Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply: Dr Bennett provocatively equates
the legislative process to that by which medical treatments are determined
safe and effective. By the standard of the medical model, according to Bennett,
lawmakers have the process backward: first they should assess the efficacy
and "unintended consequences" of proposed legislation, then, and only then,
should they implement new law. Therefore, because it reverses the evidentiary
standard of the medical model, Bennett rejects as a "disservice to society"
my conclusion that current research evidence does not warrant altering Brady
Act–type regulations on the sale of firearms.
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