America, Guns, and Freedom

America, Guns, and Freedom

by Miguel A. Faria Jr. M.D.

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Overview

Dr. Miguel Faria’s journey into politics and the public health and gun control movements began when, as editor of the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia, he studied the problem of gun violence and discovered the gun research conducted by the medical establishment was not scientific research as claimed, but politicized, result-oriented propaganda designed to bolster the preordained conclusion that guns should be eradicated from the general population. Faria and three other experts testified before a congressional subcommittee, exposing the pseudoscience of the gun research conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and proposing the elimination of funds for such research. Congress agreed and passed the Dickey Amendment, restricting CDC gun research that advocates for gun control. Faria relates his adventures during his stint “within the belly” of the public health establishment— that is, his appointment by President George W. Bush as a member of a grant review committee at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) of the CDC, the very institution he had criticized for nearly a decade! He criticizes some of the methodology used by the NCIPC and militates for a more rigorous scientific process for approval of grants in the area of injury prevention. He exposes specific flaws in several gun violence studies that attempted to link lawful gun ownership to violent crime. He argues that gun violence is not merely a consequence of “easy gun availability,” but due to the cycle of government dependency, broken families, the failure of public education, and the cultural disintegration that has been taking place for decades, particularly in the poorer southern states, and for which the federal government welfare policies have been largely responsible.

America, Guns, and Freedom outlines why the Second Amendment and armed self-defense are still needed in modern society, debunks the arguments that the U.S. should follow the path of European social democracies by enforcing draconian gun control, and expounds on how civilian disarmament in Australia and Great Britain, despite media hype, has not decreased violent crime in those countries.

In America, Guns, and Freedom, the author warns us of the five essential ingredients required for the creation and sustenance of tyrannical governments, one of which has been civilian disarmament via gun registration followed by gun bans and confiscation. Faria discusses mass shooting incidents and the role of mental illness. Special attention is given to the problem of how media sensationalism may encourage deranged individuals and madmen to become mass shooters seeking celebrity status, even in death.

While gun control advocates decry America’s “gun culture,” Faria informs us of the significant role that this “gun culture” played in saving England during World War II. American traditions have been and remain beacons of liberty, and this is most evident in America, Guns, and Freedom. Totalitarian governments that deny their citizens the right to keep and bear arms are a threat to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643072173
Publisher: Mascot Books
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D. escaped with his father from communist Cuba at age 13 and came to the United States after a three-month odyssey through several Caribbean islands. They lived in “Little Havana” in Miami for two and one-half years before being reunited with the rest of their family. He grew up and was educated in Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. Presently, he is Associate Editor-in-Chief in Socioeconomics, Politics, Medicine and World Affairs of Surgical Neurology International (SNI), a peer-review, online, international journal for neurosurgeons and neuroscientists. Dr. Faria is a former Clinical Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery, ret.) and Adjunct Professor of Medical History (ret.), Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. Faria was appointed and served at the behest of President George W. Bush as member of the Injury Research Grant Review Committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2002-2005. He is the author of three books: Vandals at the Gates of Medicine: Historic Perspectives on the Battle Over Health Care Reform (1995); Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997); and Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002). Dr. Faria has written over 200 medical, scientific and professional articles, letters or editorials published in the medical literature, including coauthoring several chapters in medical and neurosurgical textbooks. More than seventy of these articles are currently listed in PubMed under Faria MA Jr. as well as Faria MA or under his name at Google scholar listing. ResearchGate also cites some of his most recent peer-reviewed publications and citations in the medical literature.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1

Introduction: My Journey 5

Part 1 Public Health and Gun Control-"Gun Violence as an Epidemic" 9

Prelude: Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue 11

Chapter 1 Gun Control and Expedient Medical Politics 15

Chapter 2 The Politics of Gun Control and the Subversion of Medical Science 22

Chapter 3 The Perversion of Soviet Science in the Service of the State-Unlearned Lessons 29

Chapter 4 The AMA Enters the Fray for Gun Control 37

Chapter 5 Defanging the CDC's Gun Control Apparatus 52

Part 2 Within the Belly of the Beast 65

Chapter 6 Public Health, Social Science, and the Scientific Method (Part I) 67

Chapter 7 Public Health, Social Science, and the Scientific Method (Part II) 79

Chapter 8 A History of Public Health-From Science to Politics 90

Part 3 Debunking Biased Information Disseminated in Medical Journals and the Lay Press 103

Chapter 9 Statistical Malpractice-"Firearm Availability and Violence" 105

Chapter 10 Statistical Malpractice-Educational and Socioeconomic Factors 113

Chapter 11 Debunking the Typical Ecologie Study Linking Gun Ownership with Violent Crime 123

Chapter 12 Who Could Complain About Innocuous Public Databases? 128

Part 4 The AMA and the Medical Politicians Enter Partisan Politics 135

Chapter 15 Re-enters the AMA with Dwindling Membership but With Lots of Money 137

Chapter 14 Outlandish and Biased Medical Journalism 146

Chapter 15 AMA Exhorts Doctors to Spy on Patients' Gun Ownership 164

Part 5 The Second Amendment in Modern Society 175

Chapter 16 Women, Guns, and the Need for Self-Protection 177

Chapter 17 Children, Shootings, and Juvenile Delinquency 200

Chapter 18 Self-Defense: Lethal Threat May Require Protective Lethal Force 210

Part 6 Tyranny and the European Social Democracies 221

Chapter 19 The Naïveté of Americans and the Gun Control Fallacies of the European Social Democracies 223

Chapter 20 Gun Control in Australia and Great Britain 240

Chapter 21 Gun Control and the Hallmarks of Tyranny 263

Part 7 Mass Shootings and the Media 277

Chapter 22 Shooting Rampages, Mental Health, and the Sensationalization of Violence 279

Part 8 America, Guns, and Freedom 313

Chapter 23 America, Guns, and Freedom-A Recapitulation of Liberty 315

Chapter 24 America, Guns, and Freedom-An International Perspective 331

Chapter 25 Offense is the Best Defense for Advocating Gun Rights 345

Epilogue 367

Appendix A Draconian Gun Laws and Knee-Jerk Democracy in New Zealand 373

Appendix B Knife Control in Great Britain? 375

Acknowledgments 379

References/Notes 381

About the Author 435

Bibliography 437

Index 441

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