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Old 08-23-2011, 14:30   #1
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Anti-gun doctor?

We've just had our first baby - woohoo!

At the initial pediatrician appointment, as part of the initial questionnaire they asked if we own firearms and if they are secured in a safe. Seeing my face turn red my wife said "Yes, and they're secure" before I could blurt out "None of your _______ business."

Is this common among pediatricians or do I need to take my business elsewhere? I live in San Antonio, Texas where it's hard to find anyone anti-gun so this really surprised me.
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Old 08-23-2011, 14:57   #2
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It happens. Change physicians. Tell him/her exactly why you are leaving his practice. Tell others. Doctors are businessmen/women. You are the customer. Vote with your money. Take your business elsewhere.
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Old 08-23-2011, 15:27   #3
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In some localities it's required by law. It's a knee jerk reaction by so called do-gooders to find out if there is a propensity for violence within the home because of firearms present. Florida has recently overturned the laws and other states will probably follow.

If asked, just say "no".

BTW, congrats to the happy couple.

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Old 08-23-2011, 16:22   #4
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From my past experience with pediatricians, they are very liberal and they hate firearms. I have had a few of them tell me how I was a horrible parent for wanting to introduce firearms to my child.
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Old 08-23-2011, 17:50   #5
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These are the rules I follow:
Your doctor/child's doctor is a person she/he puts pants on one leg at a time just like you.
Your doctor works for you.
The doctor is your contracted employee, you are free to take their advise on socal matters, or not take that advise.
While the doctor recieves his pay by the insurance company who pays that?
You are free to find a doctor who's values you share.
Some doctors will not agree with this, I do not care, I pay my insurance ppo just like clock work every two weeks. I pay a copay every time I walk into their office. If I do not like or agree with the doctor's social values I am free to find one who I like or at least who I can live with.
I am also lucky as I go and shoot with my personal physician and my kids pedi.
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:07   #6
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Yep find a different doctor- It's none of there freaking business if you own guns! I could care less if it the law for them to ask as you are under no obligation to comply with that law! And I would be very pissed of at the wife -new baby or not. Congrates by the way!
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Old 08-25-2011, 12:53   #7
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I've heard of this type of questioning and it seems to be spreading like a disease among pediatricians. My response would be that it's none of their business. If they continued to question me about it, I'd say thank you and have a nice day...bye, bye.
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Old 08-31-2011, 17:29   #8
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Part of what prompted the Florida law was that one of the big pediatric associations was telling their members to specifically ask these kinds of questions.
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Old 09-01-2011, 06:42   #9
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We've just had our first baby - woohoo!

At the initial pediatrician appointment, as part of the initial questionnaire they asked if we own firearms and if they are secured in a safe. Seeing my face turn red my wife said "Yes, and they're secure" before I could blurt out "None of your _______ business."

Is this common among pediatricians or do I need to take my business elsewhere? I live in San Antonio, Texas where it's hard to find anyone anti-gun so this really surprised me.

As all the others have said, find another one. And Inform your wife that her answer was totally inappropriate but do it nicely, you don't want her pissed at you. My reaction would have been to stand up and walk out and tell the insurance to not pay the bill as the doctor delivered no services.
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Old 09-01-2011, 20:29   #10
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a new pa at my doctorsa office asked me that once, i replied by showing her my badge and said what do you think. she stuttered and stammered and left. the doc whom i have known for 30 years said what happened so i told him. he said it was none of her business. she did last too long
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:27   #11
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Since I am approaching the age where I need a geriatric specialist, not a pediatrician, I have never been asked about that. If I ever am asked, I will just say "no" (lie), with my NRA Benefactor Life Member, TSRA Life Member, and SAF Annual Member cards in my wallet. It's NOTDB!
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:37   #12
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Is a part of a series of standard question that is recommended by the American Board of Pediatrics that all doctors are suppose to ask parent and kids. Its what is called PIMs or Performance Improvement Module.

They ask if the kid is in a car seat, or if older if they use a seat belt? Do you use a helmet when you ride a bike? Stuff like that, basically in a move to prevent childhood injury. One of my kid's docs is pro gun and gave me the skinny. The funny thing is some pro gun docs like hime are pushing the ABP to re word the gun question, asking parents to keep firearms locked up out of reach from children and referring gun owners to the NRA childrens gun safety guidelines.

Don't blame the doc. The Ped Board is very anti, the doc may be just following procedure. Also some ask the question because they are afraid of getting sued if your kid gets hurt or dies in a ND.

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