Three southern states, including North Carolina, currently have legislation in the works that would prohibit doctors from inquiring about gun ownership, according to USA Today.
Gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association, say that by health care officials questioning patients– or for the kiddies, their parents–about the status of a firearm in the home, is a violation of the Second Amendment.
Doctors counter that by arguing that keeping them from asking violates their First Amendment Rights.
Florida recently passed the bill in both legislative houses and the governor is expected to sign it into law.
Opponents of the bill say doctors aren’t concerned with the politics of gun control, but of saftey…especially that of children.
“..the absence of guns from children’s homes and communities is the most reliable and effective measure to prevent firearm-related injuries in children and adolescents. A number of specific measures are supported to reduce the destructive effects on guns in the lives of children and adolescents, including the regulation of the manufacture, sale, purchase, ownership, and use of firearms; a ban on handguns and semiautomatic assault weapons; and expanded regulations of handguns for civilian use.”
That looks like they support gun control to me.
However, the paper reports that constitutional law expert Erwin Chemerinsky says that banning doctors from asking about guns in the home would be “because it restricts speech on the basis of content, which is ‘allowed only if it serves a compelling interest and there is no other way to achieve it.’”
Sadly, I have to agree with that conclusion. So, here’s my solution.
As my pal Daryl says,”The problem is, we have too many laws.” So, let doctors ask their questions. All the patient has to say is, “That’s none of your damn business.”
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