Three Roads to Perdition

By Thomas E. Gift, MD. February 4, 2021

Although for some years the editors of the Journal of the American Medical Association have clearly taken an approach to the Second Amendment that is a threat to civil rights, this article, “Three Interventions to Address the Other Pandemic–Firearm Injury and Death”, is more balanced than might be expected. That said, there is still the usual implication that somehow guns act on their own and if only they would change their behavior things would be better. And if firearm homicides decreasing each decade are “pandemic”, why is that term applied to the worldwide SARS-Cov-2 contagion?

The authors have three recommendations. The first of these is to enhance safe storage of firearms. On the face of it, who could argue? The issue becomes how burdensome such an approach might be. Presumably, we would be safer as automobile drivers if we all wore helmets, but most of us aren’t inclined to take this step due to the inconvenience and burden.

Similar issues arise with regard to firearms. Worse, while helmets presumably wouldn’t make us poorer drivers, some storage methods might make firearms for personal defense less readily available, making them less useful and us less safe if they are suddenly needed. .....

Some thoughts referred to in the full article are possibly over optimistic, particularly with regard to SCOTUS having useful input on draconian anti-gun measures despite the need to maintain constitutional rights. Certainly, when it comes to proclaimed needs for safe weapon's storage, "It seems probable that those favoring safe storage rules laws do not favor teaching firearm safety in schools as a means of reducing accidents involving guns."


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