Quick response to ER physician who referred to the “5-times more likely” to be shot study

The ER physician who called into the big radio show today during the last half of the first hour referred to a “study” that showed you were five times more likely to be killed by a firearm if you owned one or had one in the home.

What really disturbs me about the ER physician who called in was that he never got the point. His opinion is so narrowly focused that even when Jim specifically wanted to discuss the real issue – mental illness and how we treat it as a taboo – he refused to even recognize the problem. He still went after the guns, and this guy was a physician!

The study he mentioned has been debunked. It’s a myth … he didn’t state the name or source of the study since every study that showed such “data” has been shown to leave out important information.

One such study “estimated that people with a gun were 4.5 times more likely to be shot in an assault than those not possessing a gun.” Oh really? What was the sample? Hidden was the fact that those getting shot were mainly directly associated with criminal activity when they were shot.

This just in … you’re ten times more likely to be in a car accident if you’re in a car, and if you’re driving in a car recklessly your 20 times more likely to be in an accident! Do something!

Maybe David the ER physician should ask why the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission does not include the rate of gun accidents in their annual report? The number is so low, it does not make the list. Of all accidental deaths, a firearm is associated with 0.6 percent of them. It shouldn’t happen, but you’re five times more likely to drown or burn to death.

Guns don’t really reduce crime … another myth. If a criminal knows or sees someone is carrying a firearm – or if he or she knows there is a possibility a citizen might be carrying – how do statistics track how many crimes did not happen? How can we tell how many burglaries never happened because the criminal saw the alarm sign or the keypad? How can we tell how many car break-ins did not happen because a car was parked under a street light?

Doctor David … how do you explain the drop in violent crimes – including those using guns – across the United States while the number of guns sold in the USA has gone up? Read the FBI data reports. Of course, people get shot and killed in Chicago every day. How’s that gun ban working out there?

Registered nurses kill or injure thousands in hospitals

Hey doc, how many people are killed by mistakes physicians make in the hospital every year?

8 replies
  1. JBS
    JBS says:

    David, seeking instant credibility as a doctor, instead reveals himself as a shallow shill for the? Liberal agenda by citing a debunked and phony study.
    David, if you even really exist, you have been used. Not only that, you have shamelessly sought to capitalize of the media sensation surrounding the murder of a football player’s girlfriend and his suicide. You need a large dose of humanity and humility.

  2. Gary J
    Gary J says:

    Doncha love it when Jim catches people like this “Doc” ?? Now if this doc. is found out. A prime target for home invasion? Get a dog Doc. Oops they bite and make a bloody mess too maybe just give your things away huh? Then maybe just maybe the intruder will let you alone.

  3. ricbee
    ricbee says:

    ?This guy was probably a liar but if not isn’t it amazing how one can be so brainwashed that facts mean nothing?

  4. cherwin
    cherwin says:

    Idiot! When will there be some accountability for behavior, instead of always finding a scapegoat? As they say guns don’t shoot people, people shoot people.
    It’s kind of like saying,? “If there were no ropes in houses, there would be no hangings or if there were no knives in our kitchen drawers, there would be no stabbings. or if there were no pills there would be no overdoses. If people want to kill themselves or others they will find a way. Whether it’s a gun, a knife, a pill or anything other numerous weapons.
    Objects don’t kill! ?
    Think about it Doc. What you said was ridiculous!?

  5. SeeingRed
    SeeingRed says:

    He still went after the guns, and this guy was a physician!

    …sure he was, and I’m Little Red Riding Hood.? He was at least a?liberal and?sounded a lot like?an academic.? They?love citing mundane ‘studys’?to bolster/bully home thier point(s) in a classroom.? Or maybe he was just your average Obama supporter.? Six of one….?

  6. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    I have taught plenty of med students, and the phrase “first in your class, last in your class, they still call you doctor” comes to mind.? Clearly, Mr. “ER” was a bottom feeder.

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