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May 12, 1989

The Cost of Hospitalizations for Firearm Injuries

JAMA. 1989;261(18):2638. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420180061026

To the Editor. —  I find the Brief Report entitled "The Cost of Hospitalization for Firearm Injuries"1 to be political, pejorative, and absurd for a scientific journal. It is not a scientific article, it is a sophomoric attempt at slightly disguised propaganda attempting to influence political decisions. It certainly has no place in a reputable scientific journal. It is clearly editorializing with numbers and not worthy of publication in JAMA.The cost of hospitalization for firearm injuries has absolutely no philosophical relevance to the proved salutary benefits of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, ie, the maintenance of each individual's freedom in the face of the state's innate attempts to limit it.Not one of the Bill of Rights has been proved to be useless; to the contrary, all are increasingly important and necessary. Surely the medical profession should be the first to realize that