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Gun Research 2013 — An Interview with Dr. Miguel A. Faria by Craig Schneider, Reporter, Atlanta Journal Constitution

Journal/Website: 
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Article Type: 
Interview
Published Date: 
Sunday, January 20, 2013

AJC Reporter (Questions): Hello — This is Craig Schneider with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution [AJC]. I am writing a story on the controversy surrounding gun-related research, and I would greatly appreciate if you would give me a call.

Dr. Miguel Faria (Answers): Hi Craig, I received your questions and have arranged them in a question and answer format for convenience.

Guns and Violence

Journal/Website: 
Medical Sentinel
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Thursday, January 10, 2002
Source: 
http://www.haciendapublishing.com/medicalsentinel/guns-and-violence

The role of gun violence and street crime in the United States and the world is currently a subject of great debate among national and international organizations, including the United Nations. Because the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the individual right of American citizens to own private firearms, availability of firearms is greater in the U.S. than the rest of the world, except perhaps in Israel and Switzerland.

Faria: A solution to the problem of burglaries and home invasions

Charles Richardson's informative column on Macon and Bibb County crime statistics points out that while aggravated assaults have declined in the city and county, residential burglaries are up 6% over last year. These burglaries are associated with drugs and violence. The reality is that police cannot be everywhere all the time to protect our homes. Roadblocks and visible police presence may deter crime briefly, but unless we turn society into a police state even those measures will not suffice. Citizens must take some responsibility for their own safety.

RE: To the Tune of Washington's Pied Pipers

Author: 
Rodney N. Kreider, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
Winter 1997
Volume Number: 
2
Issue Number: 
1

Dear Editor,

I was appalled at the naïveté and ignorance expressed by several commentators on the topic of firearms and the Second Amendment in the October 1996 AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) News.

England and Gun Control --- Moral Decline of an Empire

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Editor's Corner
Issue: 
March/April 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
2

Et domus sua cuique est tutissimum refugium.
Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634)


The Legacy of Revolutions

Related Reading --- Personal Correspondence RE: Boundary Violations: Gun Politics in the Doctor's Office

Author: 
Timothy W. Wheeler, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
March/April 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
2

March 2, 1999

Philip R. Fine, PhD, MSPH
Director
Injury Control Research Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
CH 19 403, UAB Station
Birmingham, AL 35294-2041

Dear Dr. Fine:

Thank you for your invitation to comment on the videotaped presentation given recently by Dr. David Reynolds. As a full-time practicing surgeon I have operated on my share of patients with gunshot injuries. I share Dr. Reynolds's desire to mitigate the violence done to people and to our society as a result of firearm misuse.

Boundary Violations --- Gun Politics in the Doctor's Office

Author: 
Timothy Wheeler, MD
Article Type: 
Editorial
Issue: 
March/April 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
2

Imagine this scenario: you visit your doctor for back pain. Your doctor asks if you have firearms in your home. Then he announces that your family would be better off (especially your children) if you had no guns at all in your house. You leave the doctor's office feeling uneasy, wondering what guns have to do with your backache. Does your doctor care about your family's safety? Or instead, did he use your trust and his authority to advance a political agenda?

Children, Rules, and Guns

Author: 
Doug Fiedor
Article Type: 
Editorial
Issue: 
September/October 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
5

My father kept his in the bedroom closet. My grandfather said he didn't need one, but when I had to crack his safe because he forgot the combination, I found two old ones in there. My uncle kept his on top of the chest of drawers in the bedroom. As a child, all of my friends had essentially the same experiences.

In my 14th summer, Elvis made the charts with "Heartbreak Hotel." I had a little jingle in my pocket from my paper route, mowing grass and caddying for the rich folks down at the fancy golf course. Because, you see, I wanted one, too. So I worked and saved for it.

Firearms: A Handbook for Health Professionals

Author: 
Timothy W. Wheeler, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
November/December 1999
Volume Number: 
4
Issue Number: 
6

Dear Physicians,
For years, organized medicine has been misusing its authority to turn the public against firearms owners. Prestigious medical journals have abandoned their usually strict peer review standards to publish junk science articles written by anti-gun activists with medical degrees. Their purpose? As one pediatrician put it, to convince Americans that 64 guns are a virus to be eradicated."

Results Are In for Britain --- 'Less Guns,' More Crime

Author: 
Dr. Michel S. Brown
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
May/June 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
3

Many advocates of gun control point to Great Britain as an example of a gun free paradise where violence and crime are rare. Well, there may be trouble in paradise.

Our friends across the Atlantic did tighten their already strict gun laws with the Firearms Act of 1997, making self-defense with a firearm completely impossible for ordinary people. Obedient British subjects generally maintained a stiff upper lip as they surrendered their guns and their rights.

News Capsules (November/December 2000)

Author: 
Compiled by Medical Sentinel Editors
Article Type: 
News Capsules
Issue: 
November/December 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
6

On the Frontiers of Science

"A few weeks ago, Governor George Bush delayed the execution of a Texas inmate so that DNA evidence could be reviewed. That review backfired, providing additional evidence that the inmate was, indeed, guilty. University of Utah Professor Paul G. Cassell had this observation about all the death-penalty yada-yada:

Kids, Guns and Death

Author: 
Doug Fiedor
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
November/December 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
6

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published their annual death statistics. And, a funny thing happened on the way to the coroner's office: Gunshot business is down yet again.

"Overall, 30,708 people died of firearms in 1998, a 5 percent drop from 1997 and a 22 percent drop from the high of 39,595 in 1993. The age-adjusted death rate from firearms was 11.3 deaths per 100,000 population in 1998, a 7.4 percent drop from 12.2 in 1997 and down sharply from the high of 15.6 in 1993."

Rosie vs. Reality: What Every Woman Should Know

Author: 
Richard W. Stevens, Esq.
Article Type: 
Commentary
Issue: 
November/December 2000
Volume Number: 
5
Issue Number: 
6

Suppose a Hollywood star or a political figure publicly announced that he or she favored making all women and families helpless and defenseless against vicious thugs. Would women cheer and vow their undying support for that person?

Public Health and Gun Control --- A Review (Part I: The Benefits of Firearms)

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Editor's Corner
Issue: 
Spring 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
1

Introduction --- "A Gun in the Home" 

Bullets as Pathogens

Author: 
Vin Suprynowicz
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
Spring 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
1

Dear Dr. Faria,
Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your courageous efforts to present "the other side" of the rather strained assertion which I will summarize as, "Bullets are a pathogen, and guns are thus a medical epidemic, which we are justified in treating with the same kind of public health measures we would direct toward the elimination of, say, an outbreak of Salmonella typhi."

Public Health and Gun Control --- A Review (Part II: Gun Violence and Constitutional Issues)

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Feature Article
Issue: 
Spring 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
1

Gun Violence and Street Crime

RE: Spring 2001 Issue --- Doctors and Guns (Part II)

Author: 
Richard W. Stevens, Esq.
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
Summer 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
2

Dear Editor,

Just a note to say what a super job you've done on the latest [Spring 2001] Medical Sentinel. I am really glad I joined and am supporting this fine publication.

Keep up the great work!

Richard W. Stevens, Esq.
Jews for the Preservation of Firearm Ownership
via e-mail

Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2001;6(2);37-39. Copyright©2001 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

RE: Spring 2001 Issue --- Doctors and Guns (Part II)

Author: 
Michael Creta, DO
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
Summer 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
2

Dear Dr. Faria and all the doctors at AAPS,

There are those of us out here who are disgusted with the "pseudo-science" that is used in medical journals regarding the issue of handguns. The integrity of the medical profession is in jeopardy with our medical organizations taking politically correct positions that are unrelated to medicine. That is why I cannot join them.

RE: Spring 2001 Issue --- Doctors and Guns (Part II)

Author: 
David C. Stolinsky, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
Summer 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
2

Dear Editor,

In "Homicide and Suicide in America, 1900-1998," I pointed out that the low homicide rate in the early 1900s is thought by some to be an artifact due to incomplete data.(1) Reasons were listed to indicate that the homicide rate really was much lower 100 years ago. Another reason is as follows: In 1902 Americans spent $13 per capita (in 1999 dollars) for police protection, both public and private, while in 1996 we spent $207 per capita.(2) If violent crime really is no more frequent today, why are we spending 16 times more for protection against it?

The AMA and Gun Control

Author: 
Charles Curley
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
Fall 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
3

Dear Editor,

Dr. Faria's revealing articles, "Public Health and Gun Control --- A Review (Parts I-II)," which have also been posted at NewsMax.com, are excellent and much of it news to non-medical professionals like me.

Some thoughts:

1) Is the AMA headed in the direction of becoming a self-funded organization, answerable to no-one, not even its membership --- rather like AARP?

The AMA and Gun Control

Author: 
Frank Rogers, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
Fall 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
3

Dear Editor,

Gun control was a subject at everyone of the fifty-three AMA sessions at which I represented California. It was always loudly supported, but I and a few others were able to defeat each resolution and/ or amendments. I remember one time having to move for "informal session" and then bringing on the defeat after resuming regular session. I'm not sure why that doesn't work now.

I have several articles on "gun control" --- in fact, a three ring binder [having bearing on these proceedings].

Doctors to Ask Patients About Gun Ownership

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Editor's Corner
Issue: 
Winter 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
4

In view of the devastating aerial terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon by Islamic fanatic followers of Osama bin Laden on September 11, 2001, we have put together a special issue of the Medical Sentinel on the threat of bioterrorism in our own backyard. I am referring to communist Cuba under tyrant Fidel Castro only ninety miles from our shores.

News Capsules (Winter 2001)

Author: 
Compiled by Medical Sentinel Editors
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
Winter 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
4

Doctors Expose AMA's Secret Pact with the Federal Government


"Kathryn Serkes, public relations counsel for the AAPS, issued the following statement in response to a letter sent by Sen. Trent Lott to HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson calling for an end to the American Medical Association's monopoly on CPT codes that doctors are required to use to bill Medicare and Medicaid:

WJM's "Point-Counterpoint": Should Physicians Routinely Inquire About Guns?

Author: 
Timothy R. Bonine, MD
Article Type: 
Correspondence
Issue: 
Winter 2001
Volume Number: 
6
Issue Number: 
4

Dear Dr. Faria,

Statistical Malpractice --- 'Firearm Availability' and Violence (Part I): Politics or Science?

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Debunking Pseudoscience
Issue: 
Winter 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
4

"There is a worrying trend in academic medicine which equates
statistics with science, and sophistication in quantitative procedure
with research excellence.
The corollary of this trend is a tendency to look for answers
to medical problems from people with expertise in mathematical manipulation
and information technology, rather than from people
with an understanding of disease and its causes.

Guns and Violence

Author: 
Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD
Article Type: 
Editor's Corner
Issue: 
Winter 2002
Volume Number: 
7
Issue Number: 
4

         
The role of gun violence and street crime in the United States and the world is currently a subject of great debate among national and international organizations, including the United Nations. Because the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects the individual right of American citizens to own private firearms, availability of firearms is greater in the U.S. than the rest of the world, except perhaps in Israel and Switzerland.

Faria: The Tragedy in Arizona - A Mental Health Challenge Failure!

Journal/Website: 
GOPUSA.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Source: 
http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2011/01/12/faria-the-tragedy-in-arizona-a-mental-health-challenge-failure/

Evidence mounts that Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old disturbed individual accused of the attempted assassination of blue dog, conservative Democrat, U.S Representative Gabrielle Giffords; the cold-blooded killing of five other citizens, including an innocent 9-year-old student and a conservative judge; and the wounding of fourteen people --- should have been under psychiatric treatment.

Faria: ObamaCare, Medical Privacy and Gun Rights

Journal/Website: 
GOPUSA.com
Article Type: 
Commentary
Published Date: 
Monday, August 16, 2010
Source: 
http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2010/08/16/faria_obamacare_medical_privacy_and_gun_rights/

In a previous commentary, we discussed the ramifications of ObamaCare in terms of lowering the standard of American medicine, and the efforts of those in the media in preparing us for the drastic measures of rationing that will necessarily have to be put in place to sustain ObamaCare.

Women, Guns, and the Medical Literature --- A Raging Debate

Journal/Website: 
Women and Guns
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Saturday, October 1, 1994

It is becoming abundantly clear that the mainstream liberal media and the entrenched political medical establishment support draconian gun control measures that would ultimately lead to the confiscation and banning of firearms.

Physician group slams handgun report: analysis claims women not safer by carrying handguns by Jon Dougherty

Journal/Website: 
WorldNetDaily.com
Article Type: 
Article
Published Date: 
Thursday, February 8, 2001
Source: 
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=8102

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.



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