ALERT** ROUND 22 ** STOP Doctors Violating Patients Gun Privacy Rights

DATE: April 11, 2011
TO: USF & NRA Members and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer
USF Executive Director
NRA Past President

SB-432 by Sen. Greg Evers (R) has now been scheduled to be heard in the Senate Budget Committee on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 1:30pm

SB-432 is a bill to stop antigun doctors asking children and parents if they own guns and then telling them to get rid of their guns. Further it stops Doctors from denying care to children if their parents refuse to answer questions about gun ownership.

The 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.

Banning guns and removing guns from homes is an agenda being pushed in Florida by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

You must act quickly. URGENT! This Committees Must Hear From You

PLEASE IMMEDIATELY EMAIL Members of the Senate Budget 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 and HB-155 intend 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. 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.

We know that many doctors don't interrogate their patients about what private personal property they own. This bill is not about them. It is about stopping the antigun doctors who violate privacy rights, try to offer unsolicited political advice to patients and become abusive when patients refuse to be bullied.

BELOW is an article by Dr. Timothy Wheeler with Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership at the Claremont Institute

Doctor's office not the place for anti-gun politics - Sun Sentinel

South Florida

Doctor's office not the place for anti-gun politics

By Dr. Timothy Wheeler
January 31, 2011

Do you own a gun? How many guns do you have? Do your children have access to guns in your home? Did you know that having a gun in your home triples your risk of becoming a homicide victim?

These are questions your doctor may ask you or your children as part of routine physical examinations or questionnaires. These are "ethical boundary violations" that violate privacy rights of patients and families.

Gun-related questions in doctors' offices are based on a medical political movement against gun owners. That movement is led by the American Academy of Pediatrics, although the AMA and other physician groups have launched similar efforts against gun owners.

Sometimes a doctor is right to ask a patient about guns in the home. A mentally disturbed patient who has expressed intent to do harm would be an example where such intervention is justified. But in most cases, questions about guns do not reflect a physician's concern about gun safety. Rather, they are intended to prejudice impressionable and trusting children and their parents into thinking that guns are somehow bad.

That political motive makes these questions ethically wrong. Any doctor who asks them is committing a form of unethical conduct known as an ethical boundary violation. And any doctor who commits an ethical boundary violation should be disciplined.

Patients who file written complaints with respective state consumer agencies are rare, compared to the number of patients whose rights are abused. Patients fear retaliation from their doctors and medical staffs. Those fears are not unfounded.

Patients/families have been verbally abused and chastised by doctors and medical staffs for refusing to answer gun questions. Doctors have even denied care to children whose parents have refused to be submissive to these ethical boundary privacy violations.

In reality, state agencies rarely do anything other than notifying a doctor of a complaint -- creating an even more hostile environment.

Patients and families shouldn't have to suffer in silence. They shouldn't be intimidated or coerced into disclosing personal information about their gun ownership to politically motivated doctors.

Unethical doctors who abuse your trust to advance a political agenda against law-abiding gun owning families must be stopped.

Dr. Timothy W. Wheeler is director for Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, a project of the Claremont Institute in Upland, Calif.