April 30, 2002

READER ALEX BENSKY writes about the epidemic of “public health” studies relating to guns:

Why wouldn’t medical people have special insight into gun control, given that misuse of guns leads to health problems?

As a baseball fan, therefore, I have special insight into nuclear weapons programs, because an all-out nuclear attack on the U.S. might lead to an interruption in the American League schedule. As a matter of fact, I have direct insight, because I’ve got tickets to a Red Sox game in June.

And my friend the realtor has special insight into nuclear warfare because nuclear war would, after all, destroy real estate and reduce the value of what’s left. Maybe he could form a group called Realtors for Social Responsibility.

Why the hell not?