Dear Dr. Faria,
Let me take this opportunity to thank you for your courageous efforts to present "the other side" of the rather strained assertion which I will summarize as, "Bullets are a pathogen, and guns are thus a medical epidemic, which we are justified in treating with the same kind of public health measures we would direct toward the elimination of, say, an outbreak of Salmonella typhi."
If I recall correctly, you were among the first to allow rebuttal arguments in print in the medical literature, offering both sides of this debate...and thereafter paid an all-too-predictable professional price for challenging this somewhat bizarre orthodoxy.
When time allows, maybe you would even consent to a phone interview on that topic, as well as on some of the newer developments in the field of medical privacy and government "medical tracking" --- an idea which John Taylor Gatto contends got its start in the works of a particularly depraved early nineteenth century Prussian, though the name escapes me.
Assistant Editorial Page Editor
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2001;6(1);1-4. Copyright©2001 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).