I have related previously (Medical Sentinel, Spring and Summer 1997) how the 1991 American Medical Associations (AMA) campaign against domestic violence launched for public relation consumption went hand in hand with the public health establishments 1979 stated objective of eradication of handguns in America, beginning with a 25 percent reduction by the year 2000.(1-2) Toward that objective, in the 1980s, hundreds of articles describing politicized, biased, result-oriented research funded at taxpayers' expense were published in the medical journals.(3) One of the principle investigators was Dr. Arthur Kellermann, who now heads the Emory University School of Public Health.
"A Gun in the Home"
A significant portion of the gun control agenda, not only of the public health but the entire health advocacy establishment, in fact, comes from Dr. Kellermann's landmark articles, particularly "Gun Ownership As a Risk Factor for Homicide in the Home," published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 1993.(4) And yet, much of the methodology, not to mention conclusions in the article, have been questioned by numerous investigators.(5-7)
Since at least the mid...
In 1997, House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo., spoke candidly to Time magazine regarding McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform legislation. The Democrat admitted, "What we have is two important values in direct conflict: freedom of speech and our desire for healthy campaigns in a healthy democracy. … You can't have both."
Unfortunately, Rep. Gephardt sided against freedom of speech. Moreover, he proposed a constitutional amendment to permit campaign finance reform to abridge freedom of speech. He also voted for the House version of McCain-Feingold legislation in 1999.
Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Russell Feingold, D-Wis., and their cheerleaders in the mainstream media have categorized this "reform" bill as the solution to a "broken system" riddled with "too much money in politics." They also say that big, powerful, moneyed interests have a pervasive, vested interest in government that is detrimental to the public good.
Unfortunately, they neglect to tell you that in a free society good people must associate or they perish, swallowed up because of the voracious appetite of a runaway government, which is no longer restrained by a...
Early in the 1990s the American Medical Association (AMA) launched a major campaign against domestic violence, which continues to this day. As a concerned physician, neurosurgeon, and then an active member of organized medicine, I joined in what I considered a worthwhile cause.
It was then that I arrived at the unfortunate but inescapable conclusion that the integrity of science and medicine had been violated-and the public interest was not being served by the entrenched medical/public-health establishment-because of political expediency. To my consternation and great disappointment, when it came to the portrayal of firearms and violence, and the gun control "research" promulgated by public-health officials, it was obvious that the medical literature was biased, riddled with serious errors in facts, logic, and methodology, and thus utterly unreliable. Moreover, it had failed to objectively address both sides of this momentous issue, on which important public policy was being debated and formulated. And this was taking place despite the purported safeguards of peer review in the medical journals, the alleged claims of objectivity by medical editors, and the claims of...
The Days of the French Revolution by Christopher Hibbert is another excellent tome on the bloody Reign of Terror of the French Revolution.
The book is meticulously researched and, although the author describes it as a "readable introduction" to other historians' works to which he is indebted, the book contains a fountain of information and should also be helpful to students on the subject and other aficionados on the French Revolution.
The book has an excellent index (done by the author's wife) and excellent appendices both for the glossary of terms (Appendix I) and on "the fate of characters where end is not recorded in the text" (Appendix II). After having read a number of tomes on the French Revolution, it was only after consulting Appendix II in this book that I, for example, found out the fate of Charles Barbaroux, one of the last great Girondins. It was a great disappointment to at last discover that after having evaded his Jacobin tormentors for exactly one year, he too fell to the blade of the Guillotine, only one month before Robespierre himself, the man most responsible for the Reign of Terror, would fall on 9 Thermidor.
This is another volume of...
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...