Gun control refers to domestic regulation of firearm manufacture, trade, possession, use, and transport, specifically with regard to the class of weapons referred to as small arms revolvers and self-loading pistolsrifles and carbinesassault riflessubmachine guns and light machine guns. In particular, a number of quantitative studies tend towards demonstrating a firearm prevalence-homicide association. The three laws most strongly associated with reduced firearm mortality were laws requiring universal background checksbackground checks for ammunition sales, and identification for guns. The same study concluded that "These findings suggest that more restrictive gun sales laws and gun dealer regulations do make it more difficult for criminals to acquire new guns first purchased at retail outlets.
The medical scholarship does a reasonably good job of quantifying firearms deaths. But the literature is so full of ignorant statements about how guns function, hostility to the notion that guns might sometimes have a pharmakopic effect the victim's gun serving as a "remedy" to the criminal's gunvicious denunciations of gun owners, and a complete incomprehension as to why anyone would actually own a gun as to be of very limited value in formulating gun control policy.
There is no effort to enter the world of the gun owner, to see guns as gun owners see them. Accordingly, the medical literature regarding guns is generally as flat and sterile as would be research about wines written by a hard-shell Baptist preacher whose lips have never tasted a drop.
As Blumer observed, "the scholar who lacks firsthand familiarity is highly unlikely to recognize that he is missing anything" Fujimara's description of "doable problems" in scientific research helps explain in part why there has been such an explosion of mediocre research about guns in the medical research community.
The data from the official records is already present, needing only to be quantified and analyzed. The research is also doable in that there are abundant resources for such studies provided by grants awarded by the federal Centers for Disease Control to researchers seen as likely to support the CDC's strict gun control agenda.
And the research is doable in that unlike the vast majority of ordinary medical researchprospects are high for publication in prestigious professional journals like the New England Journal of Medicine; the researcher may also enjoy laudatory interviews on National Public Radio, and find his research reported uncritically in the news media, restated in newspaper editorials, and turned into an enduring factoid of the gun control argument.
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Although the medical literature takes the form of ordinary medical research, the analysis often fails to conform to basic principles of common sense that are applied to ordinary disease research Suter, For example, the fact that there is an inverse relationship between the prevalence of the suspected disease vector guns and the "disease" firearm fatalities --in that rural or wealthier populations have more guns per capita but far fewer firearms fatalities than do core urban areas with lower gun densities--ought to but does not lead medical researchers to question whether the cause of the disease involves something other than just guns such as the collapse of family and community.
InLouis Pasteur discovered that he could make chickens sick by injecting them with cholera germs. But a few years later, Max von Pettenkofer a professor of hygiene in Munich drank a cup of pure cholera germs, with no ill effect.
Pettenkofer is credited with establishing that germs by themselves do not cause infection; there must also be a susceptible population and a suitable environment.
In the case of inner-city male minority teenagers, there is plainly a population and environment susceptible to the "disease" of p. Yet the medical research about the disease looks almost exclusively at guns, and pays little attention to the factors that have made one particular portion of the population immensely more susceptible to the violence disease than every other part of the population.
But to point out the illogic or methodological deficiencies of the public health approach to violence control is to miss the whole point.
Medicalization of the social problem of violence has less to do with curing violence than with expanding the sphere of medical control of the rest of society.
Indeed, the public health program of attacking ideological opponents rather than proposing useful disease reduction programs is hardly new to the late 20th century. In the 15th century, the "public health" community of the day put its effort into burning witches whose practice of herbal and other folk remedies threatened the male-dominated medical and religious systems' ideological monopolies and ignored disease-reducing programs such as rat control.
Today, the Centers for Disease Control makes the funding of firearms-related research a top priority, but accords a far lower priority to domestic violence, even though the CDC's own research shows domestic violence to be a far greater risk factor for death and injury Blackman, What is most striking, ideologically, about much of the medical research is the tone with which it is presented.
The notion that gun control should be considered a "public health" issue is taken as proof that the debate on gun control is over; all that remains is to implement to prohibitionist prescriptions of the medical experts, as public health experts "succeed in shifting the debate over firearms and violence from the political to the scientific arena.
While criminologists tend to present their research as simply one item which may be of use in shaping public policy, there is a sense of outrage among much of the medical literature that the United States has not yet followed the prescription of the "public health" community by outlawing handguns and severely restricting all other guns.
Turning gun control over to the prescriptions of the self-appointed medical technocracy might, however, endanger public safety. Several centuries ago, physicians treated wounds by caring for the weapon that caused it.
By the armarium uguentum, prescribed for gunshot and other wounds in"If the wound is large, the weapon with which the patient has been wounded should be anointed daily; otherwise, every two or three days.
The weapon should be kept in pure linen and a warm place but not too hot, nor squalid, lest the patient suffer harm" Bechker, Today, it would seem absurd to deal with gunshot wounds by treating the gun rather than the wound.Economy news and analysis from The Nation.
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