Florida passed a law barring doctors from asking patients questions about gun ownership. Now, I can only think of a few situations in which it would really be necessary for a doctor to ask a patient a question about gun ownership (e.g. when treating a mentally ill patient who poses a danger to himself or others, when asking “Tell me again about how you got this wound that you swear isn’t a gunshot wound but looks like one?”, or if the person is a frequent target shooter and they are having wrist or shoulder issues that might be affected by their shooting), but I cannot think of why it would be necessary to ban these questions. If a doctor is asking personal questions with no connection to their medical duties, tell them to mind their own business. If they don’t shut up, change doctors. Does this really necessitate a law? Anyway, a federal judge agreed that it’s a First Amendment violation, so it’s moot.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Strange State Laws
Thoreau (the blogger, not the annoying pseudo-philosopher):