The American Medical Association has decided that guns represent a public health crisis and that it is the role of this country’s physicians and health professionals to advocate for left-wing gun control measures. Apparently blind to the dangers of trading their organization’s credibility for a few cheap points with the Democratic Party, the AMA announced Wednesday that it was a certified backer of strict new gun control measures that actually go further than any mainstream politician on the left.
“People are dying of gun violence in our homes, churches, schools, on street corners and at public gatherings, and it’s important that lawmakers, policy leaders, and advocates on all sides seek common ground to address this public health crisis,” said AMA president David Barbe. “In emergency rooms across the country, the carnage of gun violence has become a too routine experience. Every day physicians are treating suicide victims, victims of domestic partner violence, and men and women simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. It doesn’t have to be this way, and we urge lawmakers to act.”
What these health professionals believe will be accomplished by this is unclear. Do they really think that conservative Republicans were just waiting around for the prestigious, almighty American Medical Association to weigh in before suddenly turning their backs on their constituents? Do they really believe that America’s pro-Second Amendment gun owners will now follow along with the left’s totalitarian freedom-stomping ideas, just because a bunch of M.D.’s recommended it? No, this is folly and it only serves to politicize yet another organization that didn’t need to be politicized.
Not only is the AMA throwing their weight into this debate, you’ve got to get a load of their policy recommendations. These are as far left as you can get and still pretend you’re having a good-faith debate about the validity of the Second Amendment. They want to enact the following “common sense” measures:
- Outlaw “assault-type” weapons for both sale and possession.
- Outlaw possession of ANY firearms by anyone under the age of 21.
- Implement a national gun registry.
- Require a special license to own any gun of any kind.
- Initiate a national gun buyback program.
And much more.
Not only does this announcement degrade the already-tenuous reputation of the American Medical Association, it demonstrates just how little respect the left actually has for those four little words in the Second Amendment: SHALL. NOT. BE. INFRINGED. That doesn’t come as any shock to us, having followed this issue for years and years, but it may come as a surprise to those who thought the AMA was a public health organization and not another wing of the Democratic Party.