13 July 18
Medical Gun Experts?
The leftist AMA puts political pressure on doctor/members to discourage patients from being gun-owners.
Doctors are instructed to ask patients if they own guns, and then advise them to get rid of all of them!
Many doctors, particularly my students, ignore this sleazy, leftist, political propaganda, but many others adhere to it, even asking patients to fill-out forms where they are asked if they own guns.
Most doctors and other health-care professionals are not academically qualified to provide anyone with advice on guns safety! A medical degree does not automatically make one an “expert” on any subject you care to mention!
When my doctor advises me to quit smoking, he at least speaks with authority. He certainly knows more than I do about this subject. It doesn’t mean he can’t be wrong, but I should still listen to him, because he knows what he is talking about.
With subjects outside of medicine and health, he may be no more qualified to render advice than I am.
In fact, he may be a good deal less qualified!
I realize the AMA, of which some doctors are members, is a leftist organization. They hate guns. They love government-controlled health care. They love government control in general!
They promulgate many non-medical, leftist political opinions.
I really have no interest in their opinion on any political issue, so long as I don’t have to listen to them!
But, we all need to remember this:
Any and all conversations you have with your doctor are not “protected.” Contents of any conversation you have with your doctor can be penetrated by our criminal-justice system. That is, your doctor can be legally compelled to reveal the contents of any conversation you had with him, on any subject, in any forum, and at any time.
In order to help you, of course, your doctor often has to ask personal questions of a medical nature that are relevant to your health, and your own best interests are probably served by answering these questions.
But, when your doctor asks you whom you voted for in the last election, or about the church you attend, or how many guns you own, or other irrelevant questions about your personal, political, or religious beliefs, I for one, become very ill at ease!
I respond with something like this:
“Doctor, with all due respect, your non-medical questions are making me very uncomfortable.
I will therefore decline to answer all irrelevant questions about my personal life, politics, religion, guns I may or may not own, etc.
All that is, frankly, none of your business.”
I’m not sure I know how to make it any more polite than that!
Guns you may own, like places you travel, people you know, your political opinions, etc, are not subjects you should discuss casually, nor with people you don’t know well, nor particularly with people who don’t need to know.
We’re living in a dangerous time. You must protect yourself from all kinds of threats.
Sometimes, information itself can become a threat!
“To do evil, a human being must first believe that what he’s doing is good, or else that it’s a well-considered act in conformity with natural law. Fortunately, it is in the nature of the human being to seek ‘justification’ for his actions.
Macbeth’s self-justifications were feeble, and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb too. The imagination and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare’s evil-doers stopped at a dozen corpses.
Because they had no ideology.
Ideology, that is what gives evil-doing its long-sought justification and gives the evil-doer necessary steadfastness and determination. This is the ‘social theory’ which helps to make his acts seem good instead of bad in his own and others’ eyes, so that he won’t hear reproaches and curses, but will receive praise and honors.
Thanks to ideology, the Twentieth Century was fated to experience evil-doing on a scale calculated in the murder of millions!
This cannot be denied, nor passed-over, nor suppressed.
How, then, do we dare insist that evil-doers do not exist?
Who was it that destroyed these millions?
Without evil-doers, there would have been no Archipelago.”
From “The Gulag Archipelago,” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn