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Florida Bill Would Prohibit Doctors From Asking Patients About Their Guns
Foxnews ^ | May 10, 2011 | Foxnews

Posted on 05/10/2011 6:39:07 PM PDT by driftdiver

With a stroke of the governor's pen, Florida is positioned to become the first state in the nation to prohibit physicians from asking patients if they have guns in their homes, a move some doctors say will interfere with health care.

The Florida Senate passed House Bill 155 last month by a 27-10 vote and the measure now awaits the signature of Republican Gov. Rick Scott. If signed, it would ban doctors from asking about the presence of guns or ammunition in the home.

Republican State Rep. Jason Brodeur, a sponsor of the bill, proposed the legislation following an incident in which a Florida pediatrician told a mother to find another doctor when she refused to answer questions about guns in her home.

Supporters of the legislation, including the National Rifle Association, say they're seeking to stop doctors from invading their privacy. Critics of the bill, however, claim that doctors need to ask patients about guns to ensure their safety and to make sure they remain out of the reach of children.

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1 posted on 05/10/2011 6:39:10 PM PDT by driftdiver
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To: driftdiver

Unless you are coming in with a gunshot wound or the doctor is your hunting buddy, there is no reason a doctor would ever even bring up the subject of a gun.


2 posted on 05/10/2011 6:40:21 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

“there is no reason a doctor would ever even bring up the subject of a gun.”

Ahh but they do. Anti-gun doctors will question the parents and kids without the parents if they can.


3 posted on 05/10/2011 6:42:21 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
Critics of the bill, however, claim that doctors need to ask patients about guns to ensure their safety

It's the doctor's job to ensure my safety? I did not know that...

4 posted on 05/10/2011 6:42:47 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Bad posters drive out good; don't post and drive!)
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To: driftdiver

I agree, I mean to say should instead of would.


5 posted on 05/10/2011 6:43:25 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring
Right! How often does a doctor ask if you have firearms? I've never heard of this before.

Of course, if I ever was, I'd answer “no”. But I've never been asked.

6 posted on 05/10/2011 6:44:24 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: mnehring

In some states the doctor can decide you are unstable and a danger, thereby revoking your ability to possess firearms.


7 posted on 05/10/2011 6:44:55 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

wow..... reason 10098 why I’m glad I’m in Texas.


8 posted on 05/10/2011 6:46:55 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: driftdiver

My kid’s pediatrician asks this quesiton, and it irks me to no end.


9 posted on 05/10/2011 6:47:18 PM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: driftdiver

NJ pediatricians ask children if there are firearms in the home.


10 posted on 05/10/2011 6:47:57 PM PDT by Carley (We will not tire. We will not falter. We will not fail. W, 9/20/01)
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To: GOPsterinMA

See #9, I think it is mainly pediatrians who ask it, AND they direct the question at your kid not you. They ask a whole list of similar questions, such as, “Do you where a helmet when you ride your bike?”


11 posted on 05/10/2011 6:49:21 PM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: KansasGirl

I think ours asked it once. They didnt like my answer.


12 posted on 05/10/2011 6:49:47 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: KansasGirl

If any doctor ask that question when my kids were little, I would make like the Donald......and say.....YOUR FIRED. That should not be tolerated by any parent...


13 posted on 05/10/2011 6:49:47 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: driftdiver

Just wait and see if the democrats ever get their wish of health care that is fully nationalized and your doctor becomes a federal employee. Not only will you be required to answer these questions, but answering falsely will be considered lying to a federal official, a criminal offense.


14 posted on 05/10/2011 6:50:16 PM PDT by apillar
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To: driftdiver

If Obamacare becomes law that is exactly what will happen. Tranquilizers and muscle relaxants for back spasms will disqualify you. Doctors will be forced to report these.


15 posted on 05/10/2011 6:50:49 PM PDT by charlie72
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To: driftdiver

“”doctors need to ask patients about guns to ensure their safety and to make sure they remain out of the reach of children.””

And they are going to achieve that how?


16 posted on 05/10/2011 6:51:36 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: driftdiver

Do they ask if the family owns a pool? 6 times as many children die in accidental drownings than accidental gunshots.


17 posted on 05/10/2011 6:51:44 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: GOPsterinMA
This is also buried in the new healthcare bill. Most people will just say "no". Then you are lying to the Doctor who is providing a Govt. service... which may be a felony...which may ultimately prevent you from owning said firearm. Catch22. More interesting is the fact that more than 600 kids are killed in the home each year due to suffocation and around 80 due to firearms.

Has anyone ever had a doctor ask if they had any plastic bags laying around or mini blinds with cords hanging down to the floor?
18 posted on 05/10/2011 6:54:32 PM PDT by John.Galt2012 (I'll take Liberty and you can keep the "Change"!)
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To: KansasGirl

Hmmm. I’m going to have to prep my son for his 3 year appointment.
Ped: “Are there guns in your home?” Roman: “How else will Mommy shoot rabbits out of the garden?”
Ped: “Do you wear a bicycle helmet?” Roman: “Do I look like a candy ass?”
I would totally be okay with my son cussing if he gave that reply.


19 posted on 05/10/2011 6:55:01 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: driftdiver

Why, just the other day I was in my doctor’s office. He walks in, looks around all puzzled and then says to me, “have you seen my gun?”


20 posted on 05/10/2011 6:55:13 PM PDT by sand lake bar
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To: driftdiver

Don’t know whether this is a step forward or not. I engage in a healthy debate with my doc each year at my annual physical when he asks me these questions.


21 posted on 05/10/2011 6:57:22 PM PDT by blau993
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To: driftdiver

I can kind of see the rationale of asking, but it is the responsiblity of the parents, not the pediatrician, to ensure that all weapons be stored securely in the home and ammunition stored separately.

When I was growing up one of my best friends had another of our friends over to play. They found their Dad’s pistol in his night stand and while playing around with it, he fatally shot his friend. It was tragic and his father never got over it.

From that day on my Dad locked up all the ammunition for his rifles and only he knew where the key was. When we went out shooting, he took it out and when we got home it was once again locked up.


22 posted on 05/10/2011 7:00:10 PM PDT by NWFLConservative (Game On.......Fight Like a Girl!!...............Saracuda in 2012)
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To: FReepers

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23 posted on 05/10/2011 7:00:10 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic.com. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: driftdiver

If a doctor ever asks me that I’m going to ask them if they practice rough sex at home


24 posted on 05/10/2011 7:00:41 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: driftdiver

It is absolutely tragic, the number of guns that have been rusted to bits or lost in floods and on cruises over the last 5 years alone. I tell you, it is a crying shame.


25 posted on 05/10/2011 7:04:47 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: mnehring

I live in Texas and I don’t go to doctors except to get sowed up if I need it.


26 posted on 05/10/2011 7:04:50 PM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: KansasGirl

“Do you where a helmet when you ride your bike?”

Yes, well, maybe the better question is to ask whether you SIT on one........ ;>


27 posted on 05/10/2011 7:06:18 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: combat_boots

Lots of fishing accidents.


28 posted on 05/10/2011 7:10:23 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver
I'm as pro gun as anybody but I don't want anybody in any legislature passing bills that tell anyone what they can or cannot say.
29 posted on 05/10/2011 7:10:51 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: blau993

Do you have a sarcasm tag with that?


30 posted on 05/10/2011 7:14:09 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: montanajoe

You have a point but the anti-gunners are using doctors as a back door method of gun control.


31 posted on 05/10/2011 7:14:38 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: paul51

Ask them if they have stopped beating their wife yet......


32 posted on 05/10/2011 7:16:00 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: mnehring

Absolutely! Not to mention why would anyone volunteer Constitutionally protected information to some wet behind the ears kid doctor. I can not imagine any Dr. asking such an off the wall question, then again its the gals that tote the rug-rat to the Dr.


33 posted on 05/10/2011 7:18:02 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: dusttoyou

Our children were instructed if asked by a doctor about guns in the home to refer the questioner to their parents. We would have told the busybody that it was none of their business and changed doctors.


34 posted on 05/10/2011 7:21:58 PM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: John.Galt2012; KansasGirl

Insanity. Plain insanity.

“Do you where a helmet when you ride your bike?”

Makes me glad I don’t have kids that might give anything away.

“Has anyone ever had a doctor ask if they had any plastic bags laying around or mini blinds with cords hanging down to the floor?”

No. And if my MD did, I’d tell him I’m not into men or S&M.

This is some scary sh*t.


35 posted on 05/10/2011 7:24:25 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: eyedigress

Not in the least. I challenge him, and he challenges me. Nobody ever wins, but we both look forward to next year. I think I win because it makes him less likely to just blindly ask the questions to other patients. My wife sees him too, and he always laughs and says “I hope you aren’t going to jump on me like your husband does.”


36 posted on 05/10/2011 7:27:10 PM PDT by blau993
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To: driftdiver
If my doctor asks me if I own a gun, I'll shoot him.

LMAO!!!!

8^D

37 posted on 05/10/2011 7:27:18 PM PDT by Gargantua (Palin 2012 ~ "Going Oval")
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To: driftdiver

I suppose it might be a legitimate inquiry of a doctor if the patient presented with a rash and the physician suspected an allergy to gun powder.

But outside of that, what would be the point?

A doctor can advise a patient on oxygen to stay away from open flames and sparks including gunfire without asking if he actually owns one.


38 posted on 05/10/2011 7:27:21 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: driftdiver
“You have a point but the anti-gunners are using doctors as a back door method of gun control”

Then why doesn't the pro gun lobby just start asking legislatures to pass laws require a test to legalize adulthood. If you are a responsible gun owner than I trust you enough to tell the doctor to go to hell.

Geez folks there are enough laws ..

39 posted on 05/10/2011 7:30:31 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: GOPsterinMA

Standard pediatrics question.


40 posted on 05/10/2011 7:30:51 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (Great children's books - http://www.UsborneBooksGA.com)
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To: driftdiver
Republican State Rep. Jason Brodeur, a sponsor of the bill, proposed the legislation following an incident in which a Florida pediatrician told a mother to find another doctor when she refused to answer questions about guns in her home.

Sounds like a win-win situation to me. I wouldn't want anyone that dimwitted anywhere near my kids. Of course it's a hassle finding another doc, but would you really want to keep seeing the guy knowing what a knot-head he is?

41 posted on 05/10/2011 7:31:39 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: blau993

Your doctor asks if you own guns?


42 posted on 05/10/2011 7:32:29 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: montanajoe

I am pretty sure the bill says a doctor can’t refuse you care if you refuse to answer the gun questions. That was the case that sparked the legislation. He can ask you anything he wants, but you don’t have to answer. That’s the essence of it.


43 posted on 05/10/2011 7:32:47 PM PDT by John.Galt2012 (I'll take Liberty and you can keep the "Change"!)
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To: montanajoe

Collusion is illegal.
This is tacit collusion: no explicit agreement, but is quietly understood that all such service providers do this so customers have no practical/viable choice.
One of the few legitimate roles of government is to stop such abusive practices.


44 posted on 05/10/2011 7:35:38 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (Great children's books - http://www.UsborneBooksGA.com)
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To: driftdiver

If a leftist doctor wants to question people about their personal business that seems alright. What is unprofessional is for a doctor to retaliate against patients who tells them to mind their own business or who givea them an answer they don’t like.

Doctors should never permit their practices to become political causes or they will totally ruin the trust and respect the profession has earned with the American public. That is dangerous for everyone.


45 posted on 05/10/2011 7:36:54 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: ctdonath2

Like I said, something I don;t have to deal with. Thank God.


46 posted on 05/10/2011 7:40:00 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Some men DO just want to watch the world burn.)
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To: driftdiver
If you have a doctor asking about guns, you need to find a new doctor immediately, and tell the fascist rat bastard why you will not be back, on your way out.
47 posted on 05/10/2011 7:40:18 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: KansasGirl
My kid’s pediatrician asks this quesiton, and it irks me to no end.

You need a new pediatrician, like yesterday.

48 posted on 05/10/2011 7:41:32 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: KansasGirl
My kid’s pediatrician asks this quesiton, and it irks me to no end.

Ask him if his malpractice insurance covers advice he gives in a field that he is not qualified in.

49 posted on 05/10/2011 7:42:58 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Monarchy is the one system of government where power is exercised for the good of all - Aristotle)
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To: kalee

Having not carried a kid to the Doctor, except the Vet, is it routine for the Dr. to see your child without a parent being present?


50 posted on 05/10/2011 7:43:24 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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