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