Physician errors and negligence kill about seven times more Americans every year than do firearms (not to mention that two-thirds of gun deaths are self-inflicted). And yet the big doctor groups are very vocal about the “public health crisis” posed by civilian gun ownership.
Where are the high profile campaigns, studies and press releases by the AMA and AAP shining a light on the much more serious threat posed to our health by their own members?
It is not surprising that a “study” which utilizes data from the Brady Campaign is going to completely ignore the positive benefits of firearms.
Not only that, the study (conveniently) ignored the fact that doctor’s negligence results in far more deaths of innocent people than guns.
The number is so high — more than 250,000 deaths — you can conclude that doctors negligently kill Americans seven times as often as guns do.
These medical mistakes range from operating on the wrong person or the wrong part of the body, to giving mistaken dosages or leaving surgical instruments inside of patients.
Reports indicate that these deadly medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America. But the American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t want to talk about that.
Perhaps the real lesson from this medical study should be: “physician, heal thyself.”
– Erich Pratt and Michael Hammond in The Facts Are In, And Doctors Are More Likely To Kill You Than A Gun