Oregon Democrat Wants Research on “Health Effect of Guns”

Oregon Democrat Representative Earl Blumenauer thinks guns are a health risk like tobacco. In the same way that doctors would encourage their patients to stop smoking, doctors should be able to question their patients about guns and make “appropriate” recommendations. CNS News reported:

Blumenauer’s “Enough is Enough” plan looks back to how the U.S. government addressed tobacco use and automobile safety in years past and calls for a similar approach to guns.

“The Surgeon General’s report on tobacco was a major catalyst for the efforts to reduce tobacco use. Ralph Nader’s research captured headlines and focused public attention on automobile safety. Similarly, we need more research on the health effects of guns. We can start by improving the ability of researchers and the federal government to study and share information about guns,” according to the plan.

The plan also increases the role of doctors and nurses in the debate on guns. “Our doctors and nurses should be part of the efforts to increase gun safety. Just as your physician would encourage you to stop smoking, or to put your child in a car seat, they should be able to ask questions and give advice about guns. People know and trust their doctors; when doctors encourage safe gun practices, people listen,” the plan says.

His plan also uses Australia as the bright, shining example of what gun bans can do to curb “gun violence.” Watch this 6 ½ minute video to see what happened in the “land down under” when law-abiding citizens were forced to give up their guns. Here are some highlights:

  • Armed robberies up by 69%
  • Assaults with guns up by 28%
  • Gun murders up by 19%
  • Home invasions up by 21%

So, maybe they should do a study on the health effects of gun control.