Physicians advocating social engineering under the guise of public health.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.  ~ C.S. Lewis

And that's all I have to say about that.

  • Barron Barnett

    I find that CS Lewis quote as well as this one the best to point out the dangers of these types of arguments:

    “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom, It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

    –William Pitt, before the House of Commons, November 18, 1783

  • Too Old To Work

    Doctors, for people who purport to be scientists, certainly seem to spend a lot of time perpetuating myths. Of course they are doing it with the bet of intentions, so it’s OK, right?

    What is that is paved with good intentions? In this case, the road to loss of rights. Call it tyranny if you want, but of course that will cause people to scoff.

    Then again, no tyranny in history has been able to succeed without out first taking away the right of the people to arm themselves.

  • Aaron Williams

    Thank you for bringing this article to my attention. There are only seven comments so far on that article, but I find it telling that all are pro-gun, pro-rights, and pro-freedom. Despite the fact that my opinion won’t change policy at JEMS, I felt compelled to comment on the article. I previously held JEMS in a higher regard than I now do.

    • Ambulance_Driver

      I don’t think we should confuse JEMS presenting a news item for its readers with JEMS’ agreeing with the positions of the physicians in the article.
      One does not necessarily mean the other.

  • Bobball

    That C.S. Lewis…bright guy! Seriously, yeah I understand that EM physicians and the like see these acute cases more often than Cancer, AIDs, etc (as far as their “normal” practice), but come on…how about the medical profession work on combating the true health-based crises (cancer, AIDs, other nasty diseases…) rather than adding another “crisis” that they really can’t correct, and flies in the face of our freedom.

    “Easy access to guns”? I suspect there were far more American families with guns 2 or 3 generations ago than now. I don’t think ease of access has anything to do with it.

    Oh, and it does sadden me that firearms are increasingly the weapon of choice for both single-and multiple person homicides. I mean, what’s wrong with a knife or scimitar? What about poisoning…that romantic method of destruction from the Renaissance and Victorian eras? Oh, yeah…we’ve become more efficient. All those other methods take a lot more work and skill. Shooting well takes work and skill…but I suspect your average criminal is about as surprised as his/her victim if someone is hit. Hell, in recent news in our area, 2 young kids killed because the gang bangers couldn’t hit their intended target at less than 15 yards…rounds missed enemy banger and hit little kids (both sleeping in a house).

  • Auntie J

    Wise man, that Clive Staples. And he knows from whence he speaketh.

  • Meridith

    It just seems to me like the article is saying there needs to be more research and more studies done.
    “They want a science-based, pragmatic approach based on the reality of a
    society saturated with guns and seek better ways of preventing harm from
    That’s what I got from it. Obviously more restrictive guns laws are not the answer. I don’t think that’s what the dr’s want. that’s jumping to conclusions. They (the writers) are trying for an inflammatory headline title. And it worked.

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