This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, June 18, 2018:
It wasn’t that long ago that the American Medical Association had a reasonable position on violence committed by criminals using a firearm: it proposed strict penalties on those using the weapons and not on the innocent law-abiding owners of firearms not involved in the commission of the crime:
That while the increasing number of homicides by use of handguns is a depressing reality, and there is little evidence that new Federal gun control legislation will ameliorate this situation (emphasis added), the American Medical Association urges the enactment of strict penalties for the use of firearms in the commission of crimes.
By the 1980s, the AMA had reversed itself and began supporting various gun control schemes that focused on the weaponry. In 1988, for example, the AMA called for a ban on the new polymer Glock pistols because they were allegedly undetectable by metal detectors. It also called on the Consumer Products Safety Commission to regulate the manufacture and sale of firearms as a precursor to shutting down the industry altogether.
In the 1990s, the AMA called for a seven-day waiting period for handgun purchases along with a ban on all semi-automatic rifles and hollow-point self-defense ammunition. In 1992 the AMA Journal called for a national “system of gun registration and licensing for gun owners and users.”
Now, however, the AMA’s ultimate goal has been revealed. Following its annual meeting in Chicago last week, the group proposed a laundry list of incursions into the precious rights of law-abiding gun owners that, if implemented, would ultimately disarm all American gun-owners.
AMA’s immediate Past President David O. Barbe, MD, started off by claiming that gun violence is a public health crisis:
People are dying of gun violence in our homes, churches, schools, on street corners, and at public gatherings, and it’s important that lawmakers, policy leaders and advocates on all sides seek common ground to address this public health crisis.
In emergency rooms across the country the carnage of gun violence has become a too routine experience.
Every day physicians are treating suicide victims, victims of domestic violence, and men and women simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. It doesn’t have to be this way, and we urge lawmakers to act.
Absent from Barbe’s “explanation” was any discussion of the number of victims being treated in emergency rooms across the country as a result of car crashes (more than 37,000 die in them every year), poisoning (more than 47,000 die every year due to overdoses), or unintentional falls (responsible for more than 33,000 deaths every year).
But that would have muddied the water. Instead the AMA’s House of Delegates (HOD) offered the following “solutions” to the “gun violence” problem: 1) expanding ERPOs (extreme risk protection orders) and GVROs (gun violence restraining orders) to include not only family members but household visitors and dating partners; 2) prohibiting anyone under a domestic violence restraining order or convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime or stalking from possessing a firearm; 3) those under such orders have their data entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System; and 4) demanding that every school in the country be a “gun free zone” while opposing any school board’s requirements or incentives of teachers to carry weapons on campus.
But the biggest expansion of previously recommended incursions into precious rights is this: delegates at the annual meeting supported banning “the sale and ownership to the public of all assault-type weapons, bump stocks and related devices, high-capacity magazines and armor-piercing bullets.” The AMA’s House of Delegates (HOD) went even further, demanding “the licensing of every owner of a firearm in the country, and the registration of every firearm owned in the country.”
Such registration is the final step towards gun confiscation. Potential tyrants from Hitler to Mao have known the danger of an armed citizenry:
The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. – Adolph Hitler
All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns. That way, no guns can ever be used to command the party. – Mao Tse Tung
No doubt remains any longer about the intent of the AMA’s list of “solutions” to “gun violence.” If implemented, those “solutions” would push the republic all the way down the road to a military-style police state dictatorship.
So much for “doing no harm.”
CDC.gov: Accidents or Unintentional Injuries