip Witt, PhD, a forensic psychologist, in this new paper is the culture of firearms ownership.  It was just published in the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Re...
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Public health, social science, and the scientific method. Part II

[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 I here), republished with permission, describes his tenure there. Originally published by World of Neurosurgery in March, 2007] In Part I, we discussed in general terms some of the shortcomings I encountered in many of the grant proposals submitted during my stint as a gran...
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GUNS REDUCE SUFFERING

(from: crosswalk.com)
One aim of medicine – and ostensibly of public health – is to reduce suffering. It is one of the most noble things to which a person can be called. It is under the standard of this lofty goal that today’s public health hoplophobes put forth their advocacy research and agitate for decent people being stripped of their fundamental rights. They couch their position in the context of health care. But their field is public policy and law, not medicine. They want the public and policy makers...
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