**URGENT ROUND 3 ** STOP Doctors from Violating Patientsí Gun Privacy Rights in Florida
DATE: February 16, 2011
TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer
USF Executive Director
NRA Past President
Senate Bill 432, introduced by state Senator Greg Evers (R-2) has been scheduled to be heard in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on Tuesday, February 22 at 9:00 a.m.
SB 432 would stop anti-gun doctors from asking children and parents if they own guns and then telling them to get rid of their guns. It further stops doctors from denying care to children if the parents refuse to answer questions about gun ownership.
This bill is designed to make doctors practice medicine NOT practice gun ban politics in their examination rooms. As a parent or a patient you have a right to protect your privacy about gun ownership. How many guns you own and where they are stored is your personal private information.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is pushing its anti-gun agenda of banning and removing guns from homes in Florida.
You must act quickly. PLEASE IMMEDIATELY E-MAIL members of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. THEY NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU NOW!
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SUPPORT SB 432 -- Stop Doctors from Violating Gun Privacy Rights
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Doctors need to treat illness, not guns. Pediatricians and other physicians, in growing numbers, are prying into our personal lives, invading our privacy and straying from issues relating to disease and medicine by 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 SB 432 intends to prohibit.
This bill comes 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. Parents 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, 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 children. 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.
Imagine how you would react if this happened to someone in your family:
A Mom took her toddler to their pediatrician, who had been the child's pediatrician since he was born.
Out of the clear, the pediatrician asked if she or her husband owned any guns. She was shocked and responded by asking, "Do YOU own a gun?"
He told her that whether or not HE owned a gun was none of her business. She responded by saying "right back at you." The doctor got angry and walked out of the room.
The mom waited for 30 minutes before a nurse came in and said the doctor wasn't coming back so she could leave. She dressed her son and left without the child ever being examined.
The doctorís office sent her a bill, because she walked out without paying. She wouldn't pay the bill because the doctor walked out without examining her child.
The bill was turned over to a collection agency. The collection agency started harassing the family and threatening their credit.
Her husband hired a lawyer. The doctor told the lawyer it was all the Mom's fault, because she wouldn't answer his question and as a doctor, he had a right to ask any "damn" thing he wanted to.
The doctor's lawyer then got involved and advised the doctor to cancel the bill and apologize to the family. The doctor canceled the bill, but never apologized. Then told the family to find a new doctor.
The many horror stories out there are unconscionable.
We know that many doctors don't interrogate their patients about what private personal property they own. This bill is not about them. SB 432 is about stopping the anti-gun doctors who violate privacy rights, try to offer unsolicited political advice to patients and become abusive when patients refuse to be bullied.
Please read the opinion of Dr. Timothy Wheeler with Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership at the Claremont Institute, Doctorís Office Not the Place for Anti-Gun Politics in the Sun Sentinel. You can read the article by clicking here.