Desperate to push gun control on the American people, liberal activists are forming an unsavory alliance with health care professionals determined to classify gun ownership as a public health crisis.
According to The Washington Post, doctors across the country are reportedly asking their patients whether or not they have a gun at home after a recent push by public health researchers to classify gun violence as a health issue. Whether or not a patient owns a gun is irrelevant to their doctor and their overall health. The best response to these prying questions is to say, “Why no, doctor, there are no guns in my home!”
Dr. Paul Hsieh from Denver is taking issue with his fellow physicians’ recent trend of asking patients if they have guns in the home. In an opinion piece for Forbes, Dr. Hsieh argues that gun violence is not a public health issue, and it is none of doctors’ business.
Dr. Hsieh offers multiple reasons for why liberal doctors and gun control advocates are wrong for approaching gun violence as a public health issue.
First, using terms like ‘epidemic’ to refer to gun violence is not just misleading, but it is also incorrect. Epidemic specifically refers to contagious diseases spreading rapidly through a population. Gun violence, by contrast, is not contagious. Gun violence is never spread accidentally.
Physicians can offer the government guidance on how to handle genuine epidemics, but illegal use of a firearm is not in any sense a contagious disease. Worse yet, Dr. Hsieh argues that by treating gun violence as an epidemic, we are detracting attention from actual medical emergencies.
Additionally, gun homicides have been on the decline since their peak in 1993. Referring to gun violence as an epidemic insinuates that it is spreading, when in reality, it is shrinking.
Most importantly, however, Dr. Hsieh warns liberal doctors not to push gun violence as a public health issue because they might not like what they find.
The moral posturing of medical professionals and public health researchers is clear. These are people who support gun control in their personal lives and they are using the authority granted by their profession to push their personal values.
However, considering gun violence a public health issue does not produce the results many gun control advocates would expect. Dr. Hsieh explains that when considering the damage inflicted by guns, one should also consider the lives saved by guns.
For example, a study published by economist Mark Gius suggests that strict gun control laws actually increase the rate of gun violence. The study found that “states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. … These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders.”
This study supports the personal experience of Detroit police chief James Craig who credits Detroit’s falling crime rates to “better police work and criminals being reluctant to prey on citizens who may be carrying guns.”
Pushing gun control through the doctor’s office is not only a misleading invasion of privacy, it is also a failed attempt to push liberal policies under the guise of objective science.