Doctors and Guns --- A Failure of the Public Health Model (Part I)

Jack Tidwell, MD
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Spring 2001
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Dear Editor,
The expressed sentiments are so irresistibly logical and articulate, unemotional (which is good, because we put up resistance to emotion most of the time fearing that we will look like kooks if we get caught up in it). I truly like what you all are doing. More than that I love the truth. The truth should sell itself and I think it will if we use the power of repetition more than we use emotion.

As to the government's primary educational obligations to me as a citizen, they are as follows: For my personal security, it is to teach me and each succeeding generation: 1. how to vote, and 2. how to shoot.

As to what the government is not to do to me: For my personal security: 1. It is not to interfere with my hearing or acting upon my philosophical opposition to it, and 2. It is not to interfere with or prevent me from protecting myself physically from itself or from others.

The common rule is for each citizen to manage and defend his own yard first...protecting himself by voting and only by shooting as a last resort. Obeying this rule of responsibility is essential for personal and family protection. On the back of the dollar bill it says, "In God We Trust," meaning that we trust that misdeeds will ultimately be corrected by God....

Jack Tidwell, MD
Columbus, GA

Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2001;6(1);1-4. Copyright©2001 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

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