Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Doctors Attempt to Cure Gun Ownership

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Doctors Attempt to Cure Gun Ownership

Article excerpt

It is a blood-boiling hypothetical scene: You have just spent an hour in your doctor's waiting room for a routine check-up. You are brought back to an examination room to wait 45 more minutes on a cold table. The doctor finally arrives and begins a lengthy lecture on the dangers of owning a gun.

For a moment, you wonder if you have been waiting in the wrong room, but you have not.

The American Society of Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians (ASIM/ACP) have proposed that their members include questions about gun ownership as part of a regular health questionnaire. Their position is in response to a growing trend in violent crimes involving firearms and accidental shootings in the homes of gun owners. This step may sound rational and heartfelt enough, but it appears to be overly intrusive.

If patients indicate that they do indeed own a gun, the ASIM/ACP expects the physician to inform those patients of the inherent dangers. The result of this line of questioning has caused many patients to feel as if they have been judged irresponsible and incapable of taking legal means to protect themselves and their families. …

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