Gun Hero of the Day: Vikram Khanna

Vikram Khanna (courtesy (vikramkhannahealthconsulting)

“Gun control will not fix schools, restore neighborhoods, stabilize disintegrating (wealthy or poor) families, employ people, heal mental illness, rejuvenate local economies, or help create self respect,” health care consultant Vikram Khanna writes at “I support gun courts and mandatory, no-parole sentencing for people who commit gun crimes, with a massive public education campaign to back it up.” And that’s not all he says in his essay Why Public Health Needs a New Gun Doctrine. Suffice it to say, Mr. Khanna has as much good to say about gun control as Churchill did re: H.M. Navy’s traditions (“rum, sodomy and the lash”). More than that, his replies to critical commentators reveal a mind as sharp as a steel trap. Check out this exchange . . .

DM from CT says:
September 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

This post is as obnoxious as it is wrong! I’m a doc from Newton CT. “Gun owners as victim” is just bullshit. The part I appreciate is the the careful attention to gun safety. That’s a good thing. But straw man made up arguments? Spare us.

Vik Khanna says:
September 11, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Where does the post indicate that gun owners are victims? Futher, what data do you have to counter any point made? You are certainly entitled to emote, it’s a standard gun control strategy, and I would never deny it to you.

From Congress to statehouses around the country, the standard approach to gun violence is blame the implement and, by extension, anyone who lawfully posseses one. You cannot get around fundamentals by avoiding facts.

For his willingness to stand up for gun rights in a culture antithetical to firearms freedom – despite the negative effect it might have on his business – we salute Mr. Khanna as our gun hero of the day.


  1. avatar Frank Masotti says:

    Good job brother. It’s nice to see average gun owners pointing out the truth.

  2. avatar Kevin L says:

    Thanks dude! The founders would be proud.

  3. avatar BDub says:

    Hip, Hip!

  4. avatar g says:

    Excellent. Bravo, Mr. Khanna.

  5. avatar rlc2 says:

    Boy this guys career is soooo over. Like farting in church, he dares to speak the truth about guns…

    Seriously, great article, and IMHO this should be a sticky or something in the “Facts About Guns” tab on TTAG.

    Check out Khanna’s blog for more:

    Bookmarking it- btw, a sample from a related article by another courageous Doc- talking about CDC data-

    Titled “Doctors Can Be Wrong” – more gun truth that you WONT read in the StateRunMedia.

    h/t NRO. Dr Young;

    “For example, she writes that “in the United States, approximately 500 children die each year from accidental gunshot wounds, with another 7,500 children hospitalized for non-fatal wounds, according to the [AAP].” But, as I explained recently on NRO, the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control show that in 2011 only 74 accidental firearm deaths occurred among children up to age 14. And there were 6,220 unintentional and intentional firearm injuries in this age group (hospitalized or not). That’s just 0.01 percent of all reported injuries among children 14 and younger. (CDC firearms statistics even include BB- and pellet-gun shootings!)”

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      That is an amazingly powerful factoid. I will keep it handy. Many thanks!

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Are you trying to say that 74 is NOT “approximately 500”? We’re going to revoke your gun-grabber credentials.

      1. avatar CarlosT says:

        Didn’t you see the note? The number is approximately 500, with an 85% margin of error.

  6. avatar O-Hebi says:

    Where is this guy? He can my doctor and I would happily send him all of my medical donations (via my insurance that I, not everyone else, pays for) plus the co-pay!

  7. avatar rlc2 says:

    PS: wading thru that study, was interesting- blah blah blah, need more money to study more… blah blah blah,

    the Committee identifed areas to research-
    Smart Gun Technology…
    hmmm….who is on the Committee- Oh, some guy from Picatinny Arsenal…
    Would this be the guys giving grants to Amatix… no wonder Nicholas Hannaeur the venture capital guy from Seattle and who is the other rich nitwit in San Fran, putting up the $1MM gun prize, smell the money…

    Shades of Solyndra, I tell ya. Mark my words, the money will flow before Obama is out of office, for yet another taxpayer funded boondoggle that wont work, except to generate flack and FUD for Gun Grabbers.

    1. avatar Jus Bill says:

      At least it doesn’t involve frogs. Yet.

  8. avatar Scrubula says:

    Bravo! One concern though.
    “I support gun courts and mandatory, no-parole sentencing for people who commit gun crimes…”
    Gun crimes is a bit too generic. Violent crime with a firearm is a better term. The same way fishing in the wrong area can get you a felony in some states, not all gun crimes make sense.

    1. avatar mark_anthony_78 says:

      That’s what I want to point out too…

      In NJ “gun crime” usually has nothing to do with any violent activity.

    2. avatar Avid Reader says:

      He’s called out on that later in the comments and clarifies it.

  9. avatar Out_Fang_Thief says:

    His anti-gun academic didn’t want to know, and would not support research into what portion of legal gun owners commit crimes with legally purchased guns. You just can’t reason with unreasonable people. That they want to ban guns is the only reason they need. Damned the facts, full confiscation ahead.

  10. avatar Avid Reader says:

    I appreciate both the logical presentation and his willingness to engage critics, defend, amplify and extend his arguments in the comments.

    Perhaps it would be worth asking him to contribute to TTAG from time to time?

    1. avatar Robert Farago says:

      Way ahead of you.

      1. avatar Grindstone says:

        Excellent news.

      2. avatar Avid Reader says:


        Guess I’ll have to get up earlier.

        Good move, Roberto.

        Now about those supermodels…

      3. avatar Jus Bill says:


  11. avatar Paelorian says:

    This “Gun Hero” supports “mandatory, no-parole sentencing for people who commit gun crimes”. If he’s really a Gun Hero, he should change his language. Not all “gun crimes” are justly crimes. Zero tolerance for “gun crimes” will result in people being locked in jail for “crimes” as benign as loading one too many rounds in their legally-owned magazines. New York is pursuing a registry of “gun crime” offenders, much like for convicted rapists, and I expect that it will be used to intimidate and bully potential gun owners away from firearms ownership for fear that one honest and harmless mistake in complying with the byzantine gun laws they live under will result in their lives being damaged when their neighborhood is alerted that a “convicted perpetrator of gun crime” is living amongst them.

    1. avatar Vik Khanna says:

      Point taken. Clumsy phrasing on my part, which I did resolve in a comment. I should have specified no parole for use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.

      1. You’re the man, sir. Keep up the good fight. We appreciate it.

  12. avatar Anonymous says:

    Excedrine says:
    September 12, 2014 at 8:45 pm
    And your only response is more nonsensical and unjustified labeling, emotional vitriol and bile, and a shifting of blame onto us and inanimate tools. You’re the one that’s crawling over the dead bodies of the victims of YOUR inane and asinine policies before they’re even cold, and then have the audacity to wave your bloody shirt in our faces as if that blood was yours to begin with.
    That is how we see your response, and that is because it cannot be anything else other than that.

    Excedrine – @

    kickin you know what and taking names.

  13. avatar Mog says:

    I’ll call BS on the ‘doc from Newton’. Or even CT.

    Assuming your transcription of the email is accurate, academic admissions standards in ‘doctor school’ must be poorer than I ever imagined.

    “But straw man made up arguments”? Arrant redundancy. Show me a a straw man argument that *isn’t* constructed based on fabrication. That’s the whole point. Someone’s been blog-trolling and found himself some new catchphrases.

    Finally, how many professionals misspell the name of the town where they allegedly practice? It’s “Newtown”, not “Newton”.

  14. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    “Gun control will not fix schools, restore neighborhoods, stabilize disintegrating (wealthy or poor) families, employ people, heal mental illness, rejuvenate local economies, or help create self respect,” It works for cities which are run by Liberals all the time. Chicago is a good example

  15. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    the standard approach to gun violence is blame the implement and, by extension, anyone who lawfully posseses one.
    Gun control has nothing to do with violent crimes in which guns are used.
    Gun control is about controlling the tax paying working populace and keeping them submissive so that the State can be supreme in its quest for absolute power.

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