By J. D. Heyes, NewsTarget
One of the Leftâ€™s most recent efforts to circumvent your right to keep and bear arms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment, is to have your personal physician inquire about guns in the home, which he/she will then document on medical records that are increasingly becoming computerized, and, thus, available to government snoops via database sharing.
But according to Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, a pro-firearms medical organization that â€œvalues the foundational tradition of firearm ownership in the lives of Americans,â€ you are under no obligation to tell your doctor anything about guns in your home â€” what kind, how they are kept, where they are kept, whether they are locked, etc.
â€œItâ€™s no accident that doctorsâ€™ or health plansâ€™ questions about guns in your home have become routine. In the 1980s and 1990s medical professional organizations declared a culture war on gun ownership in America,â€ DRGOÂ says on the groupâ€™s website.Â
â€œThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) developed an official policy (2012 version here) urging pediatricians to probe their young patientsâ€™ parents about guns in their homes,â€ the group continues.
â€œClaiming only to be concerned about â€˜gun safetyâ€™, the latest code term for gun control, the AAP pushed its member doctors to advise families to get rid of their guns. One of the authors of the original AAP anti-gun policy, Dr. Katherine Christoffel, wasÂ quoted in an AMA journalÂ as saying, â€˜Guns are a virus that must be eradicated,â€™â€ the organization noted further.
The AMA â€” the American Medical Association â€” as well as the American College of Physicians (ACP) both have mounted public relations campaigns aimed at subverting gun ownership and turning it into something that patients and their families ought to be ashamed of or consider a public health issue. The aim is the same as every other Leftist effort regarding guns: To convince you that you must, notÂ should, get rid of all guns in your home â€” as a way of improving your own health and safety, of course.
As far back as 2016, the AMA issued a statement calling gun violence â€œa public health crisis,â€ citing the high-profile but nevertheless extremely rare instances of mass shootings. The group said in a statement:
In the wake of the worst mass shooting in American history and with more than 6,000 deaths already in 2016 from gun violence, the American Medical Association (AMA) today adopted a policy calling gun violence in the United States â€œa public health crisisâ€ requiring a comprehensive public health response and solution.
What are the responses and â€˜solutionsâ€™ the AMA called for?Â Government regulation, of course. Gun control.
The AMA â€œrecognizes that uncontrolled ownership and use of firearms, especially handguns, is a serious threat to the publicâ€™s health inasmuch as the weapons are one of the main causes of intentional and unintentional injuries and deaths,â€Â the group says. The AMA has called for waiting periods before allowing anyone to purchase guns as well as universal background checks.
As for informing doctors about your guns, the DRGO says you donâ€™t have to â€” and you shouldnâ€™t. Hereâ€™s why:
â€” Doctors donâ€™t have any specialized firearms training regarding the safety, mechanics, or tactics surrounding their use, so theyâ€™re not â€˜experts.â€™
â€” Owning a gun is a â€œcivil right,â€ and a constitutionally protected civil right, at that. Pressuring patients to give up a civil right â€œis professionally and morally wrong,â€ DRGO explains, and â€œin some states it is illegal. You DO NOT have to tolerate it.â€
â€” As a consumer of healthcare, you â€œhave great power in the doctor-patient relationship,â€ the group says. â€œDo not be afraid to use it.â€
If youâ€™re asked about guns by your doctor, politely refuse to answer questions about them. You can also file a formal written complaint about any gun ownership questions on your health planâ€™s routine health assessment. Next step: File a formal complaint with the state agency that regulates health plans.
There are lots of other ways to resist.Â See them all here.
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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