Pediatricians Renew Push For Gun Control as Over 100 Doctors Hed to Capitol Hill

May 13 2013
by GSL Staff
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The American Academy of Pediatrics is up their old antics once again, taking time out of being doctors to become Congressional lobbyists.

More than 100 doctors are heading to the Capitol to try and persuade lawmakers to pass an “assault weapons” ban, stricter background checks, and mandatory, federal waiting periods.

According to an NBC News article on the subject,

“I think we can be honest brokers,” says Dr. Lolita McDavid, medical director for child advocacy and protection at University Hospitals, part of Case Western Reserve University’s school of medicine in Cleveland.

“We have to have a collectively louder voice,” Dr. Danielle Laraque, who chairs the pediatrics department at Maimonides Infants and Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn, told a meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. “What we need is a call to action, to really look at how we can change public policy that is not often affected by data.”

Some of these doctors don’t let things like pesky stats get in the way.

Also according to NBC,

“Where there are more guns in the United States, there are more people dying,” Dr. Matthew Miller of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center told the meeting in Washington, D.C.. “There are more women dying, there are more men dying, and there are more children dying. We are talking about a lot of people who are dying when they live in places with a lot of guns and homes with guns.”

I guess the good Dr didn’t see the numerous studies released this month that show gun deaths are at a 20 year low and have, in fact, declined by almost 40%.

I thought we had a Dr shortage in this country? Funny how these folks have found time to take away from their practice to become lobbyists.

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