HOORAY for Surgeon General Elders!!
James Douglass Del-Vecchio
n9020351 at henson.cc.wwu.edu
Thu Dec 9 14:56:34 EST 1993
moksha at cats.ucsc.edu (Matthew Michael Brenner) writes:
>To me this is the first truly original idea in American politics in my lifeti
>It's so heartening to see it coming from such a respectable person as
>Dr. Elders. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
While she may be correct on this one issue, she has a track
record of making verfiably incorrect and flakey statements.
From: rtoptan at orion.it.luc.edu (Richard Z Toptani)
Date: 9 Dec 1993 13:41:58 GMT
Subject: Re: Elders on C-SPAN; Public Idiocy
>Well, I've heard her utter idiotic arguments about public health, but
>I can't recall the specifics, so I pretty much disreagarded her as a
>moron, and didn't pay any further attention to her. Anyway, what follows
>is a message someone else posted describing some of her thoughts
>on gun control.
ron miller (ron at fc.hp.com) wrote:
: This lady wouldn't have passed logical reasoning in the 2nd grade!
: ==================== I HAD TO SEND THIS TODAY =============
: The Honorable Robert Dole
: 717 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
: Washington, D.C. 20510 XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Ft. Collins, Co. 80525
8 Dec. 1993
: Dear Senator Dole,
: I had the unfortunate experience of watching C-SPAN last night where our
: U.S. Surgeon General was addressing the National Press Club in Washington
: D.C. on the topic of violence as a health care issue.
: I was appalled by the misunderstanding or ignorance of Ms. Elders on
: a number of topics. Her lack of facts is truly frightening but seems to
: represent the Clinton Administration's usual care and research.
: Would you be so kind as to inform Ms. Elders of a few things so that
: she cannot say that no one ever told her these things?
: 1. The national voting age is 18. (She seems to have forgotten this.)
: 2. The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits retail sales of a handgun to
: anyone under age 21. (That's 25 years of gun control!)
: 3. Ms. Elders asserted that she thought that taxing ammunition would deter
: teenage misuse of firearms while in the same speech she reported that
: 30,000 armed robberies were committed with toy guns. It is absurd
: to expect taxes to deter anyone from using a gun. (Except of course for
: recreational shooters)
: 4. Designing "safer firearms" and "safer bullets" is propagating a
: foolish idea that the firearms and bullets are not doing their jobs
: properly. Star Trek phasors don't exist.
: 5. Ms. Elders recited some statistics that black males stand a 1 in 27 chance
: of becoming a gunshot victim while white males are at something like
: 1 in 250 risk. Yet she supports gun control when clearly the risk factor
: is something else.
: 6. The Administration has started a drumbeat of wanting to issue gun
: licenses like we do driver's licenses. This is total and utter deception.
: Resist it at all costs.
: Senator Dole, I implore you to remind the Clinton Administration that
: this 37 year old married white middle-class taxpayer is NOT indistinguishable
: from a 15 year old inner-city minority gang banger. I am not the problem and
: I refuse to be treated as if I might be.
: Hell, if I was stable enough to be trusted with a nuclear reactor, possible
: nuclear weapons, a nuclear submarine and its crew, why am I not trustworthy
: with a simple handgun?
: R.G. Miller
: CC: Congresswoman Pat Shroeder
: Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell
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