DRGO Update for November 2, 2018

A message from DRGO:
Our biweekly Update unfortunately became monthly this time. But that gives us so much more to appreciate and to report, which you’ll find detailed below.

The biggest news represents a remarkable watershed in mainstream medical research. For the first time, a major journal (of the American College of Surgeons) has accepted an article that finds that reflects reality: concealed carry, of any degree of freedom, does NOT correlate to changes in the rate of violent crime. The lead author of State Level Firearm Concealed-Carry Legislation and Rates of Homicide and Other Violent Crime is DRGO member Mark Hamill, MD, Department of Surgery, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. I was happy to be asked to contribute to its pre-publication review. He and his group have other studies in the works for JACS, which we are eagerly anticipating.

Please continue asking all the physicians, nurse practitioners and other health care providers you know to enroll at 2ADoc.com if they’d like to join our efforts to serve patients without politicizing or judging their gun ownership. There is great demand for this by people who respect and practice the RKBA, and POTG deserve better than lectures by doctors who don’t know what they don’t know.

Finally, a personal note. I wore a yarmulke and a black cloth tag this week in respect for the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre last weekend. It looks like next week I’ll need to wear a YMCA T-shirt, and who knows the week after. I reviewed the current state of knowledge about mass murderers at GRPC in September (Who Are Mass Murderers and Why Do They Kill?). There is only one single actionable truth. It is impossible to reliably interdict and stop intentional evildoers from executing their plans. Every group must be ready to defend itself if attacked, anywhere, anytime, from anyone.


Robert B Young, MD
Executive Editor,
Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership.

For editorial and publication inquiries, contact Robert B. Young, MD, DRGO Executive Editor: info@DRGO.us

New articles:

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine held a workshop October 17-18 on “Health Systems Interventions to Prevent Firearm Injuries and Death”. DRGO had a great many questions about the limits of health systems’ role in “gun violence” prevention, and ‘MarkPA’ raises them all in his November 1 report Doctors Without Partisans.

From his HaciendaPublishing.com, on October 30 Dr. Faria contributed a book Review: “Showdown: The Looming Crisis Over Gun Control”, published in 2014 by Lenden A. Eakin. He discusses history, current politics, and the necessity of armed defense even in situations that seem unimaginable–which shouldn’t.

We were thrilled to report October 25 that DRGO member Mark Hamill, MD of Virginia Tech’s School of Medicine and colleagues had a paper accepted by the Journal of the American College of Surgery. It’s titled State Level Firearm Concealed-Carry Legislation and Rates of Homicide and Other Violent Crime.  Their conclusion (our title): Concealed-Carry Does NOT Increase Violent Crime.

On October 23 we revisited DRGO at the 2018 Gun Rights Policy Conference, linking video of our three presentations, as well as to the whole 2 day conference–all well worth watching.

‘MarkPA’ had an online conversation that led to thoughts about The Three Boxes of Frederick Douglass, and when “politics by other means” could supersede the ballot box and the jury box.

On October 16 ‘MarkPA’ speculated on potential developments for the RKBA now that Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation has created a 5-4 conservative, but possibly cautious, majority in Once the Court Affirms Right to Carry . . .

A new correspondent, Dr. Larry Trick, documented on October 11 what leaders in colonial and early America had to say about firearms in What is the Second Amendment About? There seemed to be quite the consensus in favor of them.

‘MarkPA’ asked What Can 100 Million Armed Americans Tell Us? on October 9–which is that legal American gun owners are so safe and knowledgeable that we can find the answers to all of our firearm questions from them if we ask.

We heard from ‘Dr. Latebloomer’ October 4 about the therapeutic value of shooting, with its “life-affirming opportunities and friendships”, in The Healing Power of . . . Firearms?

On October 2, we shared Dr. Edeen’s presentation September 23 at the Gun Rights Policy Conference on Emergency Trauma Care at School Shootings. Besides being armed and alert to confront attackers we need to be prepared to treat the wounded.

Media appearances:

On October 31, Dr.Young talked with NRATV’s Cam & Co. about another attempt in Annals of Internal Medicine to promote firearm restrictions, and reported the news about the upcoming Journal of the American College of Surgeons article by DRGO member Mark Hamill, MD et al showing that Concealed-Carry Does NOT Increase Violent Crime.

Dr. Edeen appeared on Eye on the Target–Talking About Guns with Amanda Suffecool and Rob Campbell October 21. His interview begins at 28:00.

Dr.Edeen was also interviewed on KQAM Voice of Reason with Andy Hooser October 3 beginning at 2:08:00. [FWIW, this link would not play for me.]

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