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Jungle October 24th, 2013 1:58am

The government has started requiring federal doctors(VA, military, etc.) to inquire of patients how many firearms they own. Do you find this acceptable?

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TierasPet
10/24/13 12:09 am

What difference can that possibly make in their diagnosis?

susanr Colorado
10/23/13 9:19 pm

Not really true. See link below.

Wert A picture of my junk
10/23/13 9:24 pm

As I thought. Polls like this should be tagged as hypothetical. Otherwise, they are a false push poll.

susanr Colorado
10/23/13 10:24 pm

They also stick in people's brains & get passed along as truth, especially when people don't read all the comments, comment early & don't return, or just vote & move on. I swear I spend about a fourth of my fine here chasing down the

susanr Colorado
10/23/13 10:25 pm

truth of half- or not-true stories, but probably to little overall effect.

theavgguy I.E.
10/23/13 10:53 pm

Susan based on his reply I feel the same.

SFLiberal
10/23/13 8:59 pm

I answered yes because the government doesn't require doctors to ask that.

elianastar Gab.ai FreeSpeech
10/23/13 8:21 pm

No one is under oath in a doctor's office.

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think4yourself Not a safe space
10/23/13 8:19 pm

Obama released 23 executive actions and orders to limit gun usage. Order 16, as summarized, states federal agencies will “clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.”

Torfin Never Behind
10/23/13 7:50 pm

Questions that I will refuse to answer: Plea the 5th Amendment!

glyiker America
10/23/13 7:18 pm

I'm heaving trouble seeing how my guns affect my health.

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susanr Colorado
10/23/13 7:19 pm

If you were a psychiatric patient, they might. If you were a child, whether your parents were trained in gun safety could be as important as whether they knew how to childproof a home or properly use a car seat - both of which are safety measures

susanr Colorado
10/23/13 7:20 pm

pediatricians often go over with parents.

rickvee Living the dream
10/23/13 8:31 pm

If you're a psych patient, you're probably not legally allowed to own a gun. If you're a kid, you might not know if your parents do. Why not ask how many cars they have or if they have hepa filters in their furnace or how often they microwave food...

susanr Colorado
10/23/13 9:04 pm

I'm 99.99% sure that not all patients of psychiatrists are prohibited from owning guns. And the doctor doesn't ask the child if their parents own a gun; they ask the parents.

rickvee Living the dream
10/23/13 9:12 pm

Then the parents can tell him it's none of his business. They can't own them if they've been declared mentally disturbed/deficient by the state.

susanr Colorado
10/23/13 9:17 pm

Fine, I don't really give a crap. Did I say I thought they HAD to ask, or that patients HAD to respond? I just think it's a sensible health issue. Who knows, it might have prevented the most recent little-kid-who-picked-up-parent's-gun-&-killed-

susanr Colorado
10/23/13 9:19 pm

-themselves incident. About that, I DO give a crap. And fine about the "declared disturbed" thing (whatever the legality actually is) but that's not what you said originally - not the majority of psychiatrists' patients.

susanr Colorado
10/23/13 7:17 pm

I'm fine with pediatricians & family doctors who have children among their patients, as well as psychiatrists, asking about guns in the home, but I don't see that it is appropriate for any other physicians. I've never heard of asking about how MANY

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susanr Colorado
10/23/13 7:18 pm

guns there are, but if that is correct I don't think it's appropriate.

I opposed the Florida law *prohibiting* doctors about asking about guns, though. That seems intrusive to me.

DunkinFrunk Austin area, Texas
10/23/13 7:10 pm

I won't disclose that information.

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shellybaxter1234 Peaceful Place
10/23/13 7:11 pm

Well - you don't have too - thanks to theaverageguy we know this information is false

theavgguy I.E.
10/23/13 7:08 pm

Please research such stuff before you post it.
www.snopes.com/politics/guns/medicare.asp

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Jungle in the dog house
10/23/13 7:14 pm

I doesn't matter if it's true or not. I just want people's opinions on it.

theavgguy I.E.
10/23/13 7:27 pm

You presented it as the truth, so it does matter.

carebear421dm California Bay Area
10/23/13 7:05 pm

I don't think the patients have any obligation whatsoever to disclose this information legally. It's preposterous to have the doctors ask, what does that have to do with their health, which is why they see a doctor?

Jungle in the dog house
10/23/13 7:11 pm

Exactly. The best answer to that question by a doctor is "I don't own any".