For John, BLUF: Do we do a good job of identifying the real threats? Nothing to see here; just move along.
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From Samizdata, Natalie Solent, of Essex, 30 October 2018.
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A hundred victims, and it is not even the BBC’s top story.I wonder what Mass Aaorney General Maura Healey thinks about this? Should we be treating medical tools like we do the right to bear arms?
Towards the end of the last century I visited a very nice elderly couple, the husband of whom was a retired doctor. I noticed a flyer or newsletter sitting on their kitchen table with a heading something like “Doctors against gun violence”. At that time Dr Harold Shipman had fairly recently been arrested and the sheer number of his victims – more than two hundred – was beginning to emerge. I could not help thinking that, given that the number of people Shipman had killed by medical means exceeded by a great margin the death toll of the two largest shooting mass murders that had then occurred in the UK, Dunblane and Hungerford, maybe there was scope for a rival pamphlet called “Gun owners against medical violence”. The thought remained unspoken, of course, and a good thing too.
Regards — Cliff