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February 08, 2011
Guns and Doctors - 6

State Rep. Jason Brodeur introduced a bill in January, that could send doctors to jail for up to five years and fine them up to $5 million for asking about patients' gun ownership, refusing to treat patients who won't answer such questions or entering gun ownership information into any record.
   
The bill has the support of the National Rifle Association. It is opposed by the Florida's chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Florida Medical Association.
   
The measure is, in part, a reaction to AAP's guidelines encouraging physicians to talk to parents about protecting children from preventable accidents. This includes the use of booster seats in cars, swimming pool safety and proper gun storage. Second Amendment advocates, however, say physician questions regarding gun ownership are inappropriate privacy violations.
   
Legislators in Virginia and West Virginia have introduced similar bills in recent years, but neither received significant support. That may not be the case in Florida where gun-owners are galvanized by a July 2010 exchange between an Ocala pediatrician and the 26-year-old mother of a 4-month-old patient.
   
The pediatrician asked the mother if she owned a gun. She refused to answer. For that reason, the physician gave her 30 days to find a new pediatrician, sparking outrage among many statewide.
   
For more, go to:
-- Physicians, gun owners tangle over Florida "don't ask" gun bill
   
-- Florida lawmaker suggests doctors can use gun information against you
   
-- Florida Law would Imprison Doctors for Discussing Gun Safety with Patients
   
-- Possible $5 Million Fine Or Prison For Doctors Who Ask About Guns In The Home?
   
-- Guns And Doctors
   
-- Paging Dr. Smith, Dr. Wesson
   
-- Evers: Carry in the state Capitol? That's all right by me

Photo: Seattle Municipal Archives

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from compshoot61 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

6phunter nailed it! I envy the collections of most of the doc's I know. Some I know have more than a lot of gun stores! My doc wife has rifles, pistols and shotguns. The docs opposed to firearms are typically big city born or trained, never owned, hunted or shot. They get their information from studies that use 16 year old gang bangers as "children". Of course this makes guns look bad. We just need to do a better job of education. Maybe we should bring back the old time westerns where everyone had a gun, and they weren't some kind of criminal!

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from Bo wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

dneaster3, it is not to be looked at as a law telling what cannot be said, it is a law protecting a gun owner's privacy from people who don't have a NEED to know what guns are in the house...
Our ancestors thrived because they did not have so many people trying to get in their business and meddle in their lives, like trying to find out how children can be protected from their parents such as the AMA and AAP would love to do.

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from dneaster3 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Just what we need, another law telling us what we can or cannot say.

How did our ancestors every survive, let alone thrive, without such wise legislative guidance!?

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from Gunluvr wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Battle of political titans: NRA vs AAP+FMA+AMA!! Who's gonna prevail?!

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from 6phunter wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

LOL''' Not all DOCTORS think a like. My brother happens to be one, and if he aked you a question about gun owner ship,his next would be what? and where are we going to shoot ?

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from Dcast wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

I wondered why that was a question among many other pointless questions on a questionaire given to every patient prior to services. I also didn't answer the question because it is none of their concern what I have in my home. This doctor should be barred from practice for such idiocy. Doctors are there to treat their patients for what they come to see them for they are not there to find personal information on each individual. I think as a society we need to reboot and get back to the basics because everyday we continue on with these life consuming, pointless, idiotic life games, the closer we get to failing as a functional people. Everyone needs to mind their own and strive to be the best they can be without trying to impact others they come into contact with day to day.

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from Dcast wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

I wondered why that was a question among many other pointless questions on a questionaire given to every patient prior to services. I also didn't answer the question because it is none of their concern what I have in my home. This doctor should be barred from practice for such idiocy. Doctors are there to treat their patients for what they come to see them for they are not there to find personal information on each individual. I think as a society we need to reboot and get back to the basics because everyday we continue on with these life consuming, pointless, idiotic life games, the closer we get to failing as a functional people. Everyone needs to mind their own and strive to be the best they can be without trying to impact others they come into contact with day to day.

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from 6phunter wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

LOL''' Not all DOCTORS think a like. My brother happens to be one, and if he aked you a question about gun owner ship,his next would be what? and where are we going to shoot ?

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from compshoot61 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

6phunter nailed it! I envy the collections of most of the doc's I know. Some I know have more than a lot of gun stores! My doc wife has rifles, pistols and shotguns. The docs opposed to firearms are typically big city born or trained, never owned, hunted or shot. They get their information from studies that use 16 year old gang bangers as "children". Of course this makes guns look bad. We just need to do a better job of education. Maybe we should bring back the old time westerns where everyone had a gun, and they weren't some kind of criminal!

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from Gunluvr wrote 3 years 10 weeks ago

Battle of political titans: NRA vs AAP+FMA+AMA!! Who's gonna prevail?!

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from Bo wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

dneaster3, it is not to be looked at as a law telling what cannot be said, it is a law protecting a gun owner's privacy from people who don't have a NEED to know what guns are in the house...
Our ancestors thrived because they did not have so many people trying to get in their business and meddle in their lives, like trying to find out how children can be protected from their parents such as the AMA and AAP would love to do.

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from dneaster3 wrote 3 years 9 weeks ago

Just what we need, another law telling us what we can or cannot say.

How did our ancestors every survive, let alone thrive, without such wise legislative guidance!?

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