Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Anthony Martin:Doctors fight back against new role as gun control arbiters

Within the new Obamacare law is a provision that critics say places their doctors, nurses, and hospitals in the role of arbiters in the push for more gun control. A previous Examiner report exposed that fact.

But many doctors are fighting back. They don't want to be gun control arbiters. They do not see such a thing as being part of their role as medical care providers. And even if they were forced into such a role, they see themselves as ill-equipped to make such decisions.

The doctors in particular cite statistics that do not match the government rhetoric concerning guns. Most "mentally ill" patients, for example, are harmless according to medical statistics gathered over a period of decades.
Herschel Smith of The Captain's Journal quotes Dr. J. Michael Bostwick of the Mayo Clinic:
“We physicians generally do not know enough about firearms to have an informed conversation with our patients, let alone counsel them about gun safety.
-- Even if every mentally ill person in the country were registered, the system isn’t prepared to handle them — and only about half of the states require registration.
-- Only about 10 percent of mentally ill people are registered — and these are people who have been committed, they’ve come to attention in a way that requires court intervention.
-- Literature says the vast majority of people who do these kinds of shootings are not mentally ill — or it is recognized after the fact.
-- The majority of mentally ill people aren’t dangerous."

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