Tag: #guncontrol

EpiRen’s Journal Club: Firearm-Related Hospitalization and Risk of Bad Stuff Thereafter, in Washington State, Between 2006 and 2011

This study is pretty interesting… Researchers in Washington State took hospital records from 2006 and 2007 and found all the firearm-related hospitalizations (FRH) through diagnosis codes. They then matched those cases with hospitalized patients who were not hospitalized for FRH. They used frequency matching, which is one of the various types of matching you do when conducting a case-control or retrospective cohort…

Guns and Suicide

This is going to be about suicide. Please click here to be taken to something lighter if you don’t feel like reading this today. It will always be here for you to read. I won’t get offended if you go check out puppies. I’m not really surprised when I hear that firearms are the preferred method of suicide in the…

How Can You Argue With Logic Like That?

I made the mistake the other day of engaging someone on Facebook about arming teachers. She argued for the arming of schoolteachers because… Well, see her rationale: “My question to you is why do we guard money insured by the fdic with guns and not our children? Our politicians (even anti gun ones) are guarded by personnel with guns. Why…

Is Gun Violence the Symptom or the Disease?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are about 33,500 firearm deaths each year in the United States. There are also within those about 21,300 suicides by firearm each year in the United States. That’s over 50,000 a lot of people each year whose lives are ended by firearms. (Edit: I corrected the numbers. See the comment by…

The Most Important of All Rights

The one argument that always amazes me from the people who love guns in the extreme is that the Second Amendment to the US Constitution is the most important of the amendments since it protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. They’ll tell me that it was that “basic right” that allowed the United States to…

Imagine This, but with Guns…

One of the most common counter-arguments from people who oppose any form of gun control is that people will kill people with other “tools” if guns are not around. They’ll say that guns are just “tools” and that it’s the “bad” person holding the gun who has a say in whether or not someone will get killed with a gun.…

What happens when you bring a gun to a road rage? Well, nothing good, of course!

Did you hear the sad story of Tammy Meyers, her son Brandon, and one Erich Nowsch? No? A sad series of coincidences and very bad decisions (though they are all adults) brought them together on the streets of Las Vegas… With deadly consequences. This story should serve as a warning about the intersection of gun culture, mental health, drug addiction, lack of impulse control, and lack of dealing with each other in a civilized way. And, no, this is not an anti-gun blog post.

Yes, gun violence is a public health problem

I’ve come to expect a certain degree of professionalism and competence from people with the letters “MD” after their name. I’ll give “RNs” and “PAs” a pass most of the time. But physicians? They’re in school longer than some people live, so why is it that some of them get so many medical and public issues so — in my opinion — wrong?

Here’s the story of one such doctor…