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Book Review: America, Guns, and Freedom. Reviewed by AWR Hawkins

America, Guns, and Freedom examines the dangers posed by gun control doctors and researchers who seek to push gun control under the guise of “public health.”

Author Miguel A. Faria, Jr., MD, a neurosurgeon by practice, has keen insight into the dangers facing freedom when those intent on restricting the Second Amendment do so under the banners of safety and healthcare, while enjoying deep financial backing.

Faria’s position is also informed by the fact he was once the editor of the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia. He now uses his trained eye to parse medical journals and healthcare think tanks, warning freedom loving Americans of the dangers posed by doctors, especially large groups of doctors, who share a passion for gun control.

For example, he discusses how the American Academy of Pediatrics (APA)—not exactly a group one might otherwise associate with gun control—was part of a “coalition” allegedly seeking “a variety of patient privacy-invading measures [in the early 21st century] in the name of gun safety.” In another part of the book he stresses how certain “public health” hold to their biases to the point of skewing what their discoveries in favor of gun control. He does this by examining the pro-gun control findings of a 2002 study published in the Harvard School of Public Health’s Journal of Trauma. Faria wrote:

Public health researchers ignored the beneficial aspects of gun ownership and concentrated only in obtaining supporting evidence for their long-known thesis that firearm availability is responsible for violence in our society.

He also looks at a 2017 study published in Pediatrics, which included teenagers as old as 17 years in reporting 1,300 gun-related deaths of “children.” When Faria got into the numbers he saw, “78 percent of the deaths occurred among 13 to 17 year olds; 53 percent were homicides and 38 percent were suicides. Less than 12 percent were accidents involving children 12 or younger.”

In other words, the bulk of the homicides involved teenagers who were prime age for gang-related activity and street crime, while the actual group on which the study was ubiquitously focused—children—constituted only a small percentage of the deaths.

Faria also uses America, Guns, and Freedom, to highlight the life-saving benefits of private gun ownership and concealed carry. He bolsters his examination of these things with the same enthusiasm that he showed in bolstering claims of bias and danger in “public health” gun control push.

America, Guns, and Freedom is a great read for anyone who wants to understand the myriad threats aligned against the right to keep and bear arms in the 21st century.

Reviewed by AWR Hawkins

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins or on Instagram @awr_hawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: America, Guns, and Freedom. Reviewed by AWR Hawkins”

  1. When the conversation is about guns, they pretend to care about “the children.” When the conversation is about abortion, they can’t kill the children fast enough. —Monica Crowley. (FB , Feb 24, 2023)

    We are living in evil times. — Dave McWhinnie

    How so? Evidence suggests that there were far greater evil times and that the current world is a relatively better place than any other in history. — BJ

    Historic evidence at first sight may seem conflicting. For one thing, you are confusing comfort (“better place”) with the “better place” brought about by advances in science and technology in the last three centuries since the advent of the Industrial Revolution which have grown in gigantic proportions compared to morality and ethics with have made Lilliputian advances. Good and evil refer to morality and ethics, not “living in a better place” at its best in comfort and at its worth in hedonism. And I’m not even going to mention honesty, sincerity, and goodwill lost among civilized men in dealing with each other as individuals. I think the answer to that is obvious. And more explicitly, violence and mass murder among governments and their own people, only consider that more people were killed in war and in peace during the 20th century than in any other century. Pol pot, Mao, and Stalin put Ivan the Terrible, Genghis Kan, and Timor the Lame to shame! Dave is correct when considering the mass deterioration in morality and ethics, not to mention mass murder, in “civilized” men!— Dr. Miguel Faria

  2. I guess I was including all the murders in the name of a god. Let’s not forget those. And while that is still happening, not as much as it once was done.—BJ (FB, Feb 24, 2023)

    The deaths in religious wars in any one century were statistically lilliputian, except for the bloody Islamic conquests of the 7th to the 18th century, compared to the mass murders of the 20th century that were in the millions, committed largely by communist, Nazis, and other totalitarian regimes, despite the media, popular culture, and even academia propaganda that place so much emphasis on the Western religious wars, the black legend of the Inquisition, witch persecutions, and the crusades — terrible and atrocious acts as those were!— Dr. Miguel Faria

    Crusades and what more in the name of god? What % of the population? All in all, I would rather live in these “evil” times than any other time in the last 10,000 years.—BJ

    We all do, especially in capitalist countries where we have luxury and comfort. It does not deny the evil and corruption as we have had of late in this country or the mass murder in totalitarian ones. Thank you for the interesting dialogue. —MAF

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