About.com is a hive of suck and fail. It’s basically useless except for finding the latest irrelevant web ads. Imagine my surprise when I find this foolish screed from a pediatrician who is incensed that he isn’t invited to give his ignorant advice about guns to parents.
This contrasts with what AAP President O. Marion Burton, MD, FAAP says about the Florida gun bill – “This bill is a harmful, unnecessary, and unprecedented government intrusion into the patient-physician relationship. Restricting the type of conversations that physicians can have with patients not only violates physician professional standards and clearly flies in the face of our First Amendment rights to free speech, but gravely threatens the health and well-being of patients. Similar legislation has already been proposed in other states, and we urge leaders in Alabama, North Carolina and elsewhere to reject these bills outright.”
Now no one comes to me asking if that pesky chest pain is heartburn or a heart attack. Who would be stupid enough to ask (or listen) to a doctor about gun safety? Now consider what the American Academy of Pediatrics considers good gun advice
The best way to keep your children safe from injury or death from guns is to NEVER have a gun in the home.
· Do not purchase a gun, especially a handgun.
· Remove all guns present in the home.
· Talk to your children about the dangers of guns, and tell them to stay away from guns.
· Find out if there are guns in the homes where your children play. If so, talk to the adults in the house about the dangers of guns to their families.
Luckily, no doctor has ever been stupid enough to try to talk to me about guns. My current doctor is a flaming libertarian. I think he has his own Wookie suit. I have a ready answer if ever run into the other sort of doctor.
Malpractice insurance is a bitch.