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  •  The AAP has already ticked off gun fetishists. (10+ / 0-)

    The American Academy of Pediatrics has the following practice recommendation:

    "The AAP recommends that pediatricians incorporate questions about the presence and availability of firearms into their patient history taking and urge parents who possess guns to prevent access to these guns by children." (1)

    A pediatrician who was following this practice guideline pissed off a gun fetishist mother.  That fetishist got a law passed that prohibits a physician from questioning a patient about the presence of guns in the home.  Florida pediatricians are ignoring the law and are fighting it in court. (2)

    The NRA, in addition to effectively stopping epidemiological studies of gun injuries, has proposed legislation in several states that would prohibit health care providers from questioning patients about guns in the home. (2)

    1.  PEDIATRICS Vol. 130 No. 5 November 1, 2012
    pp. e1416 -e1423 (doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-2481)


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    by frasca on Wed May 15, 2013 at 05:04:16 AM PDT

    •  yep (9+ / 0-)

      all the state stuff failed, in no small part due to the AAP. We/I had a very small part to play in SC this year. A member of our United Physicians of Newtown group engaged Josh Putnam, who propposed the latest Doc v Glock bill, and Putnam modified to voluntary from mandatory.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Wed May 15, 2013 at 05:09:21 AM PDT

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    •  Gun people are so crazy. (6+ / 0-)

      If she doesn't like her pediatrician, why doesn't she just find a gun-friendly one?

      There must be some of them.

      True, they're probably not going to be very good, but if you want a pediatrician who doesn't care whether a kid finds a gun at home and starts putting it in his mouth, you're probably going to have to settle.

      "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

      by Bush Bites on Wed May 15, 2013 at 05:11:28 AM PDT

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      •  Maybe (2+ / 0-)
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        she's already bought her toddler his or her own gun!
        cricket rifle photo cricketrifle_zps70586ef7.jpg

        That is a Cricket Rifle, by the way, a very real .22 rifle.
        Another Responsible Gun Owner TM that allows their children to play with guns.

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        by skohayes on Wed May 15, 2013 at 06:55:43 AM PDT

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    •  It's a child protection issue. (1+ / 0-)
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      I don't know about other states, but here in California, children can be removed from their parents' custody if the parents demonstrate a failure to protect their children from harm.  If the recent case of a five-year-old shooting his two-year-old sibling had happened here in California, child protective services could have removed the surviving child from the parents' custody for the child's protection.  If you can't keep your kids away from guns, you're not taking proper care of them.

      Pediatricians need to be able to discuss these things with their patients' parents, if for no other reason than to ensure that parents are aware of what the consequences of keeping guns in the house can be.  Those consequences can be both physical and legal.  

      "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

      by FogCityJohn on Wed May 15, 2013 at 09:05:59 AM PDT

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