Do You Have a Gun at your House?
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.