“Ideally, handguns, which account for more than half of all homicides in the United States, should be banned completely, but we recognize that this is not currently politically feasible,” wrote Dr. Karl P. Adler in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
For years, the confiscationist left have fought a losing battle in their attempt to repeal the rights of 100 million American gun owners. Even with the benefit of what dedicated gun grabbers undoubtedly considered a God-send–the brutal murder of 20 children in Newtown, Conn.–the right to keep and bear arms has been so jealously guarded, and the intentions of gun control advocates so mistrusted that no significant legislation could be passed.
For this reason, Barack Obama has decided to remove 2nd Amendment rights from the realm of politics and constitutional guarantee by transforming the question of gun violence into an issue of public health.
On January 26th, Obama issued Exec Order # 14, a “Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.” Why does the president believe a public health approach will undermine the right to keep and bear arms? “Anything that unnecessarily contributes to human disease, injury, or death is a proper concern of public health, including firearm deaths,” writes Nicholas Johnson in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. “Public health’s role is to reduce these firearm injuries and deaths.”
In short, as “firearm violence” becomes an issue for the healthcare community, guns become elements of disease, deadly pathogens that place the public at risk. And being a disease-causing agent, the gun’s effects must be controlled by the medical bureaucracy with a clear objective of stamping out the source itself.
Making gun rights a question of public health is a master stroke for those who cannot win a 2nd Amendment argument. For when removed from the constitutional domain, the question of gun ownership is reduced to a simple if thoroughly dishonest matter of the public good. And assigned by the Obama Regime to look into this particular “threat” to the American people will be anti-gun alarmists like Dr. Adler who maintains that, “firearm violence has reached epidemic proportions in this country and is now a public health emergency…” Nothing like a hoplophobic approach to the topic from a medical community charged with its honest investigation.
In June, the Institute of Medicine published a preliminary report in response to the Obama Memorandum, claiming the president’s public health approach to gun violence would “…help…develop effective policies to reduce its occurrence and impact in the U.S.”
And what “effective policies” for the control of gun violence are favored by medical and public health professionals? “A total handgun eradication program might be useful toward this end…” wrote Nicholas Johnson in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. And Doctors Katherine Christoffel and Robert Tanz of the Children’s Hospital in Chicago proudly announced a plan “…to do to handguns what their profession has done to cigarettes … turn gun ownership from a personal-choice issue to a repulsive, anti-social health hazard.”
It seems Americans will have to hang onto their gun rights just a little tighter as Barack Obama looks to the nation’s doctors to “cure” what her politicians could not–America’s addiction to freedom.