January 31st 2014

20 children hospitalized for gun injuries every day in US

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JPFO advisor and author Alan Korwin responds to a FOX press release - see the following article intro below and article source link. A much more detailed article is available from the Bearing Arms site.

Published January 27th, 2014. Fox News
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"A new study from Yale University, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that 7,391 younger patients are hospitalized each year as a result of a firearm injury -- and 453 of these patients (around 6 percent) ultimately die from their injuries..... "

Alan Korwin comments:

This looks like the beginning of the flood of pseudo-science studies, funded by Bloomberg's billions, which we've been warned about by gun-rights experts. Pediatrics is a known far-left anti-gun-rights propagandist, and Yale is anything but neutral on the gun issue. The "news" release has no context, not even a byline for attribution. If the stats they cite include gang bangers in ghettos, then the "study" is explained and bogus on its face. There is no way to evaluate that from the piece, except that it says most of the numbers are from assaults, probably eliminating true youngsters. True accidents are known to be at all time lows. If the article is calling for long overdue gun-safety training in schools, where ignorance is the order of the day, then it is a welcome relief. Is that the focal point? Doubtful.

The researchers certainly didn't need hospital stats so that "their findings reveal the need for more education about gun safety in the U.S." -- because there isn't any. But by saying, "Pediatricians and other health care providers can play an important role in preventing these injuries through counseling about firearm safety, including safe storage," they are merely promoting Mr. Obama's new mantra, part of his congressional-bypass executive order to keep all guns unloaded and incapable of operating.

That also seeks, first, to have doctors inquiring about guns in the home, an invasion of privacy and a medical "boundary violation," since doctors are unqualified to counsel people about guns, it is outside their field of expertise. And second, it advances a slippery democrat agenda that guns are OK as long as they don't work. Col. Jeff Cooper pointed out that a gun that's safe isn't worth anything; guns must be managed to balance their deadly value and need to protect the innocent and the ignorant.

The bottom line is that this study, if the "news" report is any indication, is anything but scientific and contributes little to our understanding of guns, safety, youth, or what's really going on at Yale. FOX should be ashamed of itself for such slipshod and incomplete reporting (or rather, reprinting of handed-out press releases), and American academia continues its headlong slide from excellence into irrelevance and agenda-driven worthlessness.

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