Archive for March, 2017
Trauma care in America today is better than ever…and probably also more expensive than ever. Those who would ban civilian use of firearms like to take figures on gunshot victims, multiply by
cost of treatment, and claim that we gun owners are somehow responsible for billions of
dollars in medical care for victims of criminals and gang wars.
Now comes Dan Zimmerman from over at TTAG with an opposing view. Please read it here.
… and tell me what you think. I was never an economics major nor a statistician, and a lot of
you are better at analyzing this sort of thing than I am. I’d like to hear your opinions. And
congratulations to Dan Zimmerman for taking this novel look at things ͞from our perspective.͟
In medicine, grave circumstances sometimes require toxin-anti-toxin therapy: poison against poison. Chemotherapy may make a cancer patient feel sick in different ways, but it can save the patient’s life; therapeutic radiation may have ugly side-effects and therapeutic amputation literally costs you a part of your body, but if it takes the cancer away and saves your life, it’s an acceptable price. Having to kill another human being is a traumatic experience, but if it saves your life and/or that of another good person, it was worth the ordeal.
That’s something well understood by Dr. Richard Carmona. Under President George W. Bush, he served four years as Surgeon General of the United States. Prior to that, though, he had overcome being born poor by joining the Army, becoming a Green Beret medic and gaining combat experience in Vietnam, and thereafter working his way through medical school. He went on to become a pioneer of the SWAT physician concept: a doctor capable of performing emergency surgery if necessary right there at “the sharp end” to save a life when someone took a bullet. Dr. Carmona performed that function for the Pima County Sheriff’s Office, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.
It was in that city when, in 1999, he was off-duty and came upon a vicious psycho with a gun who was about to murder a woman he was carjacking. Unknown to Dr. Carmona, that man had earlier murdered his own father. Carmona instantly drew his department issue Colt .45 auto, and saved the innocent woman’s life. In the course of that gunfight, he was wounded by the killer, but his own accurate gunfire killed the gunman.
I met Dr. Carmona early in this century, when he was Surgeon General and a guest speaker at an annual conference of ASLET, the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers. Many years later, I was able to sit down with him in Tucson and interview him.
That interview is now available for you to download for free at the ProArms Podcast.
I respectfully submit that what he has to say is very much worth the time it will take you to listen to it, and I herewith publicly thank Dr. Carmona yet again for making it available to you.
I thought I’d share this interesting read, courtesy of regular correspondent Ted –
Comments welcome, as always.
Layoffs at Remington, a huge arms/ammo manufacturing entity and something of a bellwether for the industry.
Layoffs at Colt, too – including Brent Turchi, head of the Custom Shop, who has long been one of Colt’s great ambassadors. American industry has an unfortunate habit of trying to lose weight by cutting away brain tissue instead of fat. Rumor is that Mark Redl will be adding Brent’s duties to his own. Mark is another of Colt’s great assets.
NRA seems to see some light at the end of the tunnel for Colt, and I hope they’re right.
Discussion of same here.