Those who are divorced from reality

NOTE: Before you read any further, please consider bidding on an 8×10 print of a palace building in Korea. All proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. Click here to check it out. Thank you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 39,518 suicides in the United States in 2011 (the year for which there are the most recent data). That’s just the reported/confirmed suicides. I’ll write about that a little bit more later. Of those suicides in 2011, 19,990 were by firearm. That’s half of suicides. Those 19,990 suicides by firearm are more than the number of murders (of all types) in the US in 2011. How many more? Over 5,000 more. When the National Rifle Association (NRA) goes after the nominee for Surgeon General because he dares say/opine/think that guns are a public health problem, you have to think about it for a second. Are guns a public health problem?

Measles in Pakistan: Politics, People, and Guns

[row][span size=’5′]A lot of bad things have come together in Pakistan to produce an outbreak of measles that is incredible in its scope and size. According to news reports, there have been almost 12,000 cases reported in the Punjab region of Pakistan over the last 5 months. That’s 2,400 cases per month, or about 80 cases per day. It’s just too big to understand.[/span][span size=’3′][show-map id=’9′][/span][/row]

Gun violence as a virus

This post is about Public Health, Gun Violence, the Second Amendment, and a couple of other things. Walk away now if you feel that this is something you can’t stomach. You’ve been warned. There is an interesting thread going on right now on LinkedIn. It was started off as a blog post in which the author compared gun violence to a virus that can be staved off through herd immunity. The thesis of that blog post is that gun violence, if seen as a virus, can be contained through herd immunity. In essence, it can be contained through having everyone armed to the teeth so that if someone should happen to walk into that crowd with the intent to kill, the armed (i.e. “immunized”) people in the crowd can stop the incident with their own guns.