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Doctors Have Right, Duty to Discuss Gun Safety
Submitted by: David Williamson

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In a nation with more than 30,000 annual deaths from gunfire, and more than 70,000 injuries, promoting the safe storage and handling of guns is an obvious task for public health professionals. At least, it should be. As a paper published online last week at the Annals of Internal Medicine argues, physicians have both a legal right and professional duty to ask patients about gun ownership and storage.

Comment by: kangpc (5/24/2016)
The docs are taking the offensive to divert our attention away from the fact that THEY are responsible for far more deaths than are firearms.

And don't ignore the fact that the editorial is sourced to "Bloomberg View." That should tell you something.


Comment by: shootergdv (5/24/2016)
Hmmm. More folks die in car accidents, right ? Anybody's doc ask 'em if they have cars/how many cars they have, how fast they will go , how fast they drive 'em ? etc.

Comment by: teebonicus (5/24/2016)
They do not.

Absent a direct connection to a medical or mental health condition, their speech can be controlled by state law under ethics standards.

Comment by: mickey (5/24/2016)
Let me rephrase that for you: Doctors have right, duty to discuss car safety.

Or, Doctors have right, duty, to discuss pool safety.

Or, Doctors should spend so much time lecturing you on product safety issues that they don't have time to diagnose or treat your injury or illness.

Comment by: jdege (5/24/2016)
In my mind, any physician who is qualified and certified to provide advice concerning firearms safety should be free to do so.

In other words, if a physician wants to dispense advice concerning firearms safety, they can take the classes:

Comment by: stevelync (5/26/2016)
They won't be discussing such matters with me until I see a training certificate from Gunsite, LFI, Thunder Ranch or other such training facility.

A fanatic is one who won't change his mind and won't change the subject. Winston Churchill

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