Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: Drs Ludwig and Cook1 analyzed the results of the Brady Act, which is
an example of legislation along the medical model. The "disease" is handgun
violence and the "prescribed treatment" is restricting the purchase of legal
handguns. However, an important issue involves the use of "law" as "medication."
There is consensus in the medical community that before a medication
is recommended, it must be shown to be efficacious and safe. Legislators need
to be advised of that standard and the proper use of it. They press forward
with laws before properly understanding them or their unintended consequences.
Bennett JA. Impact of the Brady Act on Homicide and Suicide Rates. JAMA. 2000;284(21):2718-2721. doi:10.1001/jama.284.21.2717