It figures that just when an effort is being made to push money for gun research back into the budget of the CDC, that the Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership would crawl out from underneath their rock and once again simply lie to the American public about the medical risks of guns. These guys have been around for the last twenty years and even though they claim to represent a large group of physicians, I have never found a single doctor who would admit to being involved with these charlatans because what they say about guns and medicine is simply an attempt to promote gun ownership without the slightest shred of evidence that supports anything they claim to be true.
Their latest attempt to use the fact that they claim to be real physicians in order to pretend that what they say is scientifically-based is a little meme on their Facebook page which purports to give the true ‘data’ about gun violence, in particular the number of lives lost each year because of guns. Their post begins with the statement that 32,000 ‘firearm-related’ deaths a year are, in fact, a number in decline. Actually, the 2014 number is 33,599, which is up from the 2011 total of 32,351. In fact, the number has been rising steadily since 2000 when it hit a low-point of 28,663. Where do I get my numbers which show a 17% increase since Y2K? The same place those schmucks claim to have gotten their numbers: the CDC. Moving right along.
They then claim that 80% of all gun homicides are the result of crimes and participation in gang activity. Now to begin with, they give the number as 10,560 when in fact the real number of gun-related homicides is 10,945. You might think this is a trifle to be upset about, but remember we are talking about doctors who are supposed to use evidence-based data to support their point of view. So either the number is correct or its wrong.
More important, their statement about 80% of gun homicides being the work of criminals or gang members is simply not true. According to the FBI, less than 20% of all gun homicides take place during the commission of violent crimes. And somewhere around another 5% of all gun homicides are listed as involving criminal activities between gangs. Most gun homicides are crimes after the fact because they take place as a result of a domestic or other dispute and until someone decides to end the argument by pulling out a gun, no crime has usually occurred. Moving right along.
Having decided that only 5% of all gun homicides take place outside of criminal events, these medical frauds then concoct the usual statistic designed to show that there’s really no gun violence in America by simply taking the number of murders left over after eliminating just about everyone killed with a gun, dividing that number by the total American population and declaring that “America does not have a gun problem.”
I’ll tell you what America has right now. It has two or three men claiming to be physicians who simply invent whatever numbers they want to invent in order to serve as shameless shills for the NRA. That’s all these guys are: shills and stupid ones at that. You would think that if they wanted to convince any physician that their numbers mean anything at ball, that at least they would copy the numbers correctly from the CDC.
But the truth is that these phonies aren’t looking to convince other physicians of the rightness of their cause. They are simply trying to make sure that any time the issue of gun violence and medicine comes up, they’ll get a call to appear on Fox News, the NRA video channel or some other media channel that will help them spread their exaggerations, untruths and outright lies. God bless America, even quacks like this bunch can find a warm rock under which to build a nest.