FL Primary Care Docs Battle 'Gun Gag' Law

Primary care physicians' associations in Florida have filed a federal lawsuit to strike down a new law that they say hinders them from talking about firearms hazards with patients.

1 comments on "FL Primary Care Docs Battle 'Gun Gag' Law"
Tom (7/30/2011 at 1:18 PM)

I would think that office visits are short enough without having to expend time discussing patients personal non-medical situations in an attempt to push forth a Medical Association agenda. Even the general questions about pool covers or seat belts is irrelevant to the patient's treatment and we have the National Safety Council to address those issues - www.nsc.org . The physician is there to administer "Medical Treatment" and offer advice directly related to the condition of the patient. Physicians should not have the right nor the inclination to "Pry" into the private lives of patients or their families - it is a blatant disregard for patient privacy. If I have a intestinal problem why should the physician ask me if I own a gun? Hammer is correct in pointing out the failure of physicians to properly treat patients in cases that result in the deaths of over 100,000 yearly. Perhaps if physicians spent more time focusing on the patient's illness instead of consentrating on their "gun ban agenda" they would reduce the number of patient deaths due to "medical errors" significantly. The good intention of the medical profession is clearly overshadowed by it's failure to enact real change. They are not going to reduce or eliminate gun ownership by intruding their agenda on a per patient basis. It is clearly a bandaid approach to a hemmoraging problem. Anti-gun activists have been at it for years and nothing has changed. The only time a discussion about guns should take place between the physician and patient is when the patients initiate a concern about themselves or a family member in regard to depression or any number of mental disorders which may contribute to a irrational decision to use a gun as a solution. While there may be some patients that view the physician's inquiry as caring, Im sure there are many others who feel intruded upon and violated.


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