American College of Physicians: Ban Plastic and Semiautomatic Guns

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The American College of Physicians (ACP) is calling on Congress to ban plastic guns, semiautomatic guns, and automatic guns as well.

NBC News reports the ACP released new guidelines in which they describe gun crimes as “a public health crisis.” They called for more gun control in the acquisition of firearms,  as well as bans on plastic guns and semiautomatic firearms.

They based much of their claims on firearm related injuries to “teenagers and children.” Dr. Faiz Gani took part in the study and noted, “We found that for every 100,000 teenagers and children arriving to the emergency department, 11 come for a gun-related injury.”

Note that only 11 out of 100,000 teenagers and children going to the emergency room do so because of a firearm-related injury, yet ACP wants to ban plastic guns and semiautomatic guns. And yes, they want to ban “high capacity” magazines as well.

Researchers looking at firearm injuries to children almost always add in injuries to teenagers, as that lets them include youth wounded in gang violence and street crime, thereby raising the number of reported injuries. And this is because children 10 and under are far more likely to die in accidental fire or drowning deaths than they are in firearm-related incidents.

On January 31, 2014, Breitbart News reported John Lott’s summary of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention numbers on accidental deaths of children age 10 and below. Lott showed the number of children unintentionally killed in fire-related deaths was over seven times higher than the number of children killed in unintentional gun-related deaths, and the number of children killed in unintentional drowning deaths was 16 times higher than the number of children killed in unintentional gun-related deaths.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at Sign up to get Down Range at


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