Saturday, April 02, 2011

Doctors, Gun Groups Compromise on Gun Ownership Questions

Rant follows the pull quote here:
The National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups had pushed for a much stronger bill that would have precluded doctors, in many cases, from asking patients about whether they own guns. Backers of the measure, sponsored by Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, had said patients were being harassed over gun ownership.

But citing the confidentiality of what is said between doctors and patients, and a broader desire to protect other members of patients’ families, doctors had pushed back hard against the bill (SB 432). The issue had promised a fight between two of the most powerful lobbies at the Florida Capitol.

But an amendment adopted before the committee’s vote on Monday would now generally allow doctors to ask questions about gun ownership, as long as the physician doesn’t “harass” the patient, and doesn’t enter the information into the patient’s record without a good reason. That leaves enough room that doctors now support the measure, as does the NRA.

Nobody should support this bill. I’ve said so before. And to remind everyone, I’m a doctor who owns a gun.

Your doctor harasses you about guns? Stand up, walk out, get another doctor. Tell your shooting friends to avoid that doc. That’s fine. Look, if you own a gun, ostensibly for self defense, but cannot say ‘no’ to a question you think is out of bounds you need to sell your gun. Use the money to buy a sign that says “Please don’t hurt me, I’m unarmed (and don’t ask me questions in an offensive manner either)”.

What kind of sissies live in Florida that if their doctor ‘harasses’ them about guns they need a law affecting all doctors in their state so they don’t have to say ‘none of ya beezwax’? Really, this rose to the level of insult to the patient population that legislation was required? This is where our Republic is, we need to regulate speech so nobody gets offended?

Nothing good will come of this special interest encroachment into what can be discussed in a physician patient relationship. This sets a terrible precedent going forward. ‘Well, it was okay to ban conversations about guns, so now the (insert special interest group) manufacturers have this bill, see, and…’.

Shame on the Florida docs for agreeing to this travesty. Opposing this, and taking it to court had it passed, would have been the right thing to do. For your profession, your patients, and your country.


MD: No charges for gas station clerk in shooting: "The gas station clerk who killed a would-be robber in Laurel last year will not face criminal charges, the State’s Attorney’s Office announced yesterday. After reviewing police reports, videos and visiting the scene, prosecutors decided not to charge 48-year-old Mapher Amin Ibrahim with killing 29-year-old Josue Alberto Angel, concluding the shooting was justified. According to police, Angel entered the Quest Gas Station and Dunkin’ Donuts on the 3400 block of Laurel Fort Meade Road on Dec. 28 and announced the robbery. He implied he had a weapon. Angel and Ibrahim struggled in the gas station’s parking lot near the pumps and Angel was shot in the leg. He was taken to the Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, where he later died from his injuries."

TN: Manslaughter Charge Dismissed: "Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole dismissed voluntary manslaughter charges Thursday morning against Andrews Graves. He was originally charged with first degree murder in the June 2010 shooting death of Michael Newby at the victim's home on North Concord in East Brainerd. Prosecutors asked the judge to dismiss the charge saying Graves acted in self-defense. Witnesses testified that Newby had left his home and came back wearing a mask and wielding a gun, ordering everyone to the floor. Graves fired at Newby striking him in the head."

OR: Man fatally shot after argument over noise: "Dale Duncan, 69, had complained about noise coming from the adjacent unit where Wyatt had gone to visit, and Wyatt, 48, ended up in a struggle with the 69-year-old man, friends and police said. Portland police received a 9-1-1 call reporting the shooting at 9:12 a.m. When officers arrived, they found Wyatt dead in Duncan's unit, at 8515 S.E. Bush St. Police said Duncan was cooperative, and no arrest was made. Police also recovered a handgun at the unit. Investigators suspect Duncan may have acted in self-defense, and will present all the evidence to the Multnomah County District Attorney's office for review. The man was retired and lived alone. He described Duncan as fragile with health ailments. Wyatt battled alcoholism much of his life, and had a lengthy criminal record

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