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Jews For The Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Inc.
P.O. Box 270143
Hartford, WI 53027

Phone (262) 673-9745
Fax (262) 673-9746


Physicians & Firearms: What Will Your Doctor Prescribe?

Your physician might soon receive a copy of the American MedicalAssociation's (AMA) "new guide for physicians on how to counsel theirpatients about firearm safety."1 Funded by the anti-gun JoyceFoundation, about 70,000 copies of the guide will be distributednationwide. Under the guise of "patient counseling," doctors using theAMA materials will be discouraging people from owning or using firearms.

We haven't seen a copy of the guide yet, but it is described as"a safety primer [which] offers doctors an overview of the public healthand clinical issues involved in firearm use, including a review of theepidemiology of gunshot injuries and deaths."2 We anticipate that theguide contains the bogus statistical claims that merely having a gun inyour home greatly increases your risk of being killed by a person withsomebody's gun. JPFO and others have debunked these statistics,3but the gun prohibitionists will likely be peddling these stats withoutproviding the opposing views.

One section of the guide reportedly also "describes differenttypes of guns and ammunition doctors should know about."JPFO agrees that doctors, and everyone else, should have a workingknowledge of firearms. Unfortunately, however, the guide willlikely describe firearms not as tools or potential life savers ... butmore like a medical book might describe a virus, a poison, or a bitinginsect.

Competent firearms instructors need not fear competition fromdoctors. We'd be astounded if the AMA guide teaches real gun safety,e.g., how to carry a firearm, how to position the trigger finger whennot actually shooting, how to clear the chamber, how to always pointthe firearm in a safe direction, safe cleaning techniques, and how toremove a misfired round. And we are unaware of any plans for the AMA tobuild shooting ranges for its members ... or their patients.

Every new wave of "gun control" activism brings a newopportunity to get our message out to interested people. Don't let theAMA's propaganda go unchallenged. Here's your action item list:

1. Buy a 25-copy bundle of JPFO's special report entitled "Disarming theData Doctors." ($19.95 U.S. post paid). Send or deliver copies todoctors and other health care professionals. Send them anonymously ifyou want ... but get the information to them. Include a very brief noteto say that this report will counteract the what the AMA is preaching inits new "gun violence" guide.

2. Get copies of Brasco the Bear (tm) Firearm Safety coloring books foryounger kids -- so that they will learn real gun safety with a balancedview.

3. If you haven't taken a professional gun safety course, then youshould enroll in one soon. You will not only learn how to operatefirearms safely (and accurately), but you will also be able to see thebig difference between the AMA's approach and true gun safety information.

Don't forget: No other gun rights group in America gives you as manydifferent ways to destroy "gun control" as JPFO does. Take action -- doit today! Visit our website athttp://www.jpfo.org or call us at (262) 673-9745 or fax us at (262) 673-9746. You can also sendmail to:

Jews For the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
P.O. Box 270143
Hartford, WI 53027


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