Bloomberg Must Be Floating Op-Eds Around


In the Friday news links, I linked to an article in the Washington Post speaking about doctors, guns, and the law in Florida. Now another op-ed has appeared in the Boston Globe. Once I can write off as a coincidence. But two probably means Bloomberg’s minions are pushing this op-ed topic around.

A 2014 report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that a gun in the home makes it more likely for someone to commit suicide, or to shoot someone else.

I also notice that bullshit correlation is favorite of Bloomberg’s Everytown. In other news, households that have automobiles increase the likelihood of a fatal car accident. Living in a big city increases your risk of committing suicide by jumping off a high building.

I’ve said it before, but owning a gun does not increase my risk of committing suicide because I am and have never been suicidal in my life. It may increase my likelihood of shooting someone in self-defense, but I’m having a hard time seeing how the alternative of failing to defend my life is a good thing. I am not more likely to murder someone with a gun because I am not a murderer. Look, if Bloomberg really believed all this crap, he wouldn’t have armed body guards. It’s just that he think you’re too much a fool.

But wait, the article gets better:

If guidelines are implemented, they could eventually provide useful data for statistical studies —while preserving patients’ anonymity — and lay the groundwork for breakthrough research on the effect of gun ownership and the roots of gun violence.

This is pushing an anti-gun agenda, pure and unadulterated. This person is not advocating instructing people on safe storage and keeping the guns away from the kids. This is about abusing their position to lecture patients about having unfavorable political views. The only way we’re going to counter this is to confront doctors who do this, and make them realize they are upsetting people and losing patients. If I were to ever have a doctor lecture me about gun ownership, I’d walk right out.


6 thoughts on “Bloomberg Must Be Floating Op-Eds Around”

  1. If I ever get the question, I am going to ask the doctor to explain the 4 Rules. That should be entertaining.

    1. Blank stare or deer in the headlights.

      I’d follow up with a question or two about their “boundary violations” and training/certification in firearms and then a call to their medical board.

  2. This is why they desperately want single payer health care so that you cannot vote with your feet and leave physicians who abuse you and your rights.

    The ACA has always been just a Trojan Horse to usher in Single Payer when it fails miserably. They will say the government has to ride in to “fix” the mess it created.

  3. Just like getting a phone survey asking about your firearms, never answer or tell the truth when asked since the EHR data is both searchable and forever.

    1. EHR data is both searchable and forever.

      That was my thought. How does the author reconcile “preserving patients’ anonymity” with easily-accessible and searchable (by medical providers, government officials, and hackers) electronic health records?

      Easy: they don’t. They can’t. Either anonymity is preserved, in which case EHRs are a sham, or the EHR is preserved, in which case anonymity is a sham; they are mutually exclusive.

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