21 December 2007

Trama Surgeons Either Plagiarize Each Other, Or 'Receive' Identical Scripts

A Nebraska trama doc who treated victims of the mall shooting in Omaha is speaking out and saying he believes so-called "assault weapons" should be banned. Here is his quote from the news conference:

"These are...weapons that are only meant to destroy tissue and kill people."

Now, when I read this I had a sense of deja vu. I felt sure I had heard these words before, or something close. Going back through more than a decade of notes, testimony, videotape and with the help of a little online research, I found the answer. It turns out there is a doctor in Ohio, an emergency physician (coincidentally) at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus. Dr. Jonathan I. Groner is director of the trauma program at Children’s as well as a pediatric surgeon there. Moreover (wait for it) . . . he is a board member of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence (OCAGV) -- the front group in the Buckeye State for the national Ceasefire/Brady Campaign (formerly HCI)/Violence Policy Center cabal. Bingo!

Dr. Groner used nearly identical wording to that of Nebraska's Dr. Joseph Stothert when he came in to testify before Columbus City Council in 2005. Then, the city prepared to launch its third attempt to ban competition rifles there. The first two laws passed in the late 1980s were overturned in federal court as a result of aggressive lawsuits filed by Peoples Rights Organization. Passage of a new ban two years ago was rendered moot when the Ohio General Assembly in 2006 smartly passed citizen safety legislation making firearms laws the sole responsibility of state lawmakers. This finally eliminated the abuse of home rule priveleges that had been exploited by Ohio municipalities to curry favor with contributors or push political agendas. Many Ohio cities had passed non-sensical gun bans and registration programs that some of their own city attorneys admitted would never have an impact on crime.

Anyway, at that time, pro-self-defense and shooting sports supporters -- who made up the majority of people attending hearings at Columbus City Hall -- had in their camp a former director of the Columbus Health Department and professor of public health policy at Ohio State. He testified eloquently about such bans being meaningless to improving public health, as evidenced by a number of national studies, including one conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. To combat this compelling argument, the City of Columbus (urged on by OCAGV and San Francisco's Legal Community Against Violence (LCAV) brought in Dr. Groner. Worse, city officials and gun grabber organizers embarrassed the good doctor (in my humble opinion) by urging him to wear his white lab coat during his testimony -- attempting to create the illusion that Groner was the only true health professional testifying on this important matter. The moment I saw him approach the lecturn, clad in resplendent white, I knew the purpose of this photo-op . . . and I felt sorry for him at the same time. Doctors do not wear their whites out of the hospital, or office. It just isn't done.

Groner spoke that day in 2005, and used virtually those same words we just heard uttered in Nebraska; that scaring looking rifles are only meant to destroy tissue and kill people. He added phrases about such firearms also being designed to efficiently kill large numbers of people. He needs to stick to medicine, or take both a ballistics and gunsmithing class so he no longer utters such nonsense. Anyone who has taken just a moment to learn about this tool can easily find evidence to the contrary. For example, even the most benign looking single-shot bolt-action centerfire rifle is far more powerful than a competition rifle. And military firearms are designed to limit tissue dissruption, to wound rather than kill. Why? Because an enemy force must expend more resources to take care of its wounded. But the average American doesn't know this, a fact well exploited by the antis. But I digress.

Here is a challenge I am considering taking on when I find some time: If I look hard enough, I bet I will find the same language used by yet one or two more emergency physicians somewhere else in the nation on this same issue . . . What are the odds? I may not have been the first to notice this. Perhaps others have written on it. But it is insulting to the intellect to see the media and anti self-defense politicians swoon over Dr. Stothert's comments this week, no matter how sincere he may be personally. The coverage of his remarks was treated as if he arrived at a conclusion that no one before had ever considered.

Folks, what I am getting at is that these people are ALL working from the SAME playbook, and reading from the SAME scripts. Got it? It's not new to me, or others who follow the American Arms Wars, but it should be an education to those who are finally wondering about their personal safety.

More importantly, it should raise additional questions among thinking people about those who would deny Americans their basic human right of self defense in the face of exponential evidence of just how dangerous our "gun-free" malls, churches and college campuses really are.

5 comments:

CDW said...

wow, this is a winner of an essay mr. greer. keep it up and thank you.

Matt Davis said...

Hi Brent. Matt D here. I was sitting in that same city council meeting room when the doctor walked up the front in his physician whites. Being a former EMT I had never seen anything like it. You have pulled together yet another example of how those who want full disarmament of the American people, and how organized they are. Thank you and I will be reading regularly from now on.

Sentry Duty said...

The good doctor can have his opinion, but as I have read elsewhere, he needs to stick to surgery and not talk on subjects which he clearly does not understand. He is being used by politicians with other plans and the anti gun people, who have a much larger agenda on tap.

Anonymous said...

THESE DAYS I DO NOT GO INTO MALLS OR STORES IF THEY ARE POSTED. I AM SAFER BEING ARMED. THERE ARE PLENTY OF STORES TO GET WHAT I NEED.

Anonymous said...

THESE DAYS I DO NOT GO INTO MALLS OR STORES IF THEY ARE POSTED. I AM SAFER BEING ARMED. THERE ARE PLENTY OF STORES TO GET WHAT I NEED.