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Gun control: The assault on Congress by the medical journals by Miguel A. Faria, MD

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Commentary
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

In the wake of the heinous Las Vegas shooting, the medical politicians of the American Medical Association and the public health establishment — which is to the left side of politics on just about any topic even remotely related to medicine — have rallied to the cause of gun control political propaganda, rather than science. Toward the cause, they have resumed drumming up arguments that have been thoroughly refuted in the past.

The mass shooting derangement (MSD) syndrome, PC, and the modern liberalism (socialism) ethos that created them! by Miguel A. Faria, MD

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Che Guevara, an icon of the left, thought that socialism and egalitarianism would create a “new socialist man” dedicated to the common good without the need of material incentives to work and live. Che lived long enough to see it did not, although he persisted. Socialistic policies have instead created deranged individuals who resent the success and blame others for their failures, and at some point become killers.

Gun statistics — Should they be tortured or gently cross-examined? by Miguel A. Faria, MD

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

In a recent letter to the editor in The Telegraph (Macon), Mr. Colin Frayne began his letter by pointing out the need for “factual information” about guns. He cites the statistics that for 2016, “36,861 total annual deaths [were] from guns, of which 58 deaths were from terrorism.” And compares it to Japan, which allegedly had only one firearm death that same year. Statistics are not like pictures that tell a thousand words. They must be carefully analyzed.

Was Vegas an FBI sting gone bad? by Cliff Kincaid

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Why is there no motive for the Vegas massacre? Why did Stephen Paddock have a secret life? 

It is terrible to contemplate, but the possibility that Stephen Paddock was an undercover federal operative or informant cannot be ruled out. He may have been either set up or used by ISIS and/or a federal agency in a scheme that backfired. 

The Las Vegas massacre and the Mass Shooting Derangement (MSD) syndrome by Miguel A. Faria, MD

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

The recent Las Vegas shooting massacre has left us in a state of shock. How can anyone be driven by personal demons to massacre innocent people to such a horrific extent?  In the context of this heinous carnage, many of us experienced in astonishingly rapid succession the five stages of grief for the victims, as described by the late Dr. Elisabeth Kübler Ross — i.e., denial, anger, depression, bargaining, and acceptance. Except some of us instinctively and categorically reject four of the stages as unacceptable.

Firearms and assault weapons during natural catastrophes by Miguel A. Faria, MD

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

In 2005, at the time of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans police used the excuse of enforcing compliance with the mandatory evacuation order to confiscate firearms. They went door-to-door seizing guns from the people who stayed behind hoping to ride out the storm.

On escaped convicts, dangerous criminals, and armed citizens by Miguel A. Faria, MD

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Friday, June 16, 2017

The story of the leftwing hatred-spewing activist, James Hodgkinson, who shot three people — including the third highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Steve Scalise, at a Republican baseball practice for a charity event in Alexandria, Virginia  — has understandably overshadowed another tragic incident that began close to home in Baldwin County, Georgia.

New public database reveals bias of gun-control researchers by Tom Vaughan, MD

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Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO.us)
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Commentary
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

I read with fascination this article that appeared in the Macon, Georgia Telegraph today, which I’m pleased to see is getting a fair amount of press on my favorite pro-Second Amendment sites. And by fascination, I really mean the sort of morbid, irresistible curiosity that compels one to stare at car accidents and other scenes of destruction, like The Kramer. 

Perspective from a rape survivor: Lack of access to mental health care is the real gun problem by Shayna Lopez-Rivas

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Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO.us)
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Commentary
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Shayna Lopez-RivasWith 33,000 gun deaths each year in this country, it’s not surprising that the right of gun ownership often gets called into question. This is especially is done by groups that have little to no understanding of firearms and like to scare people with large, malleable statistics. So let me break it down.

What we can learn from Doc Holliday by David C. Stolinsky, MD

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Stolinsky.com
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Commentary
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Doc HollidayDoc Holliday received a classical education in his native Georgia. He then graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery, class of 1872. But his frequent cough from tuberculosis, from which his mother and brother had died, caused patients to go elsewhere. Holliday abandoned his dental practice and went west to the Arizona Territory, hoping that the dry air would help his condition. He settled in Tombstone, a boisterous mining town.

Revenge of the deplorables and irredeemables by David C. Stolinsky, MD

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Stolinsky.com
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Commentary
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Monday, September 19, 2016

You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people — now 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks, they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.

Donald Trump and “Second Amendment People” by David C. Stolinsky, M.D.

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Stolinsky.com
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Commentary
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Weapons signsHillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.
— Donald Trump, Aug. 9, 2016

A sweep of every house by Dr. Timothy Wheeler

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DRGO.us
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Article
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

On Independence Day weekend California Governor Jerry Brown, with the stroke of a pen, created several million brand new criminals in the once-Golden State.  Before jumping on a plane for a European vacation, he signed six of the eleven gun control bills sent to him by the one-party lynch mob that California’s legislature has become.  All six laws will go into effect next year. They create new crimes that will be committed simply because of Governor Brown’s signature, not by any actual misdeeds of hapless Californians against person or property.

The AMA's Long March for gun control by Dr. Timothy Wheeler

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DRGO.us
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Article
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Monday, June 20, 2016

I find it helpful to look back occasionally at our progress in the culture war waged by organized medicine against gun owners.  The players change and language evolves, generally in an attempt to mask the gun-grabbers’ true intentions.  But one force for gun control has remained constant.  The American Medical Association (AMA) still wants to ban gun ownership by regular citizens, although it will still vigorously deny it, even as it moves toward its goal.

What to do when your doctor asks about guns by Dr. Timothy Wheeler

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DRGO.us
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Article
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Have you had the experience of going to your doctor for a particular problem, let’s say headaches, and been surprised by the doctor asking you about a completely unrelated subject — whether you have a gun in your home?

Wild hogs — hunt (or trap), shoot — and let’s make excellent barbecue!

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Perry attorney Larry Walker penned an interesting article on wild hogs and describes their increasing destruction of flora, fauna, and property — a scourge and a serious concern to citizens in more than 40 states. He cites corroborative evidence from the University of Georgia (UGA). Wild hogs, as I have written elsewhere, are indeed a growing problem.

The Unarmed Assailant—A Deadly Threat by Robert A. Margulies, MD, MPH

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Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO)
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Article
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A unifying principle of American law governing the defensive use of deadly force is that a victim may use such force when an attacker threatens violence capable of causing death or grave bodily harm. There is little doubt that it is justified when the robber draws and points a handgun at the victim.

Potentially lethal force may require defensive deadly force

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Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO)
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Article
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The act of self-defense can have a double effect: the preservation of one's life;
and the killing of the aggressor...The one is intended, the other is not.
— Saint Thomas Aquinas

Capitalism's money and guns saved socialism

Green Perry's mellifluous language and arguments in his letter almost makes one hope socialism does triumph globally and stops all the evils of capitalism. What a soporific. The top six countries he mentioned, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and France, first of all, started from a higher base than most of the world — part and parcel of European Western civilization — before they embraced social democracy.

Lab Accident: How Congress Stopped the CDC's gun-control plan and saved science! by Dr. Timothy Wheeler

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America's 1st Freedom and Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO)
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Article
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Thursday, February 4, 2016

We can all feel it. With violent crime dominating the headlines, the pressure to blame gun owners is mounting. Everywhere we look, we see the familiar gun grabbers calling for “universal” background checks, a ban on semi-automatic rifles, and that old saw, restoring funding to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for “firearm research.” 

Gun Shows Under Fire

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NewsMax.com
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Commentary
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Friday, April 27, 2001

Law-abiding gun owners should not become complacent because gun prohibitionist organizations, such as the Million Mom March and Handgun Control Inc., seem to be in retreat, if not scrambling and looking for cover. Other gun control groups, deceptively using more reasonable- and innocuous-sounding names such as Americans for Gun Safety (AGS), Women Against Gun Violence, and Doctors Against Handgun Injury, are stepping up to the plate to keep the pressure on the Second Amendment.

An editorial critique of the study, “Firearm Ownership and Violent Crime in the U.S.—An Ecologic Study”

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Editorial
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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Ecologic studies are notorious for inherent errors of methodology, confounding variables, and magnifying other sample biases intrinsic to fault-prone, population-based epidemiological studies.

The American 'gun culture' that saved Europe

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GOPUSA.com and Macon Telegraph
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Commentary
Published Date: 
Sunday, March 22, 2015

An interesting conversation with a European neurosurgical colleague, who decries the "gun culture" of America, took place that may be of interest to readers of GOPUSA. The dialogue began with a difference of opinion on an unrelated topic, but in the course of that exchange, I happened to innocently use a figure of speech that offended the other party, and the conversation below ensued.

Gun Grabbers Target Your Doctor by Wes Vernon

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NewsMax.com
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Commentary
Published Date: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2002

The once-respected American Medical Association wants your doctor to butt into your constitutional right to own firearms.

Although only an embarrassingly low 32 percent of American physicians are members of AMA, the organization claims to speak for all doctors.

If your doctor is among the majority of physicians who are not AMA members, perhaps he could give you a laundry list of reasons for a refusal to participate. They could range from nonsense bureaucracy to politics.

Faria: Another shooting, more gun control!

What’s wrong with this picture? I refer to the latest shooting, February 7, in which a 17-year-old man at a Monroeville Pennsylvania mall shot three people. The brief AP story was remarkably shallow and riddled with errors due to media bias. The story went on, "Pennsylvania native and ex-NFL quarterback Terrelle Pryor tweeted Saturday that he was at the mall, when the shooting occurred. 'Damn was just in Monroeville mall and just saw 2 ppl get shot.

American naïveté — European social democracies and gun control

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GOPUSA.com
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Commentary
Published Date: 
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Over the years, in both commentaries and letters to the editor in my local newspaper, I have noted the naïve expression of many letter writers and liberal pundits, who glossing over the Constitutional protections guaranteed by the 4th and 5th Amendments, opine, “If you don’t have anything to hide, then you don’t have anything to fear!” When the Soviet KGB needed culprits, their motto was “Show me the man and I will show you his crime.” In other words, charges can be brought against anyone, once the State has decided to trample on the rights of any targeted citizen.

Obama's Mid-term (Spring 2014) Report Card — Protecting the Personal Freedom of Americans!

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GOPUSA.com
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Commentary
Published Date: 
Monday, April 7, 2014

Obama's Report Card 2014A week or so ago we discussed Obama's Mid-term Report Card on foreign policy. It was the opinion of most readers of GOPUSA that the sitting President received a solid "F, " failing grade.

No ethical lapses in physician efforts to protect public and patients by Dr. Richard L. Elliott (And reply by Dr. Miguel Faria)

In his reply to my article, Dr. Miguel Faria, a very fine neurosurgeon and writer, states that it is unethical for physicians “to intrusively ask patients about the presence of guns in the home” and that by so doing, physicians become “snitches” against their own patients.

I agree that if the purpose of asking about guns is solely to report the possession of guns, and that if the physician asks “intrusively” and reports without the patient’s permission and in the absence of an imminent threat, it would be wrong.

Gun Research 2013 — An Interview with Dr. Miguel A. Faria by Rebecca Trager of Research Europe

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Research Europe
Article Type: 
Interview
Published Date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

January 18, 2013

Research Europe Reporter: Hi Dr. Faria, I am a reporter for Research Europe, and I cover US research and science policy news. I am hoping to speak with you today because I am writing an article about the fact that President Obama has issued a memorandum directing the CDC and other scientific agencies to research the causes and prevention of gun violence, loosening the current restrictions on federal funding in that field.

Press Release — America, Guns and Freedom and Shooting Rampages, Mental Health and the Sensationalization of Violence

Surgical Neurology International publishes a two-part series entitled "America, Guns, and Freedom: A Recapitulation of Liberty" and "Shooting Rampages, Mental Health, and the Sensationalization of Violence."

Open-access journal weighs in on the gun control debate from a neurological perspective