Millions of law-abiding Americans believe that their constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms is inoculation against being another defenseless victim of an armed predator.
But thanks to liberal Democrats, the political and cultural environment in the US is increasingly hostile to the Second Amendment and gun owners.
Under Obamacare and the current gun-grabbing Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, doctors are invasively questioning their patients (including children) if there are any firearms in their home.
The patient’s response would be included on their medical records and potentially shared with government agencies.
From Federalist Papers:
I went to the doctor this morning – nothing urgent, just a checkup for a mid-40s guy who hasn’t been to the doctor in years, but when they gave me that ubiquitous survey about my lifestyle (Do you smoke? How often do you drink?), I was looking for one particular question:
Do you own a gun in your home?
Doctors are increasingly asking this question, and conservative lawmakers are trying to stop them.
In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law in 2011 banning doctors from asking about firearms in their patients’ lives, The Washington Post is reporting.
But doctors still think this is a great idea … you know, to protect you from yourself. In a new study, they said that no law should stop them from asking about guns:
“Firearm violence is an important health problem, and most physicians agree that they should help prevent that violence,” wrote Garen J. Wintemute, a public health expert at the University of California Davis and co-author of the paper, in an email to The Washington Post. In the literature review, which doubles as a call-to-arms, the authors conclude it is neither illegal nor unreasonable to ask patients about gun safety.
“No federal or state law prohibits doctors from asking about firearms, counseling about their use, and — when there is imminent risk of harm — disclosing information to others who can help,” Wintemute said. Several states have mulled statutes similar to Florida’s, but none of the proposed bills have passed.
“Physicians seek to prevent important health problems at the individual and population levels,” Wintemute and his colleagues write. “They inquire and counsel—routinely in some cases, selectively in others—about a wide range of health-related behaviors and conditions. In certain circumstances, they disclose otherwise confidential information to third parties to limit the risk an affected person poses to others. Physicians generally do not do well at firearm related injury prevention, however. They ask infrequently about firearms and counsel poorly, if at all, though they are aware that the high lethality of firearms makes prevention efforts particularly important.”
Sadly, we no longer have the luxury of having confidence in the privacy of the doctor/patient relationship. Medical malpractice leads to far more deaths of Americans every year than firearm ownership.
Doctors should focus on medical issues, not political causes that have nothing to do with medical care. It’s not a physician’s job to counsel their patients against exercising their Second Amendment rights.
If a Doctor asks you about guns in your home, HotAir suggests you should just lie:
So what do you do? I normally would advise against this under any other conditions, but as far as I’m concerned you should lie. If your doctor asks anything about firearms in your home, don’t just say, “I’m uncomfortable discussing that” or bring up privacy issues. That leaves them free to interpret the answer as they will. Just lie through your teeth and tell them there are no guns in the house. Of course, what you do is up to you, but that’s how I plan to handle it if the situation arises. Leave law enforcement matters to the police and your doctor can just stick to curing what actually ails you.
The way I see it there is no reason to lie. It’s time to change doctors. Plain and simple.
Just let this be a warning about what’s coming down the pike if we allow folks like Hillary and Bernie to become leaders.