You’ve been gut-shot, but I won’t ask…
Honestly, sometimes daily life in America just mystifies me. You take this story that says a U.S. federal judge has blocked a Florida law limiting what doctors can say about guns to their patients.
The law was believed to be the first of its kind. With all but a few exceptions, it barred doctors from questioning their patients about guns in their homes or from having discussions with them about firearm safety.
Gun rights supporters argued that such questioning from doctors violated their right to privacy.
I don’t understand a single word of this. I can honestly say the subject of firearms has never come up with any of my doctors, ever, so it’s not like they’re pushing a huge agenda or something.
I’m trying to figure out how on earth the topic might even arise with my physician…
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“Say, Bob, that’s a real nasty gunshot wound you’ve got there. Before I stop the bleeding I’d like to talk to you a little bit about firearm safety…”
“I have to say, those big burn marks on your cheek won’t go away if you hold your gun so the hot brass hits your face…”
“This little gizmo here is the safety, but I’ve said too much already…”
“Is that a gun in your pocket, Bob, or are you just happy you have insurance?”
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But if a doctor DOES want to bring it up, what’s wrong with that?
I mean, let me get this straight. They can warn me about the dangers of alcohol, drugs, unprotected sex, too much sodium, too little flossing, obesity, cholesterol, hemorrhoids, athlete’s foot, poison ivy, sunburn, auto-erotic asphyxia, lupus and sarcoidosis, but not guns?
What about other weapons? Can they talk to me about knives, land mines, alien death rays, garrotes and falling anvils, or does that invade my privacy, too?
All I can say is, I’m glad I don’t live in Florida. I’m happy I live someplace where if I show up with a Colt .45 stuck in my waistband, Old Doc can use that as an ice-breaker.
Top: Man aims the Taurus Raging Bee Large Frame Revolver at an Annual National Rifle Association Meeting in in Orlando, Florida, April 27, 2003.
Left: Various stickers stand on display at the NRA meeting.
Right: Various assault rifles and handguns sit on display at the NRA meeting.