If Guns Were a Disease, This Would Be An Epidemic

I’m not really going to be able to add anything to this discussion that hasn’t already been said, but there is a gun safety issue in this country. We need to address it.

Dr. Michael Davidson, a cardio thoracic surgeon at Brigham & Women’s hospital, was shot yesterday by the son of one of his patients.

Source: Google Images

Source: Google Images

Adding onto the tally of late (2,160 incidents since 2015 so far), this sad episode follows a string of highly publicized deaths by gun, including the mother of a 2-year-old, two NYC police officers, and an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson – not to mention the numerous mass school shootings in Washington State, Sandy Hook, and others.

Instead of a reactionary and defensive stance (I predict calls for more metal detectors at hospitals, beefed up security staff, etc), can we address the underlying issues? Perhaps this article from The Atlantic less than a week ago will make a larger splash: To Reduce Gun Violence, Know Thy Neighbor.

Any doctor would tell you that the only way to cure disease is to treat its causes, not just control its symptoms.

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5 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Sprechstunde and commented:
    Klingt noch absurd innerhalb unseres Systems, aber auch in Österreich kommt es immer wieder zu Übergriffen auf Pflege und Ärzte … nur haben wir noch (!) weniger Waffen im Umlauf.

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