Skip to comments.The Atlantic: Doctors Most Qualified to Decide Who's Fit to Carry a Gun
Posted on 06/30/2014 10:03:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
On June 30 The Atlantic ran a column focused on treating firearms as "a public health crisis" and allowing physicians "to determine who is fit to carry a gun."
According to The Atlantic, "all U.S. states allow citizens to carry certain concealed weapons in public for lawful purposes, with the exception of felons, persons proven to abuse controlled substances, individuals with a history of domestic violence, and those deemed mentally unstable or dangerous."
Citing the caveat regarding "those deemed mentally unstable or dangerous," The Atlantic explains that "some states may... require" a physician to sign off on a concealed carry permit application before one is issued. This points to an opportunity for physicians in all states on this matter, because "gun violence" is increasingly described as "a public health crisis."
After all, "the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and U.S. Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy are calling gun violence a public health crisis," which provides a basis for viewing doctors "as a crucial link in the prevention chain."
A survey of physician attitudes on this subject printed in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that 59 percent of responding physicians do not believe they can "accurately assess whether [their] patient is physically capable of safely using a concealed weapon."(continued)
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More leftist insanity
Crimiinals don’t have to jump thru all these silly hoops.
...the right of the people to keep an bear arms shall not be infringed...
(no registration, no licenses, no taxes, no testing, no mandated classes, no nothing! that’s not a perfect system but there IS no perfect system and it IS probably about as good an approach as ever devised. More to the point, it is the American constitutional approach... so should be followed by “our” government...)
I’m quite sure the US constitution has that covered already but I wouldn’t be surprised that someone named Iulia didn’t understand that.
Welcome to my world these last 31 years: I haven’t had a US born doctor at the VA since I started going there after leaving the service in 1983.
I work with medical doctors every day. Believe me when I say, there are plenty of US born doctors that would be quite happy to infringe on your right to keep and bear arms.
Leftists will go down any avenue in their quest to disarm political enemies.
When they start talking about commentators and reporters needing to have a certificate of approval from a doctor and a psychologist prior to practicing their First Amendment right wake me up.
I know alot of doctors and some have insane personal lives so I don’t consider them to be the best at making such decisions.
Get used to it.
By 2022, after the next Census, the Democrats will take permanent control of the White House, the Senate, the House, and the Supreme Court.
And they will “Come and take them.”
Or try, anyway.
The Secret Service: ‘Justice, duty, courage and honesty.’
If someone was able to slap a sticker under Barry’s window, mebbe they should add ‘vigilance’?
Can these guys be trusted with guns? They sound a little irresponsible ...
A Molon Labe sticker on 0’s ride. Doodness dwacious dwanny!
it is amazing, and quite frustrating... that you can spend years studying the constitution and American history and political theory...
only to see that so many people treat all of the above (and thus, our raison d’etre as well as our most basic liberties)
Hahahaha! The only real explanation that works is that one of them did it. I used to guard Vice President Bush when he visited the base where I worked and you couldn’t get within 100 yards of his vehicle unless you worked there like me or were in the guard detail, and things were much looser back then than they are now. The Secret Service, for the most part, are very conservative.
When I worked in an office, my boss was a big Democrat, a real lefty, and had a stick up his butt about politics; in all other things a pretty good guy, if a little stiff. We fished together.
I stuck an NRA sticker on the back bumper of his Dodge Stratus,just enough so it could easily be peeled off. And I forgot about it.
A month later he found it and was livid! His buddies thought he’d gone ‘rogue’ I suppose. Heh. He’s dead now. Worried too much maybe.
That's actually terrifying, as it implies 41% of doctors are either ambivalent or supportive of gun-grabbing government Goosesteppers. Considering that we aren't even allowed to choose our doctor anymore, doctors will probably receive a lot of government moolah to promote Bolshevist gun-grabbing programs. Doctors who are more cautious on making mental health statements will be priced out in favor of those who support the Obamunist agenda.
Dr.’s are whack jobs themselves....
What’s more, crime victims will sue the MD.
BTW - Did you notice that AP believes ... molon labe ... is Latin ...?
Note to The Atlantic: I don’t think so Skippy. Doctors are NOT qualified to decide who’s fit to carry a gun because most of them know absolutely nothing about them. That’s like me saying I can so brain surgery because I read a book and took a 50 question multiple choice test. Would you want me to do brain surgery on you? I thought not.
Latin, French - whatever. All them foreign words are Greek to me.
Because they’ve done so well with the mentally disturbed, and all criminals follow the law. Yep.
I was under the impression that “who’s fit to carry a gun” was already decided - December 15, 1791 - when the Bill of Rights was adopted.
This will backfire bigtime.
“Doctor - he has a pulse!”
“That’s fine. Sir - you can pick up your choice of guns in the waiting area and we will add it to your checkup.”
Seems very Soviet like approach.
“Molon Labe” is latin? Who knew?
Good point. The secret service takes their job seriously, unlike most other federal employees. That is funny that a secret service person put that sticker on the beast. Now that the ice has been broken, what other stickers will be found on the obamamobile?
I think that used to be true, but lately there have been a good number of incidents of them partying like rock stars.
Yep. Forgot about that.
So maybe someone did get past the secret service.
Lets see I’m trying to find the part of the 2nd amendment that says the right to bear arms shall not be infringed as long as the doctor says its OK. :-)
doctors should be doing medicine, not deciding who has constitutional rights....
Guns don’t kill people, doctors do. :-)
I love it.
Agreed. As it is, most of them think that they should be in charge of everything.
Of course many of those deaths were going to happen without doctors being involved too.
Well I was just being snarky but for the most part doctors are not good for your health. If you go to a doctor they feel morally obliged to find something wrong with you and give you a drug for it.
Doctors vs. Gunowners
Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services
Statistics courtesy of FBI
The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000
The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000
(Yes, thats right, 80 million)
Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year: 120,000
Accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups: 1,500
Accidental deaths per physician: 0.171
Accidental deaths per gun owner: 0.000188
So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.
Remember, Guns dont kill people, doctors do.
FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.
Please alert your friends to this alarming threat to our safety.