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

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, July 29, 2014

"Every gun owner in Florida and across the country is grateful for this common sense ruling. It is not a physician's business whether his or her patient chooses to exercise their fundamental, individual right to own a firearm," said NRA lead lobbyist Chris Cox.

Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said he was "astounded" by the appeals court's ruling. The ACLU had filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of the physicians.

"It's a sad day when judges tell doctors what is in the best interest of their patients," Simon said in prepared remarks. "This unconstitutional law gags doctors and prevents them from talking to their patients about measures to help parents protect children from guns in the home. The only thing that makes this discussion 'bad medical practice' in the view of two federal judges is the fact that it has to do with guns."

Simon said he expects that the ruling will be overturned when the case is reheard by the full appeals court.


John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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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