I just saw this on the Portland Tribune's website.... http://pamplinmedia.com/pt/10-opini...-a-positive-step-for-oregonians#disqus_thread Here's the comment that I left there : 30,000 Americans die from gunshot wounds every year... what isn't told is the breakdown of those fatalities. A HUGE portion of that is from justifiable homocide (you know killing a bad guy who's threatening others), then there's a small portion killed by accidental discharge, suicide another small portion, and murders are an even smaller portion. If 30,000 deaths annually is a crisis and/or an epidemic then consider the following: The Journal of Patient Safety recently published a study which concluded that as many as 440,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors in hospitals. Tens of thousands also die from preventable mistakes outside hospitals, such as deaths from missed diagnoses or because of injuries from medications. Other reports have examined the impact of medical mistakes on segments of America’s patient population. A Department of Health and Human Services report in 2010 said 180,000 Medicare patients die each year from preventable adverse events in the hospital. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011 said 1-in-25 hospital patients get an infection from being in the hospital; 700,000 of them get sick as a result and 75,000 die. It seems to me that the good Doctor and his peers are a far greater and destructive threat to public safety. Perhaps the good Doctor should just shut his yap and focus on paying his malpractice insurance.