Most Surgeons Say Guns Are a Constitutional Right

Most Surgeons Say Guns Are a Constitutional Right

An interesting survey of surgeons revealed they, as a group, don’t agree with President Joe Biden’s (D) attempt to frame the illegal actions of violent criminals as a “public-health crisis.” Indeed, a substantial percentage of surgeons acknowledged they do own one or more firearms and a solid majority said they believe gun ownership is a constitutional right, according to a recent survey by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The data was released last month. It showed that, of 11,147 surgeons who responded, more than 83% had fired a gun, nearly 63% had received firearms training and nearly half of respondents (42%, or 4,653 surgeons) said that they keep at least one gun at home. Among those surgeons who own guns, 82% reported possessing long guns, handguns or both and one in three owned what the survey called “high-capacity, magazine-fed, semi-automatic rifles.” Also, 19% had taken a concealed-carry course. The majority (75%) said the primary motive was self-defense or protection, followed by target shooting (73%) and hunting (52.3%). One third of surgeons reported storing their firearms loaded and accessible—three times the national average, and a bit of a black eye for an organization that recommends that guns be stored locked, unloaded and separate from ammunition. The study claims it’s the largest survey of physicians on the subject; a smaller survey of surgeons and internists in 2000 found that almost one-third owned firearms; surveys of pediatricians have found about 16% ownership; and a 2014 sample of physicians reported 21% owned […]

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