Ban The Doctors!

Hillary Clinton Speaks At Event At Center For American ProgressThis week we have been treated to the ridiculous picture of Hillary Clinton giving her best stump speech, railing against guns. Those mean guns are out there are killing lots of people, she says. There’s over 30,000 people killed by guns every year, and we cannot let that happen, the woman continues.

Of course, everybody knows that very few of those killed are in a mass murder situation, and then there are those poor Chicago black kids killed by their black neighbors. There are accidents and suicides, Dick Cheney notwithstanding. By the time you work your way through the numbers, Hillary is obviously out to lunch.

Just in case you are curious, here’s the Wikipedia write-up.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, firearms (excluding BB and pellet guns) were used in 84,258 nonfatal injuries (26.65 per 100,000 U.S. citizens) [2] and 11,208 deaths by homicide (3.5 per 100,000),[3] 21,175 by suicide with a firearm,[4] 505 deaths due to accidental discharge of a firearm,[4] and 281 deaths due to firearms-use with “undetermined intent”[5] for a total of 33,169 deaths related to firearms (excluding firearm deaths due to legal intervention). 1.3% of all deaths in the country were related to firearms.[1][6]

Of course, we all know that a gun is not necessary for suicide. My son killed himself with a CAT5 cable. You don’t see me marching to ban Ethernet cables, do you? That would be stupid. He might have used a gun, but we knew he was suicidal and refused to have a gun in the house.

OK. That’s a lot of folks being injured and killed with guns. However, it helps to take a look at the real story of deaths in the United States. Take a seat, because more people are killed in automobile accidents every year than in gun related murders, suicides, and mass murders.

But, wait. There’s even more to the story than Hillary Clinton’s raspy intonations. The number three killer of citizens in the United States is not guns, traffic accidents, or Coca-Cola. The third highest killer in the United States is our medical industry.

Say what?

That’s right. Over 100,000 people in the United States of America are killed by their medical doctors every year. No, this is not people who otherwise would have been dead, and the doctor could not get to them in time. These are people with major and minor illnesses that trusted the medical industry in the United States and died for their trouble.

There’s a term for this phenomenon, and it is iatrogenesis. I have blogged on this before, and it looks like a good time to remind folks of what’s happening.

Of course, Hillary doesn’t talk about this huge problem. Instead she homes in on a relatively small problem, but one with big political support, mostly from liberals who simply cannot figure out when to come in out of the rain. The gun control solutions are irrational. No surprise, there.

You see, with millions of firearms in the hands of Americans at the present, it is beyond rational to take those guns away. We are guaranteed the right to bear arms, and with the rise in terrorist actions world-wide, it is obvious that we need those guns.

When seconds matter, you need a gun. Terrorists and home invaders will not wait for the police to show up. No, they are long gone, and you may be long dead by the time law enforcement gets there.

So, our unthinking former Secretary of State can rave all she wants, but we will never give up our guns.

Guns don’t kill people, doctors do!

11 thoughts on “Ban The Doctors!”

  1. You see, with millions of firearms in the hands of Americans at the present…..

    Spot on. The gun control fascists seemingly fail to realize that guns are durable goods. Properly [or even casually] maintained, they can remain in good working order for hundreds of years. So while Clinton and the rest of the cabal might think they’re striving to save lives in the present, they’re actually condemning future generations to a death toll heretofore unseen. Even the absolute lowest estimate of instances of defensive gun use [brandishing/warning/firing], even from liberal sources……top the annual violent crime rate [w/firearms]. That fact, along with basic education and understanding of the fundamentals of firearms [such as “assault weapons” aren’t]….is either lost upon the gun control cabal…or conveniently ignored. Because the gun grabbing minions are sheep.

  2. CI: Thanks for the comment.

    Before my son did himself in, I would not have a gun in the house. Now, things are different. If there would have been one Riverside County employee packing at the Christmas party, things might have turned out differently. It is easy for me to say these things, but at least somebody would have had a fighting chance. I am all for reasonable gun control, i.e., don’t let crazy bastards have them. I also realize it is an almost impossible task.

    So, the more guns, the better as far as I am concerned.

  3. I didn’t read the whole thing because I couldn’t. But I will tell you this, which may not be to the point. I believe democrats intend to use denial/delay of health care to solve their social security bankruptcy problem. Maybe most of the repubblekins too, Extending the concept – If social security can go bankrupt why can welfare/wic not go bankrupt?

  4. Bob, I don’t see why it’s an impossible task to keep the guns out of the hands of crazies, except for the Republicans, frankly. What the heck is wrong with tightening the rules at gun shows, for example? And who does want a terrorist on a no-fly list but okay to buy a GUN? It makes NO sense. But the R’s are afraid they might be on that list and suddenly decide to carry…REALLY? How big a percentage of folks is that?

    this ticks me off and REALLY sours me against my own Republicans on this issue……it has to be easier than it is to stop loons from getting guns…if a few sane people can’t carry because they got caught in some technical situation that did keep loons from owning them, so be it. Isn’t that worth a shot? (oops…unintended pun there!)

  5. The gun landscape is a case on numbers, now. There is no way the government can 1) confiscate all guns, and 2) defeat a black market in guns. There probably is a pretty large black market in guns, now, and there is no way to keep bad guys from buying what they want.

    I think our psychological community could do a LOT more about the problem with the crazies, but it takes cops and government spies to get to the terrorist.

    The whole point of my article is that there are several areas where orders of magnitude more people are killed than just with guns. I am very serious that the medical community kills more US Citizens than any war in recent times. 150,000 people killed by doctors is shameful, and nobody ever talks about it. I guess I am a bit goofy for comparing malicious gun killings with medical practice killings. But, if you are dead, you are dead regardless of how it happens. Note that both ways to kill may be avoidable.

    Thanks for you comment.

  6. Bob, But do you get my point? If the R’s are so afraid THEIR rights are going to somehow be threatened if LOONS can’t get guns, we’ve got BIG problems….

    And I TOTALLY get the point about the doctors; I had an email the other day that compared exactly what you compared here and it’s true…more docs kill accidentally than gun users! And yes, both are BAD 🙂

  7. AOW: Yes. You are right, of course. It is easy to say “keep the crazies” away from guns. The problem is, who is crazy? You got me there. That’s why I think the mental health community should be able to contribute to the safety of our citizens.

  8. CI: I worry about it, now. For a long time the IRS has not needed any due process to freeze your accounts, and confiscate your property. That’s why I did not see the Patriot Act as anything new. Those bastards have been doing these things for a LONG time. BTW, I have not problem with the macro-data mining that the NSA has been doing. We don’t own those records, anyway. Those records document transactions that the telephone companies have to generate to bill for their services. It ls like your VISA bill. The bank has to have a record of your transactions, but it should be private data, and not for sale to other marketers.

    In the case of the NSA and the macrodata it is probably the least invasive of all the techniques out there.

    Thanks for your comment.

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