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How to respond to your doctor if s/he asks you about gun ownersip?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Green Lantern, Jan 17, 2013.

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  1. Vern Humphrey

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    "I have been targeted for a burglary before, based on the wrong person finding out what valuables I have in my house. I don't care to repeat the experience, therefore I decline to answer."
     
  2. Deltaboy1984

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    Tell them none of your business. I told my kids Dr this !
     
  3. BCCL

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    That right there!!! ^^

    If you answer "yes", then not only does every "God knows who" person in some government database know you do, but every nurse, aid, janitor and every unknown skeezehead husband/boyfriend/brother/whoever, they are currently pillow talking with, has access to that knowledge, along with your address in the doctors files.
     
  4. Birch Knoll

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    No, no, no....

    If your doctor asks "Do you have any guns", glance quickly to your left, and then to your right, lean in close to him, and whisper, "What do you need?"
     
  5. ElToro

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    Why ? You need something shot ?
     
  6. LUCKYDAWG13

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    hey doc can you keep a secret me too :neener:
     
  7. colorado_handgunner

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    I would politely remind him that in my state, asking that question could land him in some legal hot water and he may want to refrain in the future.

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  8. SouthernYankee

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    My Doctor

    When my doctor asks me about my guns he starts by telling me about his. Then we move on to what he's thinking about getting. After 20 mins. or so we finally get to what I went to see him for. Usually within 2 Sat.'s we're out somewhere on my property exercising our rights and putting on ear to ear grins. If you need a good Dr. I can give you his name... Good luck with yours.
     
  9. gym

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    The last court ruling on this is that you need not answer, nor are they allowed to ask. Mine both carry guns. I usually remove mine when being weighed, it's a standing joke, with or without, both nurses also carry.
    Neither of my docs have a problem with guns, I actually was the guy who got one of them into shooting.
     
  10. Kayaker 1960

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    Never been asked

    I'm 52 years old, I've seen a few different doctors though thankfully never anything too serious. I've never been asked, that question has nothing to do with my health and if asked that's what I'd say.
     
  11. 7402

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    A doctor asked me that question once and I considered it appropriate. Of course, she's my audiologist and I'm hard of hearing. We then had a brief and relevant discussion about getting some high tech ear protection. I have no idea if she is a gun owner or not--she neither volunteered nor did I have a reason to ask.
     
  12. Isaac-1

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    I would probably respond with a question like, why do you ask?

    As there may be some valid medical reason, for example he knows I have a bad left shoulder, and might advise the use of a better recoil pad or to avoid loads that kick a lot.

    Although in all likelyhood around here it would likely be leading up to questions about good places to hunt, etc.

    I have an appointment with my GP in a couple of weeks maybe I will ask him his thoughts on doctors asking about guns.
     
  13. Birch Knoll

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    No, not if you talking about the Florida law which attempted to prevent physicians from asking about guns. A Federal court permanently blocked enforcement of that law. Doctors have freedom of speech; the government can't tell them what they can and cannot say.

    Of course, you're under no obligation to answer, or to be truthful.
     
  14. DHJenkins

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    Has anyone actually been asked this?
     
  15. gego

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    Given the danger that he might put me in a data base, when he asked me if I had guns in my home, I would simply tell him that I might have some Dentine or Wrigley's Juicy Fruit, but I may have already used it up. An alternative answer might be, "I hope the next question your going to ask me isn't when I won't be home".

    After the laugh, I would just say no. I gain nothing by confronting him and have a little risk in doing so . But given that I am 68 and probably have been to a doctor three times in the last 20 years, I don't count that as an issue. I just hope I don't need to go sometime for shooting myself in the foot.
     
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    In general when I get a question that is somewhat inappropriate and I really don't want to answe I just say "why do you ask"? It seems to work. I've been using it for 15 years at work. If I ever do get someone to say something that they think is reasonable, I palm to say that it's an impnappropiate question and I'm not going to answer.
     
  17. HOWARD J

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    A long time ago my Dr. asked me if I had a gun.
    I told him I carry a gun
    He said" let me see it " I took out the bullets & handed it to him.
    " where can I get one" I told him
    He bought one
    Glock 26
     
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    The AMA has lobbied for more gun control. Obama has enlisted the CDC to explore gun violence. Guess at the outcome of such research. I'm sure in 20 minutes on my laptop I can research more pertinent factual info than the whole CDC can in 6 months.
     
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    My old doctor back in NY knew of my military service and asked if I had firearms. I responded with a simple "Yes" and he proceeded to ask me what he should get for personal protection. Spent a good 20 minutes going over firearm recommendations. Last I heard he ended up getting a Beretta Px4 before this whole mess started.
     
  20. Ohio Gun Guy

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    I was asked, while having one of the kids check-up. I said no. Later, I encouraged our changing Dr.'s.....
     
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    A number of years ago, taking my youngest son in for vaccination, the doc asked me if I had any firearms at home. I was younger, more confrontational, and taken by surprise, so I Looked him in the eye and said "That's none of your G--D-mn business!" That resulted in a several minute lecture from him about the dangers of guns in the home, importance of gunlocks, etc, after which I asked him which firearms instructors courses he had attended. (I had been training soldiers for years, local law-enforcement and concealed-carry classes,more recently, and was state-championship level at cowboy action shooting that spring.) He said that he had none of that, just studies in some medical journal. We walked out, and son got his immunization somewhere else the following week.
    If asked the same now, I'd simply answer, "No.";)
     
  22. velojym

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    Far more people being killed by medical mistakes... I'd tell him his family was in more danger having a doctor in the house.
     
  23. Chevelle SS

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    "None of your business."
     
  24. Dr_B

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    If we don't answer our doctors, does federal law require a mandatory prostate exam?
     
  25. Fishslayer

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    ^^^ This. Kinda like "Are you gay?" any answer but no means yes. :D

    Somebody pointed out that it's not illegal to lie to your doctor, but it might become so when they become Fed employees. :what:
     
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