by HEATHER WILHELM
Superstition helps explain how people think about gun laws, declared an October headline at The Economist, adding that a large number of Republican voters indulge in magical thinking. Supporters of gun rights, the article continues, understand the world on the basis of feelings and gut instinct, not doctrine or empirical facts, even when confronted with them.
Well then. Lest we be accused of magical thinking when it comes to the Texas tragedy, let's look at the empirical facts. Here's a big one: In the case of the deaths of 26 people at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, the government, the same sprawling, bureaucratic behemoth that die-hard gun control advocates insist we trust with every element of our personal safety screwed up big time. Full Story....Here
by TOM COBURN
Last week President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public-health emergency, pledging to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction. Opioid addiction kills more Americans than AIDS and has taken a terrible toll on families in my state, Oklahoma. From 2007 to 2016, drug-related deaths there grew by nearly 70 percent, with two-thirds of them involving opioids. What pains me most as a physician is the knowledge that this epidemic is largely man-made, fueled by federal regulations linking pain management to Medicare reimbursement. That linkage encouraged many physicians to treat common aches ” such as lower-back pain with powerful opioids meant to blunt pain from serious diseases. Full Story....Here
We're used to anti-gun zealots shamelessly using national horrors to take political cheap shots, but following the Las Vegas massacre, they've hit a new low by blaming masculinity for the bloodshed that shocked our nation.
Anti-gun activists would like you to think that gun violence is a growing problem in the United States as alpha males flock to gun shows to buy weapons. But this is completely untrue. Gun violence has decreased almost equally with the increase in gun ownership. States with higher gun ownership don't have more murders. Not to mention, since 1993, the gun homicide rate has fallen by nearly 50 percent, despite recent increases in some urban areas. Full Story....Here
By Henry Oliner
Advocates for a single-payer health care system address legitimate concerns for the shortcomings of our prevailing system. They philosophically believe that a free market has limitations, especially in an area of such individual and social importance as our health care system. They also believe that single-payer systems abroad with vastly different dynamics have admirable results that we can emulate by adopting their more evolved solution.