Why Don’t Hospitals Want More Gun Control?
The war on guns will never end. The mainstream narrative has gone quiet because the short attention span of the majority of the left requires them to go with the flavor of the week. That doesn’t change the fact that there is a dedicated base that is always trying to shove more gun control down our throats.
These people are the most dangerous threat to our freedom, and many of them know that. They’ll try to convince you that entire sections of the country are on their side and that you should abandon the fight. It’s an insidious tactic. In fact, it probably has you assuming that most doctors and healthcare workers favor more gun control. The truth is far more interesting.
Leftist groups are proud of their incessant calls for gun control. They want stricter laws and more CDC research. The latter is ironic considering it was Obama who banned CDC research after he didn’t like their findings. Among those leftist groups are large contingency of doctors and healthcare professionals.
“Guns Kill People” is a network of medical publications fighting fervently for more gun laws. Plenty of doctor groups are also in the trenches — raising money for lobbying efforts. In the midst of this mania, one group is oddly silent: hospitals.
The American Hospital Association
The largest lobbying group in the nation that represents hospitals has more than 5,000 facilities under their umbrella. Throughout the years, they have never once made a public statement calling for gun control.
They have a strong anti-violence initiative. It looks into ways to prevent violence and make communities safer. The group spends a fair chunk of change on it every year, but nowhere in any of its publications or outreach programs does it mention guns specifically.
Equally strange, it doesn’t call for legislation. Instead, the initiative focuses on outreach programs, education assistance and community building to fight violence. The only thing even resembling a gun-control call from the group is an expressed desire for more CDC research on all violence, guns included.
The American Hospital Association isn’t an outlier. The largest hospital organizations include the Children’s Hospital Association, Catholic Health Association, Federation of American Hospitals and America’s Essential Hospitals. They represent thousands more hospitals across the country, and from all of them, you can only find one statement that sounds anti-gun at all. That came after the Sandy Hook shooting, and America’s Essential Hospitals made a public call for an end to gun violence.
They didn’t support any specific legislation. They didn’t sign petitions. They just said that gun violence is bad. And, that is the only “blemish” on any of these organizations. Simply put, they are not anti-gun.
Of course, there are exceptions. Individual hospitals are not always on the same page as their associations, but those are extremely rare. In fact, there are only three hospitals in the country that are currently pursuing a public stance on gun control: Massachusetts General in Boston, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Children’s Mercy Kansas City. That’s it.
This leads us to the obvious question. Why are hospitals so consistently silent on gun control? A few presidents have answered that question, and their words were predictably noncommittal. According to these people, hospitals stand to gain nothing by taking sides on controversial political issues. You can see consistency there. These groups shy from all of the hot-button topics of the day.
But, gun violence more directly affects hospitals than most issues. In fact, more than 99 percent of gunshot victims are treated at hospitals. Even more to the point, a large number of those victims are on Medicare or Medicaid. Those are money losing issues for hospitals. Despite the impact to the bottom line, they’re still quiet.
There’s a more likely reason that you don’t hear tons of cries for gun control from hospitals, their workers and their associations. They don’t believe in it. Disenchanted workers are the first to admit that shooters are criminals and unlikely to obey additional laws. Hospital workers in Chicago really don’t care if Alaska has a higher rate of violence than their city. They only know what they see– an endless stream of gunshot victims every day. They also know that the city’s efforts to tighten gun control have made no impact in their work.
In the end, this brings us to an important delineation. The bulk of doctors and care providers working in hospitals are less fervent about gun control. They want to see an end to violence, but they seem less naive in their efforts. The doctors who don’t deal with gunshots on a daily basis are more likely to sign petitions and go with the mainstream narrative.
It shows another example of what we’ve known all along: realists and pragmatists don’t want gun control. They know it will never end violence.
~ National Gun Network