Vik Khanna is the latest man with a gun to write squealing in terror before the kale crunching, fitbit wearing hordes of public health types who he is somehow sure are out to disarm him and, even more hilariously, have any chance of doing so.
Vik, buddy, no one and especially the roughly 28 folks in public health not completely distracted by their lack of funding and inability to secure tenure is capable of doing anything that will pry your gun from your warm-blooded grip. There is no political movement to take away anyone’s guns. The NRA is the mightiest lobbying outfit in these United States and the best Mike Bloomberg or Bill Gates are going to be able to do is to get the anti-gun lobby a few more op-eds and soundbites.
Vik stop being afraid of your critics. You hold all the bullets er … cards. Time to think harder. Do public health folks have anything to offer that might reduce the mayhem while letting you hunt deer or shoot partridge or blast targets or whatever it is you and your son like to do with your guns?
Well yes in fact there are some things from the minds of the unarmed weenies of public health worth your consideration and that of your open-carry pals.
How about encouraging doctors, ministers, sporting goods salespeople and other community leaders to learn about and then talk about gun safety? How about greater efforts to get gun owners to lock up their guns and ammo properly. How’s about getting hunters to wear the right high-visibility gear. Is there any merit to making guns safer including ‘smart’ guns? Can we teach people to call the cops when they know there is a gun in the house of someone who is mentally ill or under a restraining order? A little training for kids about what to do if they find a gun?
I could go on but I have to walk out to my Prius so I can go to the store and buy some gluten-free pasta to feed a few of my public health pals before we do our evening Bikram yoga. I won’t be seeing you at the shooting-range. There are too many kids gripping Uzis there for my comfort. Oops Sorry. Didn’t mean to make you think I was gonna try and restrict any 9-year-olds right to fire automatic weapons.
Art Caplan heads the Bioethics program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a contributor for THCB and NBC News.