What to Do When Your Doctor Asks About Your Guns

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  1. Revmitchell

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    Have you had the experience of going to your doctor for a particular problem, let’s say headaches, and been surprised by the doctor asking you about a completely unrelated subject—whether you have a gun in your home?

    It’s no accident that doctors’ or health plans’ questions about guns in your home have become routine. In the 1980s and 1990s medical professional organizations declared a culture war on gun ownership in America. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) developed an official policy (2012 version here) urging pediatricians to probe their young patients’ parents about guns in their homes.

    Claiming only to be concerned about “gun safety”, the latest code term for gun control, the AAP pushed its member doctors to advise families to get rid of their guns. One of the authors of the original AAP anti-gun policy, Dr. Katherine Christoffel, was quoted in an AMA journal as saying “Guns are a virus that must be eradicated.”

    The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) have also mounted aggressive and highly publicized campaigns against gun ownership and advised their member physicians to pressure their patients to get rid of their guns. Other physician specialty groups have done the same.

    Many people are rightly outraged by this unprofessional behavior of some physicians. Several states, most notably Florida, have passed laws to stop doctors and other health care professionals from misusing their patients’ trust to push a political agenda of gun control. Such abuse of authority and trust by a physician is called an ethical boundary violation.


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    How bout you tell them, that's none of your business.
     
  3. Salty

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    I will neither confirm it nor deny it.
     
  4. sag38

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    In this case I think whatever expletive you deem necessary to add is in order. Frankly my dear Dr., it's non of your "#$! business.
     
  5. Revmitchell

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    I instructed my kids to early on that whenever anyone asks them about guns in our house, they are to simply respond by telling them they need to ask their parents.

    When I am asked I respond by asking what does that question have to do with why I am here. I never actually give them an answer one way or another and I hold them accountable for why they are asking such an inappropriate question to begin with.
     
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    I'm a family physician who does occasional "well-child exams". I REFUSE to ask the question on the exam form about guns, since (as has been pointed out) it's none of my business, and it's certainly none of Big Brother's *@#%^ business either.
     
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    "No sir, I do not have any guns at home. I left 2 in the truck and the 3rd is strapped to my ankle."
     
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    Best reply yet!!
     
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    Awesome! :applause:
     
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    The last time my doctor asked about my gun I let him hold it. Of course he was already carrying one his hip and he has a sign in his lobby welcoming all CCW carriers and there guns. Very pro gun. One of the reasons I continue to got to him. Plus, his lobby and every exam everyroom are filled with ESV Bibles.
     
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    Never ever been asked that question. Course it could be because most people just assume Texans have at least one gun in their home. Some don't have even one but it's Texas and guns and Texas go together!

    If asked the answer sure doesn't everybody in Texas!
     
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    If he's recording your answer in paperwork -- ask him if that information will be protected under HIPAA laws....
     
  13. InTheLight

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    Yes, we know about your style on BB, what about the doctor's office?

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    "...And if they were not loaded, they would be useless."
     
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    It is obvious that this is a part of the cultural-engineering to make America prey to the "divide and conquer" progressives.

    There are far more important and of a greater magnitude safety issues (e.g. automobile accidents, drownings, fires, burns, falls and poisonings deaths) than child gun injuries.

    Not that some or even any of those issues above are their business either but the fear agenda of Big Brother concerning an armed citizenry is made perfectly clear by their fixation on our guns.

    What other professional(s) do we regularly see who could be made even remotely related to "gun safety" advise? Certainly not the post man.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98055567

    Expect perhaps to see these kinds of questions on our new IRS (Obamacare Tax Czars) 1099 return documents (in which case we could take a queue from Lois Lerner and take the 5th).



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