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Physicians to Appeal 'Docs v. Glocks' Ruling in FL

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2014

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Robert M. Wah, M.D., President of the American Medical Association said, "We are disappointed by the court's ruling to uphold a Florida law that seeks to bar physicians from freely discussing firearm safety with their patients. This law poses real harm to patients as it interferes with physicians' ability to deliver safe care, and hinders patients' access to the most relevant information available. The AMA strongly believes the patient-physician relationship must be protected, because physicians provide appropriate treatment options based on open, honest and confidential communications with their patients. 

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council issued a report in 2013 that stated that in 2010 more than 105,000 people were killed or injured in firearms-related incidents.

Data on firearms violence in the United States could become more difficult to obtain since Congress, at the behest of the National Rifle Association, eliminated funding for gun violence research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The NRA, one of a long list of defendants in the case, applauded the court's ruling. The gun lobby had pressed the Florida Legislature to pass the 2011 law. The NRA said in a media release that the law is needed to protect gun owners' privacy rights "from Florida chapters of the American Academies of Pediatrics and American College of Physicians, along with a number of other groups and individuals backed by the anti-gun community…"

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7 comments on "Physicians to Appeal 'Docs v. Glocks' Ruling in FL"


Asok Asus (7/30/2014 at 5:01 PM)
Why would a physician focus on guns unless it was simply because they had an anti-gun agenda? There are far more dangerous items in households than guns, such as cars, motorcycles, bleach, antifreeze, farm equipment, ladders, poisons, chain saws, table saws, knives, fireworks, gasoline cans, lawn mowers, and improperly stored and cooked raw chicken. In fact, why would a physician ask about ANY of this stuff at all unless the reason for the visit was because of an accident with one of the above? Why would ANY of this be any business of the physician (or government) unless said item caused the injury being treated? I mean, what's the physician going to do with this information, say, gun possession? Keep records to turn over to the government? Lecture or teach gun safety because the physician is an expert about that? Does it actually serve the sick patient's interest for the physician to spend a chunk of their extremely limited face time asking irrelevant questions and gathering unrelated personal data instead of trying to actually focus on curing the sick patient? Isn't a cure why a patient sought out the doctor in the first place? What they are paying the doctor for? How would you like to pay a plumber, auto mechanic, or electrician to interrogate you about your gun ownership or your medical problems for that matter instead of fixing what you hired them to fix? FACTS TO PONDER : (A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000. (B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are120,000. (Calculation) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171. Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health Human Services >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Now think about this: Guns: (A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million..) (B) The number of accidental gun death per year, all age groups, is 1,500. (Calculation) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188. Statistics courtesy of FBI >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Remember, 'Guns don't kill people, doctors do.' >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR. From: Truth or fiction.com

Rfhod (7/30/2014 at 8:58 AM)
I don't understand the ruling. The patient can always refuse to provide the information about whether they have guns and refuse to discuss gun safety with their physician. It's not like the physician can force them to talk about it.

H Brownstein (7/30/2014 at 7:54 AM)
Physicians ask patient personal questions that can affect the patients health all the time. I f you are a gun owner what are you affraid of? The NRA restriction on free speech should not be allowed by the courts