If Your Doctor Asks if You Have a Gun at Home, Here’s What to Say


We don’t really think about guns during a routine visit to the doctor, but that’s all changing now. Now, along with the regular questions of “do you smoke,” “how often do you drink,” and “do you use illegal drugs” doctors are asking a new question. Believe it or not, doctors are now asking “do you own a gun in your home?”

More and more doctors are asking the ludicrous question to patients, but don’t worry. Conservative lawmakers are working to stop them.ù

In the state of Florida, Governor Rick Scott signed a law back in 2011 that would ban all doctors from questioning their patients if they owned firearms or not. Some leftists doctors still think it’s a great idea, because they are trying to “protect” people from themselves… I can protect myself thank you very much. Now, a new study has come out that says no law should stop them from asking patients about guns.

The Washington Post reported on the study:

“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.”

These nosy doctors like to claim that they have concern for their patients, and while that’s probably not untrue, they are violating their patients’ rights. Statistics show that white men who show signs of depression are at a higher risk of committing suicide with a gun. While these doctors believe that they are helping, they are crossing a line.

In a political and cultural environment that has become more and more disapproving of the Second Amendment, telling anyone that isn’t a part of your immediate family that you own a firearm is risky. That information will go on a medical record if told to a doctor, and the feds will likely have access to all medical records very shortly.

We can’t let this escalate to the point when Leftists will control all levels of government and will work to confiscate all guns, and you know they’ll do it too.

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So, if your doctor asks you if you own a firearm there is only one logical answer to his question. Even if you own firearms say no. Do NOT tell them that you own a gun because it will immediately go on your medical record. The feds will have access to said record, and they will do everything in their power to take your firearms from you. Definitely don’t act suspicious when the question is posed either. Simply say no.

H/T: The Federalist Papers

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