Thursday, February 23, 2006

Docs Could Lose License for Asking about Guns

JANETTE RODRIGUES, THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT - A pediatrician who asks a child's parent about firearms in their home could lose his or her license or be disciplined under legislation being considered by a [Virginia] Senate committee today. The bill would prohibit health care professionals from asking a patient about gun possession, ownership or storage unless the patient is being treated for an injury related to guns or asks for safety counseling about them.

Sponsored by Del. Ward Armstrong, D-Martinsville, the bill sailed through the House by a vote of 88 to 11 last week... The legislation is opposed by The Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics because it blocks a common practice by medical professionals to inquire about gun ownership and safety when they go over a safety checklist with parents during a child's regular checkups from birth to puberty.

"We saw the bill but presumed no one in their right mind would put it through," said Dr. Leslie Ellwood, chapter president. "We thought it was such an unusual bill that anyone with common sense wouldn't pass it."

The error was presuming that common sense still exists.


At 6:36 PM, Blogger Danielle said...

Lucas, why didn't you let us comment up there?

I am with you. I am litterally putting a heating pad on my neck right now.

Also, I need a drink...

At 11:54 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

Yeah, I'm agreeing with Danielle there.

Feel better soon dear!!!!!!

At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Sam said...

Dr. Luke, m'love! What is wrong with your back?

Ok so here is the deal - if you aren't busy tomorrow night (tuesday) we should catch up! I will try to get on around... 10-10:30 (i get off work at 9) and hope to see you on!


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