Skip to comments.Florida Bill Would Prohibit Doctors From Asking Patients About Their Guns
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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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.
“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.
It's the doctor's job to ensure my safety? I did not know that...
I agree, I mean to say should instead of would.
Of course, if I ever was, I'd answer “no”. But I've never been asked.
In some states the doctor can decide you are unstable and a danger, thereby revoking your ability to possess firearms.
wow..... reason 10098 why I’m glad I’m in Texas.
My kid’s pediatrician asks this quesiton, and it irks me to no end.
NJ pediatricians ask children if there are firearms in the home.
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?”
I think ours asked it once. They didnt like my answer.
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...
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.
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.
“”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?
Do they ask if the family owns a pool? 6 times as many children die in accidental drownings than accidental gunshots.
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.
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?”
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.
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.
If a doctor ever asks me that I’m going to ask them if they practice rough sex at home
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.
I live in Texas and I don’t go to doctors except to get sowed up if I need it.
Do you where a helmet when you ride your bike?
Yes, well, maybe the better question is to ask whether you SIT on one........ ;>
Lots of fishing accidents.
Do you have a sarcasm tag with that?
You have a point but the anti-gunners are using doctors as a back door method of gun control.
Ask them if they have stopped beating their wife yet......
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 ..
Standard pediatrics question.
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?
Your doctor asks if you own guns?
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.
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.
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.
Like I said, something I don;t have to deal with. Thank God.
You need a new pediatrician, like yesterday.
Ask him if his malpractice insurance covers advice he gives in a field that he is not qualified in.
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?