Just when you thought talking to your doctor or psychiatrist was one of the most private and confidential things you could do ... think again.(1)
In what it describes as an effort to curb handgun violence, a group called Doctors Against Handgun Injury is calling for sweeping changes in doctor-patient confidentiality that would allow doctors, including psychiatrists, to pry about their patients' gun ownership.
In the past, the medical community fought strenuously against any invasion by government or others into the confidentiality of patient records and information.
For example, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) had, in the past and for obvious reasons, been a bulwark in the defense of patient privacy and medical record confidentiality.(2)
Suddenly, events have taken a nefarious course.
The APA has now regrettably joined Doctors Against Handgun Injury, a gun prohibitionist coalition.
This coalition which also includes the American Medical Association (AMA) and, not surprisingly, the strident American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and 10 other medical organizations reportedly comprising 600,000 doctors is calling for a...
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro does not want what happened in the Soviet Union and its former satellites in the years 1989-1991 to take place in Stalinist Cuba in the 21st century. Following the lead of what happened in the U.S.S.R., the enslaved people of the Eastern bloc-Warsaw Pact nations threw off the yoke of tyranny and their communist governments toppled one after the other.
The onslaught of freedom could not be stopped. The free, unimpeded flow of information was behind this global coup. The aging dictator fears the same might happen in the Caribbean island, that the long-suffering Cuban people learn there is life after communism, and that there is a world out there where people are truly free.
The commander in chief watched helplessly and painfully the tumbling of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the disintegration of the Soviet Empire in 1991. The communist world collapsed because of the massive flow of information that came with glasnost and the political "reforms" that followed with perestroika. Communism is not dead, but it suffered a catastrophic setback at the hands of freedom. If socialism continues to gain ground, particularly in our own nation, it is...
Once again, we bear witness to another tragic school shooting! On Monday, March 5, 2001, Charles "Andy" Williams, a "smiling," unassuming, diminutive student opened fire killing two youths and wounding thirteen other people at the suburban San Diego county Santana High School in Santee, California.
The student had threatened and warned friends over the weekend that he would carry out a shooting at the school. Suddenly, it was Columbine all over again.
Exploiting a Tragedy
In the wake of the tragic shooting, the gun control lobby came out of the woodwork to exploit the tragedy and to advance their gun prohibitionist agenda.
While President George W. Bush asked Americans to pray for the children and called the heinous episode "a disgraceful act of cowardice," demagogic politicians like U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) once again used a tragic occasion to renew their gun prohibitionist efforts.
They are aided by the usual suspects, like Sarah Brady and Handgun Control, Inc. (HCI), which immediately called for the passage of a number of anti-gun proposals for the nation, most of which are already laws in place in...
Georg Hegel (1770-1831), the father of dialectical idealism, which Karl Marx transmogrified and misappropriated as dialectical materialism, lamented that what we learn from history is that man does not learn its lessons. Despite what we have learned about the deleterious effects of draconian gun control in other countries, particularly during the last bloody century, politicians with authoritarian leanings continue to beat the drums for more gun control.
As any student of history knows, gun control figures prominently in the designs of totalitarian states. These features recur:Centralization of the police force with a vast network of surveillance and informants to spy on citizens; National identification cards for all citizens; Civilian disarmament via gun registration, and licensing, followed by banning and confiscation of firearms.
Once this mechanism of oppression is firmly in place, persecution and elimination of political opponents follow, and every social, political, and economic policy the Total State desires can be implemented. This has happened in National Socialist states like Nazi Germany, fascist states like Italy under Mussolini, and...
Two gun control organizations have stepped forward to bring different approaches to the gun control debate. Make no mistake about it, both of these groups have an agenda, and that is, circumvent the individual right to gun ownership embodied in the Second Amendment.(1)
The Violence Policy Center (VPC) reports, "In 1998, for every time a women used a handgun in the U.S. to kill in self-defense, 101 women died in handgun homicides."(2) This is the same flawed methodology utilized by biased researchers in the public health/gun prohibitionist establishment that has been discredited by serious, independent scholars in sociology, criminology, medicine and constitutional law.(3)
The benefits of firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens are the lives saved, the property protected and the injuries prevented, not the burglar or rapist body count.(4) This concept is so important that the Medical Sentinel of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has dedicated two special issues - including the forthcoming Spring 2001 issue of its official journal - to this important topic.
The VPC also contends that "in spite of gun industry marketing, handgun...
Out of the shadows, a little-known but powerful organization has stepped out this new millennial year advocating a more accommodating stance with the communist regime of Fidel Castro.
This new age of reconciliation is being ushered in by this organization in a comprehensive report that, among other things, advocates accommodation instead of confrontation with the totalitarian regime of Fidel Castro.(1) The report suggests easing the embargo, military-to-military "confidence-building" measures, and the lifting of the travel ban for American tourists who want to visit Cuba, the Workers' Paradise of the Caribbean.
A strong case against these ill-conceived proposals and the fallacies of their arguments have been made by at least two scholars, by Everett E. Briggs in "Cuba: Not the Time to Change U.S. Policy"(2) and by University of Miami professor Jaime Suchlicki in "American Tourists would boost Castro."(3)
Suffice to say, these ill-conceived proposals, rather than opening Cuba to "democracy," would instead help to fortify Castro and his successors. Rather than establishing a transition to a constitutional republic, these proposals would make it easier for...
A prominent member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons has refuted key details of a study published recently by the Violence Policy Center, in which researchers concluded that women were not safer if they used a handgun for self-defense.
The VPC report,, called "A Deadly Myth: Women, Handguns and Self-Defense," published Jan. 31, said that in the early 1980s, gun manufacturers began to target women with "the false message" that "the greatest threat posed to a woman was an attack by a stranger, and the best form of protection a woman could rely upon was a handgun."
"For all of the promises made on behalf of the self-defense handgun, using a handgun to kill in self-defense is a rare event," the report said. "Looking at both men and women, over the past 20 years, on average only 2 percent of the homicides committed with handguns in the United States were deemed justifiable or self-defense homicides by civilians.
"In 1998, for every time a woman used a handgun to kill in self-defense, 101 women were murdered with a handgun," the report said, citing FBI figures.
But Miguel A. Faria Jr., editor-in-chief of Medical Sentinel...
Immediately after taking the oath of office, President George W. Bush issued four executive memoranda. One of them established a 60-day freeze on the regulations hastily issued by President Bill Clinton before leaving office. The freeze on administrative rules and regulations needs to be extended and converted into a veritable machine of executive repeals not only of regulations but also of actual executive orders.
Normally, executive orders are published in the Federal Register, and, if Congress does not challenge them, they become administrative laws. Some 50,000 pages of such administrative decrees have been published annually in this Register during the Clinton years. Most of them were not challenged and became de facto federal mandates.
The Clinton administration not only increased the number of them, but also abused this prerogative intended to assist the Executive Branch of government in implementing the laws passed by Congress. Under President Clinton, more than any other president, the Executive arrogated to itself, in effect, congressional lawmaking powers.
By mid-December 2000, President Clinton had issued 347 executive orders,...
The Jan. 12 article describing how business owners are demanding action because of the recent string of armed robberies expresses our frustration as Macon residents.
Undercover agents will be placed at businesses, but the reality is that police cannot be everywhere all of the time. Moreover, the courts have ruled they need not protect individuals; they only owe a duty to protect the community at large (Bowers v. DeVito, 1982).
In 1967, Orlando, Florida, was afflicted with a rash of assaults and rapes. Women were terrified. As a result, the police wisely sponsored a highly publicized gun training and safety course for women.
The criminals quickly got the message, and within a year, there was a 90 percent reduction of rapes and, along with it, a general reduction of crime in the area.
The mechanics of how this worked have been described by Professors Wright and Rossi, who found in the 1970s that felons are more fearful of being shot by civilians than of being apprehended by police. Their work has been substantiated by Profs. John Lott and Gary Kleck in the1990s. Professor Kleck found that ordinary citizens use firearms for self-protection 2.5 million...
Every doctor knows that a gagging patient is a sick patient. But apparently the American Medical Association believes gagging medical research is just dandy when it serves the AMA agenda at the expense of public health.
The Journal of the American Medical Association recently "gagged" authors of articles submitted to JAMA from speaking to the media or issuing a press release until after the article is printed in the journal. The best argument for this action is that new medical knowledge might better serve the public if initially released through a bona fide journal so that doctors could allay and diffuse widespread excessive public hopes and worries. In reality, however, JAMA actually breaks its own rule by pre-releasing articles to the media days or sometimes weeks before physicians receive and have time to read them.
The JAMA editors say they want this control so that articles will be "accurate." But let's take a look at the selection process. The supposed "independent" peer reviewers who approve articles are hand-picked AMA loyalists. They might be able to judge whether the findings pass the "sniff test," but don't have the means, time or charge...