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  •  Why isn't anyone tailing about how much gun (9+ / 0-)

    violence costs us literally?  That guy Cheney shot in the face? We taxpayers paid the hospital and doctor's bills since he was on Medicare.  

    When I was a resident at University Medical Center in Tucson (the hospital that saved Gabby Gifford's life and tried to save Christina Taylor Greene) we had a bunch of border area ranchers that started to shoot unarmed migrants on or near their land.  One man had his dominant hand wrist blown through.  His medical care alone cost taxpayers six figures.  Finally the sheriff's dept. visited the ranchers and told them they may be liable for the medical bills their targets were racking up.  That stopped the shooting real quick!

    •  Ah, but you are a physician (3+ / 0-)
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      So you are logical, and you are used to thinking in terms of cost-benefit analysis, some conception of best practices, and your goal is to reduce morbitity and mortality.  None of those considerations hold, sadly, when it comes to public policy on firearms. It's an uphill battle getting people to think logically about costs and benefits with this issue. Congress defunded the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at CDC in 1996 and has prevented the agency from engaging in anything that could be considered to "promote or advocate for gun control." JAMA article here: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/...

      And in 2011 in Florida, Gov Valdemort signed a bill that places a health care provider's license at risk if s/he discusses firearm safety in a way that a board deems "irrelevant" - which seems pretty stupid given that a physician or mental health worker may be the best person to prevent a suicide.  Ditto - Congress passed a law preventing US military commanders from discussing private gun ownership with their direct reports, which strikes me as utterly bizarre and unhelpful given the possibility of service members inflicting harm on themselves and others.  

      But... this is where we are as a country.  This is the sort of irrational approach we have to this topic.  It's not just guns either.  They tried to shut up NOAA on climate change. It is shocking that in area after area of public policy, people can't apply cost-benefit analysis, research, or even openly communicate.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:04:17 PM PST

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