Reading the latest Annals of Emergency Medicine today, I came across this Policy Statement:
ACEP deplores the threat to public safety that results from the widespread availability of assault weapons and high capacity ammunition devices. ACEP supports a comprehensive ban on all sales of assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
Where to start. I deplore specialty societies that are ignorant of the constitution, and which haven’t learned from recent history. We had an AW ban, and it was a farce. Scawwy-looking guns were banned, while the same guns with different stocks were OK. Also, nobody is crowing about the big changes in gun violence that resulted from its enactment (none attributable to the ban), or pointing out there’s been no change since its repeal.
ACEP should be ashamed of itself for this piece of liberal-pandering. This is the kind of crap that drove me out of the AMA, and is an excellent way to drive EM docs out of ACEP.