Now, the New York Times headline from last night: “For Americans Under 50, Stark Findings on Health.” Now, folks, here we go. The New York Times’ story essentially says here that gun violence is a health issue. Here’s how their story begins: “Younger Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than their counterparts in other developed countries, with far higher rates of death from guns, car accidents and drug addiction, according to a new analysis of health and longevity in the United States. …

“The 378-page study, by a panel of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, is the first to systematically compare death rates and health measures for people of all ages,” including American youths. “It went further than other studies in documenting the full range of causes of death, from diseases to accidents to violence. It was based on a broad review of mortality and health studies.

“The panel called the pattern of higher rates of disease and shorter lives ‘the US health disadvantage,’ and said it was responsible for dragging this country to the bottom in terms of life expectancy. US men ranked last in life expectancy among the 17 countries in the study, and US women ranked second-to-last,” and this has nothing to do with illegal immigration or the fact that we keep more accurate stats than most countries.

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