NRA lobbyists helped write a bill that largely bans health professionals from asking about guns. Hammer says she and other NRA members consider the questions an intrusion on their Second Amendment rights.
But physicians see this as part of safeguarding families and children.
pediatricians ask a lot of questions. Dr. Louis St. Petery says it’s all part of what doctors call “anticipatory guidance” — teaching parents how to safeguard against accidental injuries.
Pediatricians ask about bike helmets, seat belts and other concerns.”If you have a pool, let’s talk about pool safety so we don’t have accidental drownings,” he says. “And if you have firearms, let’s talk about gun safety so that they’re stored properly — you know, the gun needs to be locked up, the ammunition stored separate from the gun, etc., so that children don’t have access to them.”
Medicynical note: 500 children are killed yearly by gun accidents and 34,000 about ten 747 passenger jet-loads of people are killed yearly by guns.
The NRA is remarkably paranoid and a major contributor to our dysfunctional culture.