Do You Have a Gun at your House?

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That question will soon become, it seems, illegal (or potentially problematic) in Florida for doctors.

Florida is set to become the first state to pass a law that would limit doctors’ ability to council parents about gun safety in the home. Pediatricians decry the law as wrongheaded, and they’re backed by statistics that suggest the law will kill kids. Last week, the state legislature approved a bill that would make it legal to impose punishment on doctors who ask about guns kept in the home. The bill awaits approval from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who is known to support gun rights and will likely sign the bill, said Dr. Louis St. Petery, a pediatrician in Tallahassee, Fla., and executive vice president of the Florida Pediatric Society.

The NRA is behind the law… of course. Because the NRA doesn’t care that

A gun in the home is 43 times more likely to kill someone known to the family than it is to kill someone in self-defense, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). And many victims of accidental gun injuries and death are under age 25, research has shown. Further, states with the most guns at home have suicide rates double rates of states with the fewest guns, and those suicides are often children. Pediatricians argue it’s vital to ask about guns in the home so they can advise parents about risks and make sure the guns are stored properly, all in order to prevent injury and death in children. “For pediatricians, prevention is the name of the game,” St. Petery said.

But for the NRA and the death lovers they’ve bought off in legislative bodies, it’s all about money. Lives? Who cares. Money for the gun industry? That matters a lot because guns are the gods of the feckless.

Florida is nothing more than a suburb of Texas.

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4 thoughts on “Do You Have a Gun at your House?

    Jeremiah said:
    May 6, 2011 at 20:16

    The problem with statistics like that one is that it includes suicides.

    Bob Schillaci said:
    May 6, 2011 at 21:55

    Don’t forget Arizona, Jim. Gun nut capital of the US!

    And why would suicides be excluded from a study on what guns are more likely to kill? The whole point is that if you have a gun in your house it is far more likely to be used against you or a family member/friend than any potential criminal.

    Michael Acidri said:
    May 7, 2011 at 08:07

    Whew in Britain we only get to see guns in block buster movies…and when the American president is visiting. Do tazers count? Ouch!! Whodunnit?

    Jeremiah said:
    May 9, 2011 at 15:11

    Bob, because suicidal people use guns for convenience. The idea that having a method of suicide available makes you more prone to commit suicide is flat out stupid. Anyone who wants to die bad enough to shoot themselves in the head probably has access to dozens of equally painless methods of suicide (for example: jumping off a bridge, running a car in a garage, or taking pain pills). As far as people going batshit insane and killing their families, there is no proof that gun owners are more likely to do that than anyone else. These statistics tend to include accidental deaths as well. We should address that problem appropriately but it is a misnomer to suggest that guns were used to harm the family in those cases, because the harm is contra the intent of the “user.” The simple fact is that if you follow the 4 rules of gun safety you will never have such an accident. Finally, and perhaps most ridiculous, these studies tend to include justified uses of force. For example, husband savagely beats wife, and wife shoots him to save her life. The fact that people drinking the gun control koolaid need to lump together all these disparate situations is proof positive that the statistics are not actually in their favor.

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