AMA Declares New Public Health Crisis And It Involves Guns

The piling on after Orlando continues.  In a not so shocking move, the American Medical Association is declaring gun violence a “public health crisis.”  (No mention of mental illness, instability, or homosexuals being unbalanced, though.)

The near unanimous vote itself was in Chicago (oh, the irony) on Tuesday by the group’s governing board at the annual meeting two days after an Islamic man, reported to be a homosexual by friends and acquaintances, shot up a gay night club in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and injuring scores more.  (No word on whether or not the hundreds killed on the streets of Chicago via firearms since the beginning of the year had any impact on the decision.)  From CNBC:

“With approximately 30,000 men, women and children dying each year at the barrel of a gun in elementary schools, movie theaters, workplaces, houses of worship and on live television, the United States faces a public health crisis of gun violence,” said the AMA’s president, Dr. Steven Stack.

“Even as America faces a crisis unrivaled in any other developed country, the Congress prohibits the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] from conducting the very research that would help us understand the problems associated with gun violence and determine how to reduce the high rate of firearm-related deaths and injuries.”

Note the same litany of “soft targets” that came out of the mouth of Joy Reid, among other leftists, is repeated here.

That “blocking” is known as the Dickey Amendment, a 20-year old piece of legislation named for Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ark.), that essentially banned research on guns.  The AMA – and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – seek the overturning of the Dickey Amendment in the wake of Orlando.  Given the circumstances, and the prevalence of gun violence in the popular consciousness, the AMA would like the green light to study the issue from an epidemiological standpoint (and federal funds to do it, of course, via the Center for Disease Control).

A congressional ban on CDC research of gun violence actually was lifted by an executive order from President Barack Obama in early 2013, after the massacre of 20 children and six adults in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. But Congress has since blocked funding for such research.

Stack said that “an epidemiological analysis of gun violence is vital so physicians and other health providers, law enforcement and society at large may be able to prevent injury, death and other harms to society resulting from firearms.”

Notice no mention of mental health laws being strengthened, the reality that the worst of the violence is in “gun free zones,” or the lack of respect for human life and property also rampant in American culture, but I digress.

Traditionally, the AMA has backed legislation that imposes waiting periods and gun registration on the American public.  Tuesday’s vote and expressed interest in studying gun violence as a matter of public health is more of the same vein of thought: Americans are not smart enough and responsible enough to research and think for themselves on whether or not possessing a gun is in their best interest.  (Sort of like our health overall, actually.)

Information for this piece was also used from The Hill.  Cover image from

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