Doctors Should Treat Illness Not Attack Gun Owners

Doctors Should Treat Illness Not Attack Gun Owners
By Marion Hammer

AmmoLand Gun News
AmmoLand Gun News

Florida – -(Ammoland.com)- As noted legislation has been filed to stop pediatricians and other physicians from prying into our personal lives, invading our privacy and straying from issues relating to disease and medicine into questioning children or their parents about gun ownership.

We take our children to physicians for medical care, not moral judgment, political harassment, and privacy intrusions — and that is what Florida’s HB 155 and SB 432 intend to prohibit.

These bills come in answer to families who are complaining about the growing political agenda being carried out in examination rooms by doctors and medical staffs — and the arrogant berating if a patient refuses to answer questions that violate privacy rights and offend common decency.

Horrified parents have described nurses entering the answers to gun questions into laptop computers to become a part of medical records. They have become concerned about whether those records can be used by the government or by insurance companies to deny health care coverage because a family exercises a civil right in owning firearms.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Medical Association are pushing this gun ban agenda. The website of the AAP makes it clear its goal is to ban guns and to prevent parents from having guns in their homes or vehicles.

The intent of some may be to stop death from firearms accidents, but it is worth noting that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, doctors and medical staffs in Florida are responsible for six times more accidental deaths (called “Medical Misadventures”) than firearms accidents.

Physicians have plenty of room to work in their own backyards to stop accidental deaths in keeping with their “first do no harm” medical oaths.

Keeping children and families safe is a worthy goal, but physicians should focus on what happens to children and patients in their offices and hospitals. Doctors should practice medicine rather than behave like social workers or gun monitors or gun registration bureaus.

As parents, we are responsible for our children’s safety. We don’t need doctors pushing their anti-gun politics on us or our kids. We need them to spend their time practicing medicine and not prying into our personal lives on issues that have nothing to do with disease, its cure, or its eradication.

Marion P. Hammer

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Marion Hammer of Tallahassee is former president of the National Rifle Association. Contact her at MPHammer1@aol.com.

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