Friday, January 21, 2011

Florida bill would prohibit doctors from asking about guns in the home

Via Attaturk at Rising Hegemon, an upcoming bill in Florida would make it a felony for doctors or their staff to ask patients if they own or store guns at home.
Doctors and other medical providers would be barred from asking patients — or the parents of child patients — if they have guns in their home under a measure that promises a major showdown between powerful lobbying groups.
The National Rifle Association's top Florida lobbyist and a Florida Medical Association member both say the issue is among the top priorities for the session, with the groups holding diametrically opposed positions on what doctors and their patients and families should be allowed to discuss during a medical visit.
Sponsored by Rep. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, the bill (HB 155) would make it a felony for a physician or staff member to ask patients or family members of patients if they own guns or store guns at home. If found guilty, the medical provider could be fined up to $5 million or face up to five years in jail.
Read that again: "...fined up to $5 million or face up to five years in jail."  For asking a question.  Aside from the fact that this law would be a blatant violation of the First Amendment, what the hell is wrong with these assholes?  What problem do they have with a doctor who may be concerned for a suicidal patient or with child safety asking this question?  Is this just simple paranoia?  Do they think that these doctors are going to report their legal gun ownership to the feds?

Here a suggestion: if you don't like the questions your doctor asks you, see a different fucking doctor.  Free market and shit.  Assholes.

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