I saw this video on my local news, and I want to call BULLSHIT.
I will start taking anti-gun propaganda in medical journals seriously when I start seeing articles on heart surgery in Guns & Ammo. I understand their motivations, but an etymology (I’ll bet you didn’t know Conservatives knew words like that!) on the RKBA without addressing societal conditions and having the blanket result of “BAN FIREARMS” has no place in a medical journal. Just like articles on heart surgery has no place in a firearms magazine.
The article gives three examples of “children” being hit by bullets. Two of them were 15+ years old, and two of them stray bullets (not the same two). What really got my ire up was the spokesman for the hospital said, “It’s best not to have a gun in the home at all.”
Really. Well, I’m sure you’re an expert on something, but it’s not firearms.
A quick search pulls up some data from 2007. This data is skewed, since it lists “children 0-19 years old.” I’m sorry, but I consider 15-17 “young adults,” and 18 and 19 year olds, “adults.” Anyway, the statistic lists 138 deaths as unintentional, while 683 deaths as suicide (each of them per 100,000 population). That comes out as 821 deaths by firearms. I excluded homicides, because firearms was the only statistic given.
821 deaths per 100,000 population sounds like a lot, and it is. But when you consider 1,056 “children” drowned, and 6,683 died in motor vehicle accidents (again, each of those per 100,000), it’s way down on the list of deadly things.
In my home, when my son was 4 years old, he could read the rules of firearm safety. I posted a sheet of them, at his eye level, and whenever he came out to the garage to visit me while I was reloading, he had to recite them to me.
Anytime he was curious, I would sit down with him, talked about them, and would answer his questions on his level. I “defanged the serpent” by not making firearms mysterious objects.
When my son was seven, he received a .22LR rifle and he would go to the range and shoot it with me. One time he accidently pointed his (empty) weapon towards the shooter in the next station. I snatched the rifle out of his hands, explained (I did not ‘yell’ at him) what he had done, why it was wrong and that he had broken one of the rules. I then had him apologize to the gentleman he had pointed his rifle towards, and then I brought him to the range master, had him explain what he had done and apologized to the range master. My son then had to sit behind me on the bench while I continued to shoot. Do you know what? Lesson learned, he never did anything like that again.
Now, after all that, did I just leave loaded weapons all around the house? No. Did I keep my son out of the rooms where firearms were located when I was not in those rooms? Of course. Did I keep the weapon, magazine and ammunition in three separate places? No. I used something called COMMON SENSE. My weapons were secured when they were not in my presence, the members of my family had age appropriate training on firearms use and I didn’t have a problem.
Bottom line: Doctors should not engage in telling others how and when to be armed in defense of ourselves and our families. I do not kibbutz them during an operation, they should return the favor.
Physician, heal thyself.