Gary F. Kuhns, MD
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Kuhns G.; Firearm Injury Prevention. Ann Intern Med. 1998;129:335-336. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-129-4-199808150-00018
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1998;129(4):335-336.
TO THE EDITOR:
Although I thought that the American College of Physicians (ACP) had exhausted its inventory of socialist ideas with its pronouncements on health care reform, imagine my surprise upon receiving the 1 February 1998 issue of Annals. A small and contrived “survey” of physicians , many ill-formed on gun issues, was used to justify the release of a position paper  that regurgitated almost verbatim the lunacies of the hardcore antigun lobby. Unfortunately, the word limit of the Letters section prevents my rebutting this absurdly naive document in detail. By use of many studies that have been discredited [3, 4], “factoids” from activists' speeches, and, when all else fails, simple statements of positions without even the pretense of supporting data, the position paper demonstrates that ACP, in searching for rationalizations to justify its antigun bias, has defaulted on its professional obligations of balance and objectivity. Alternate perspectives and data that did not fit the predetermined conclusions were not considered. The Task Force should know that its work thereby represents intellectual, scientific, and, dare I say, moral fraud. “Junk science” on gun issues in the manner of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control  is beneath the dignity of ACP.
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