The American Medical Association (AMA) is a powerful organization that defines medical education and medical practice for all doctors in the United States. The organization has complete control over physicians and can threaten a doctor’s medical license if they do not follow along the standards set. In 2018, the AMA has decided to support gun control as a public health issue.
Backed by broad support from national and state doctor groups, the AMA is launching a renewed push to curb gun violence and mobilize physicians to lobby Congress for legislation doctors say is long overdue.
The AMA’s policy-making House of Delegates endorsed several gun control measures earlier this month including renewed support for banning assault weapons and bump stocks and raising the legal age to 21 for purchasing firearms and munitions.
Capping a week of debate, the AMA’s new policies put the group’s considerable lobbying clout behind legislation heading into November’s mid-term elections when gun control is expected to be a key issue in the wake of school shootings across the country this year.
“Gun violence in America is a public health crisis,” AMA president Dr. David O. Barbe said in a speech to delegates earlier this week.
The AMA has been updating and adding measures to its gun control and public safety agenda for the last two years, but it apparently hasn’t been enough given no movement by the Republican-led Congress in Washington. Several measures were considered at this week’s AMA meeting in Chicago which members described “unprecedented.”
“In the two years that have passed, we have been horrified by yet more carnage: in Parkland, Sutherland Springs, Santa Fe and Las Vegas,” Barbe said. “And those are just a few of the incidents that made headlines. On average, violence claims the lives of nearly 100 people a day in the United States.”
Among the other measures the AMA said it now supports include:
- advocating for schools as gun-free zones
- expanding domestic violence restraining orders to include dating partners
- removing firearms from high-risk individuals
- supporting increase in legal age of purchasing ammunition and firearms from 18 to 21
The AMA’s House of Delegates includes representation from most national specialty doctor groups as well as delegations from every U.S. state. Its moves are the latest in an increasing outcry from health professionals who see U.S. gun violence as a health epidemic.
AMA’s new gun control push turns doctors against patients
From Natural News:
Many physicians aren’t going to follow suit with this insidious gun control agenda, because many doctors are gun owners too, and they want to respect the privacy of their patients. Many physicians aren’t going to be a police state enforcer, turning in their patients because they own a scary-looking rifle or a 14 round “high capacity” magazine. Physicians should be smart enough to know that “assault” is an action, not an object. Naming a class of firearms as “assault weapons” doesn’t make these objects more dangerous.
Claiming that they are “improving public health” by removing firearms from the streets, these lackey doctors will do the “heroic” work of turning in their “high risk” patients who own firearms. All the while, these doctors will prescribe psychiatric drugs that provably cause violent behavior and suicide.
AMA President Dr. David O. Barbe spoke to association members at a recent meeting, decrying that physicians “must not back down from addressing gun violence.” Among their policies for “addressing gun violence,” the AMA calls for ensuring that schools remain “gun free zones” with no actionable plan to protect students from attacks. Not surprisingly, the AMA is also opposed to conceal and carry reciprocity, where private, well trained individuals carry concealed handguns for personal and public protection.
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