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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Both the motivation for and
the conclusions of Dr Sherman's1 Editorial
about the relationship between gun carrying and homicide must be questioned
for at least 2 reasons. Sherman seems to assume that US society is homogeneous
in the way it approaches and uses firearms. He ignores the fact that there
is a group nicknamed by physicians who work in emergency departments the "knife
and gun club." These people accept neither the US legal system nor lawful
methods of handling conflicts and crimes but rather resort to violence and
use weapons to establish what they consider "justice." Other people may carry
firearms but are not in the same group as "hot heads" who, in a traffic dispute,
will pull out a gun and kill another human being. Our founding fathers meant
for us to defend ourselves from these people and not be dominated by them.
Sherman has to do better than this sterile, meaningless article on gun
carrying and homicide prevention to speak to the real problems of living in
this country at this particular time.
Marvel JE. Would Prevention of Gun Carrying Reduce US Homicide Rates? JAMA. 2000;284(14):1788–1789. doi:10.1001/jama.284.14.1783
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