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Assuming rights that no one has

That’s precisely what this pediatrician is claiming when he talks about what he has a right to do as it pertains to his patients and guns in the house:

As a pediatrician, I have one, straightforward professional obligation: to safeguard and support the health and wellbeing of my patients. In my case, those patients are children, but you could change the age range of the people coming into the office and apply that statement to any medical provider.

Every question I ask and every part of the physical examination, no matter how uncomfortable or invasive they might sometimes seem, is directed toward that one goal. I don’t ask about my patients’ sexual habits for the sake of prurience, for example, but rather to assess their risk for problems like sexually transmitted infections or unintended pregnancy.

Asking about guns in the house is no exception. When I ask parents if there are firearms in the home, and if so how they are secured, it is for the sole purpose of keeping their children safe. Given that access to guns in the home has been shown to increase the risk of death from suicide or homicide, to say nothing of the risk of accidental death, these questions are important. I ask because the answer matters.

He won’t ask you if you have a pool.  Or a car.  Or knives.  Just a gun.

He assumes a right to ask based on the false notion that it is his job to “keep children safe”.  Well, it’s not.

So when asked by anyone about guns in my house, I will invoke my real right – that of privacy – and look an intrusive bastard like this right in the face and say, “that’s none of your ‘effing business.”

Question asked and answered.


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7 Responses to Assuming rights that no one has

  • Try asking him when was the last time he had his cell phone swabbed for bacteria….or cleaned.

  • I disagree slightly, McQ.  Doctor Dearest has a right to ask you just about anything.  You have a right to take your custom elsewhere in response.  Or tell him/her to stick it, sideways…

  • That same Nanny, MD would ALSO ask if chillin’ had a bicycle helmet, if the family owned an ATV, if mommy or daddy drank adult beverages and how much, if mommy and daddy had discussions using “outside voices”, if chillin’ was ever allowed to walk three blocks without a security guard, etc.

  • Well, see, Progressive busybodies have deemed it acceptable to pry into people’s lives because they are  So  Very  Concerned  that the hoi polloi might be  Doing  Something  The  Wrong  Way.
    Once they (and their cohorts in Group-Think) have convinced themselves that they are noble, pure, and by-God  RIGHT ABOUT EVERYTHING, they just can’t HELP themselves — they’ve  GOT  to give everybody else in the world the benefit of their extraordinary wisdom and superior intelligence.
    That’s what it comes down to:  “I know what you should be doing, and I know how you should do it — and it’s up to me to make sure you do it right”.

    • Well, except who you’re sleeping with of course and what sort of parts they might have – they’re very concerned you don’t ask that question.
      Everything else is fair game for their attention and oversight.

    Yep.  And topical, too.  If you are not reading her, you are missing some poignant fun.

  • Of course our Dear MD made sure to examine his “childhood” gun injuries and death stats to filter out those sweet little 17-years-364-day-old gang-banger “dhild” yoots from the survey sample…..riiiiight?
    Sure the Dear Doctor did.
    Wonder about a comparison against (as has been mentioned — pools, bicycles, etc.) the many other things such as ingestion of unsecured out-of-reach meds, household cleaners poisoning, running out into the street.
    Nope.  It’s those gosh-durn guns, dadgummit!!
    I agree with the “nunya” and “talk to the hand” response to such questions with strong, clear push back.