I was dismayed to again see the tired argument that the annual death rate from gun violence pales in comparison to the risk of death from medical mistakes ("Doctors and guns," Forum, Jan. 13). As a physician, I do that math every day it is called risk-benefit analysis.
Yes, deaths by medical mistake occur, but millions of lives are saved or benefited in return. And physicians must go through extensive training, pass rigorous licensing exams and participate in ongoing education to reduce that risk. Millions are spent on other risk-reduction efforts.
In contrast, no solid evidence shows that "benefit" flows from arming average citizens. Rather, the gun lobby argues that the right to an assault weapon reflects a God-given right to protect oneself against assault or tyrannical government.