Resolution 18-310

Submitted by: Richmond Academy of Medicine

WHEREAS,       MSV Policy 145.003 expresses support for future laws and regulations relating to firearms which would promote trauma control and increased public safety, and

WHEREAS,       MSV Policy 515.001 opposes any type of domestic violence and supports the inclusion of educational material regarding resources, criminal laws, and prevention in government publications related to marriage and families, and

WHEREAS,       the American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American Psychiatric Association on 2/16/18 renewed their call on government to act on the public health epidemic of gun violence including placing constitutionally appropriate restrictions on the manufacture and sale of assault weapons and large capacity magazines, and the American College of Surgeons on 2/28/18 reiterated their  continued support of restrictions on assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition clips, and

WHEREAS,       District of Columbia vs. Heller upheld the right of individual states to impose restrictions on gun ownership, therefore be it

RESOLVED,    that the Medical Society of Virginia will support limits to the sale and ownership and firearms with features designed to increase their rapid firing ability, as defined in H.R. 3355 of the 103rd Congress.

Comments

Time to nitpick.

HR 3355 of the 103rd congress, or, more appropriately, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, was a large bill dealing with many issues, including the definition of a "semi automatic assault weapon".  The features detailed in thew Act dealt with cosmetic features of the weapon that made a "scary black gun" even "scarier".  No section of the Act dealt with features enhancing rapid firing ability.

If we are to be taken seriously on any subject, we cannot show such ignorance of the subject.

In any case, the resolved here is just too vague.  To those inclined to not be a fan of the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution, features designed to increase rapid firing ability could be interpreted as any semi automatic weapon.  Perhaps any revolver would be included.  One might advocate that only flintlock firearms would be excluded.

I am not in support of this resolution.

This law, as it was originally enacted, as well as its subsequent iterations, has not been effective at reducing gun violence. I do no support ambiguous laws that can, and likely will, infringe upon the constitutional right to bear arms

It is exactly things like this that make the public distrust and even hate medical professionals. This is an affront to American values and should be offensive to any American. The second amendment of the consitution is non-negotiable. Whoever proposed this should resign their position as physician immediately. 

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