The Douglass Report June 2001

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The pediatricians want your guns

I have known for over 40 years that pediatricians are, for the most part, leftist lovers of the State, both local and federal. Their income, to a considerable degree, depends on cooperation with state and federal agencies. They are involved in welfare programs from medical school onward. Statism is in their blood.

Now the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP), also known as "Ape," has gone completely ape on state power. They have revealed themselves the left wing subversive twits I have always said they are. They poke around in the private lives of the families they treat like neurotic old grannies, clucking around looking for dirty underwear and apple cores under the bed. I once had a know-it-all pediatrician admit to me that when he made a house call-and he loved to make house calls-he would immediately ask to use the bathroom "to check it for cleanliness."

That was 40 years ago. The present generation of these prying pecksniffs is checking for guns. They assume it's a government-mandated duty for them to smell for guns in the house, like a dog sniffing luggage at the airport. Their modus operandi, when alone with a child, is to ask them: "Is there a gun in the house? Do your friends next door have a gun? What kind of movies do you watch at home? Is your father a hunter?" Does that sound like a sneaky Bolshevik spy to you? It does to me.

The California state legislature has gone so far as to pass a bill that will mandate pediatricians to ask probing questions regarding gun ownership and exposure to violence. It will be mind control as predicted in the book, 1984.

Rusty Selix, executive director of the Mental Health Association in California-an organization in support of the bill-told WorldNetDaily that the bill was never intended to assess risk factors for violence. "That's not what we were doing," Selix said. "But we can see how someone would take it that way." (Thanks, Rusty you're a great help.)

However you take it, violence risk factors are a primary and recurring subject with the AAP. Their publication, "The Role of the Pediatrician in Youth Violence Prevention in Clinical Practice" outlines specific measures to be taken by pediatricians in violence prevention, including advocacy of gun-control proposals. According to the academy, the publication "establishes an agenda for making this a routine part of pediatric practice."

That's the bottom line for these sneaky snoopers-and don't forget it. Doctors, especially pediatricians, are the front line shock troops in the confiscation of all guns from American homes.

It's ironic, really, when you consider that more people are accidentally killed by doctors than are accidentally killed by guns. In fact, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners are. We need a new bumper sticker:


Dr. Jack Swanson, a member of the Pediatric Practice Action Group, said: "Pediatrics is all about supervising health care and providing anticipatory guidance to help children grow and mature physically, socially and safely." I thought that was the job of the parents, but I guess I was wrong.

Writing this article brought me to further revelations about the true scope of the gun-confiscation problem. I found that the pediatricians are only the cutting edge of an all-out attack by medical organizations across the board.

Most doctors know nothing about guns and so are unqualified to enter this arena. They are no more qualified than a carpenter attempting to perform orthopedic surgery. The physicians and medical organizations howling for gun restriction have a political agenda. Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is that those doctors who are knowledgeable in the handling of firearms, and appreciate their importance to public health as well as safety for the family, do not have a voice in the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Practice, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, the Center for Disease Control, or the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). All of these powerful organizations have explicit anti-gun agendas and are arrayed against your right to defend your family in your own home.

Neil Brooks, MD, president of the American Academy of Family Practice, noted that "in a nation with 38 million children between ages 10 and 17 years, the shootings at a handful of schools, from an epidemiologic standpoint, are exceedingly rare events. But [the shootings] caught the public's attention and may help us get to other kids who will act out in other ways," he said. "It may also help people better understand the trauma kids are going through and may help us avoid these problems."

At least he got part of it right: "Shootings at a handful of schools, from an epidemiologic standpoint, are exceedingly rare events." However, doctors, being human, react irrationally and inappropriately. With the phalanx of money and power behind them, they will probably prevail.

The medical campaign against home security-and that is precisely what it amounts to-is being conducted with the efficiency of a German Panzer division. It is awesome in its scope and terrifying in its implications: it will bring about the complete unshackling of the beast of uncontrollable government-welcome to the United Soviet States of Amerika-the USSA, compliments of America's caring medical community.

Action to take:

(1) Don't use a pediatrician. Take your children to a common sense, gun-toting GP. If he needs a pediatrician, which won't be often, he'll call one.

(2) If you insist on using one of these pediatric mouthpieces of the federal government, tell him to keep his politics to himself or you will sue him for intellectual child abuse.

The best way to fight these medical commissars is to get them out of your children's lives and keep their prying eyes out of your home. They are more dangerous to your family than hepatitis or germ warfare. RH

References:, 4/01
Medical News & Perspectives, Mike Mitka, American Medical Association, 1998