Wednesday, May 15, 2013

When is Gun Control Not Political?

When it’s “public health,” lead by meddling doctors:

To pediatricians, gun control is a public health issue, not a political one. But they’re treading a fine line, and they know it.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has begun a renewed push to try to get Congress to pass gun control measures, sending more than 100 pediatricians to Capitol Hill earlier this month.

Gun control is always political. Doctors should focus on healing patience, not butting their noses in where they don’t belong.

Miller’s done research on gun deaths using what CDC data he could get — dating from before Congress cut its funding.

He divided the U.S. population in half, classifying half as living in high-gun-ownership states and half in low-gun-ownership states. In the “high gun states,” 21,148 people were murdered between 1988 and 1997, compared with 7,266 in the “low gun states”.  He found 369 kids up to 14 of age who were murdered using guns in states with high rates of gun ownership; 97 were killed deliberately with guns in low-ownership states.

That’s just simply bogus. There’s no earthly reason to make that kind of division unless you’re trying to get a result. It’s possible to analyze the 50 states individually, without arbitrarily dividing your data points. But there’s probably a reason he did that. With murder rates there’s no correlation to gun ownership. There’s also no real trend when it comes to Brady scores. There isn’t a correlation Internationally, and nor do suicide rates correlate.

These people have an agenda, they are willing to lend the credibility of their profession to bad research and lies, and their funding for this kind of garbage must remain cut off.


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