SAFE: Simpletons Advocating Freedom Extermination

Yet another anti-rights doctors group pretending “gun violence” (and why aren’t they concerned about other types?) is a disease.

Stanford doctors lead national effort to stop gun violence
If a virus, bacteria or cancer killed 35,000 people a year, there would be an outraged demand for a cure, they say.

“If this were any other public health problem, we wouldn’t stand for it,” said Spain

Really? So you don’t give a shit about (via CDC):

• Heart disease: 633,842
• Cancer: 595,930
• Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 155,041
• Accidents (unintentional injuries): 146,571
• Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 140,323
• Alzheimer’s disease: 110,561
• Diabetes: 79,535
• Influenza and pneumonia: 57,062
• Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 49,959
• Intentional self-harm (suicide): 44,193

Wait. What? He’s sort of right about cancer. It doesn’t kill just 35,000 people per year. It kills 17 TIMES that many.

What about banning motor vehicles (40,528 deaths)? Or don’t you care about those people, Spain?

As a result, there are no answers to standard epidemiological questions, such as: Who’s at highest risk of gun injury? Where do guns come from? Are the people arrested for gun crimes the owners, or are weapons stolen? Are there ways to make guns safer?

Why bless your heart. -psst- Take a look at UCR data.

Who’s at highest risk of gun injury?

Young black males. Oddly enough, those are also the ones mostly doing the shooting. Mostly in large urban centers. The UCR has tables just for that stuff.

Where do guns come from?

90% are stolen. Average time to crime around 12 years. You should look at existing ATF trace data, too.

Are the people arrested for gun crimes the owners, or are weapons stolen?

See above. 90% of the firearms are stolen, meaning those weren’t the owners. 60% of murderers have disqualifying prior felony convictions, meaning they aren’t lawful owners even if the gun wasn’t stolen. Only about 6% of criminals using firearms obtained them through lawful channels.

According to the standsafe.org whois, SAFE has been around for at least two months: created 2018-07-09, and you guys haven’t even figured out that those answers exist already?

Holy fuck. I hope I never need you to diagnose an illness for me.

Are there ways to make guns safer?

Manufacturers have been doing that for a long time Improved propellants. Safeties, redundant safeties, firing pin blocks. Better metallurgy. Recoil control. Improved ergonomics. Weapon Mounted Lights for better target identification.

Engineers are on it. I doubt that your training as a trauma surgeon will help with mechanical engineering decisions. Stick with what you know.

Whatever that is.

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