Crime is not a health problem. Murder is not a disease.
When people who claim to be guided by the rules of science start throwing around overheated rhetoric like that, they lose all credibility.
CHICAGO — With frustration mounting over lawmakers’ inaction on gun control, the American Medical Association on Tuesday pressed for a ban on assault weapons and came out against arming teachers as a way to fight what it calls a public health crisis.
Chicago. How fitting.
Also gang violence is not a public health crisis. Shooting people does damage their health. But the cause is not medical, only the ultimate problem is. Nor is it environmental. It’s not behavioral or even mental.
It’s bad people doing bad things. And we don’t tend to treat those as a public health crisis.
If the AMA wants to start doing that, I look forward to its position on muggings or burglaries. (But those are politically correct crimes, so it’s okay.)
At its annual policymaking meeting, the nation’s largest physicians group bowed to unprecedented demands from doctor-members to take a stronger stand on gun violence — a problem the organizations says is as menacing as a lethal infectious disease.
Considering that it’s 2018, comparing gun violence to a lethal infectious disease doesn’t mean much.
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