BC’s new Gunshot and Stab Wound Disclosure Act is set to come into effect February 1, 2011. It essentiallyÂ conscripts medical professionals into the ranks of policeÂ informantsÂ by forcingÂ them to reportÂ any gunshot wound (or would suspected of resulting from a gunshot) and some knife woundsÂ they may treat.
Solicitor General Rich Coleman justifies this expansion of snitch culture as part of a “seven-point plan to combat gang and gun violence” which really translatesÂ asÂ BC is opening a new front in the ever growing — but futile — war on drugs.
Quite apart from the fact that itÂ obliterates any notionÂ ofÂ patient/doctor confidentiality,Â it will do nothing to curb drug/gang violence and will probably result in more deaths. Any half decent economist could explain to Rich Coleman the unseen or secondary consequences of that this imbecilic legislation …some gangsters with gunshot wounds will simplyÂ not seekÂ medical treatment for fear of beingÂ reported.Â Others mayÂ turn instead to alternatives such as veterinarians or,Â inÂ extreme cases, may even abduct doctorsÂ and force them toÂ provide secret treatment outsideÂ the medical establishment.
Don’t these guys watch gangster movies?
If Rich Coleman and the other wonks in the BC government really want to stopÂ gang violence they would simply take the obscene financial incentive outÂ the gang controlled illicit drug market by legalizing all of it.
Common, when was the last time you read about the Eli Lilly gang having a shootout with the Pfizer gang?