Your doctor could begin asking about your guns and you should know your rights before he or she does. Dr. John Edeen, membership director for Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO) appeared on the “The Women’s Gun Show,” with Carrie Lightfoot. He is an expert on guns and on the law governing doctor’s questions to patients.
Edeen prefaced his response by pointing out how the culture war against gun ownership began in the mid-1980s – with an army of specialty organizations as the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Surgeons – with a “concerted effort to stigmatize firearms ownership.” Edeen stated the solution, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, is to “get rid” of your guns.
“Here’s the rub … the doctor that gives you that advice has never touched a gun, doesn’t know anything about firearms safety, has never been educated in firearms safety in medical school. The only thing they know about guns is what they see on TV … you and I both know is total misinformation.”
“The doctors are using their position as physicians to push a political agenda … We call this a boundary violation; it’s an ethical issue in medicine, kind of like sexual advances toward your patients,” said Edeen. He urged people to push back.
You can do so by filing a complaint with your insurance company or the quality insurance board at your workplace. Or you can go to the state medical board and file a complaint against that physician for an ethical boundary violation.
Edeen said healthcare professionals are essentially asking you to give up a civil right when they tell you to get rid of your guns.
Edeen and Lightfoot also discussed the electronic files kept now at healthcare facilities, and how government can access this data mine for backdoor registration of guns.
“So, the answer is … it’s not an appropriate question to ask and let’s go on,” said Edeen.