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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 02:55 PM

On Assignment: Doctor considers gun violence a disease

Source: WISN 12 News (abc)

MILWAUKEE —One of the nation's leading experts in gun violence said he considers gunshot wounds a public health emergency.
WISN 12 News' Kathy Mykelby went on assignment to explore his scientific approach to gun violence.

Treating everything from accidents, street bloodshed to the Sikh temple rampage, the chairman of emergency medicine for the Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital has come to describe gun violence a disease.

"Many of us here at Froedtert, as well as across the country, approach injury, acute injuries from car crashes, falls and gunshot wounds as a disease caused by a physical agent -- kinetic energy and that meets the definition of a disease," Dr. Stephen Hargarten said.

USA Today dubbed Hargarten one of the "nation's leading gun violence experts." The Shorewood native prefers a different portrayal.







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The need for a citizen to possess an assault weapon or any other gun--for the killing of another should be viewed as a mental disorder/disease that has grown to epidemic proportions here in the US. This disease, as we have all seen, has a significant mental illness component.
Placing armed guards in schools only role models for the vulnerable children that GUNS ARE THE ANSWER OR THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY and will cause this disease to spread.

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hue Feb 2013 OP
madrchsod Feb 2013 #1
Mojorabbit Feb 2013 #2
JDPriestly Feb 2013 #3
hue Feb 2013 #4

Response to hue (Original post)

Thu Feb 7, 2013, 04:43 PM

1. it is a disease

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Response to hue (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 12:48 AM

2. I am a former nurse. This guy is calling injuries from car crashes a disease. No. nt

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Response to hue (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 02:33 AM

3. Question: Is an inappropriate obsession with having weapons a mental illness in and of itself?

Using guns for protection when you live in a rural area without a responsive police force or using guns for hunting are not signs of an inappropriate obsession with having weapons.

But there is a line over which the desire to have guns is an inappropriate obsession?

And if so, is that obsession in itself a symptom of a mental illness?

If so in some cases, is it in all cases?

Why are people so adamant about having their guns if they don't have an inappropriate obsession?

Just ramblings on this topic. Just questions. But some of the posts by pro-gun people on DU are really disturbingly obsessive to me. Not all of them.

I am sympathetic to people who have guns for specific purposes other than paranoia and an obsessive desire to feel "safe" and empowered by the possession of guns.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:27 AM

4. There is a distinction between owning guns for hunting and self protection and gun violence...

To settle arguments, resorting to violence to the point of killing another for reasons of jealousy for example, or control of your spouse is a disease, The actual DISEASE factor is that many Peeps do not/cannot make the distinction. The ability to make the distinction between responsible use of a gun and use of a weapon that can end another person's life d/t lack of one's own self control during emotional surges is a responsibility that should be required in order to own sch a weapon--tho other weapons and even household items are used to end others' lives.
Those who resort to killing another obviously lack conflict resolution skills and other coping mechanisms. It is a mental and emotional maturity deficit. For some it is PTSD. We don't allow children to have assault weapons but there are many folks who are developmentally at a child's level. In fact many children are more creative about relationship problem solving than adults.
But simply allowing anyone over 21 to own assault weapons is not the answer.

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