What Doctors ask their patients about guns

Ignoring the fact that gunlocks or taking guns out of the home will result in more crime deaths than save lives by preventing accidental gun deaths, doctors rely on shoddy public health research. Here are the questions.

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. . . .



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