A board-certified pediatrician writing for The Huffington Post is upset that she can’t dispense anti-gun propaganda under the guise of medical advice in her home state of Florida.
“Would you believe that as a pediatrician, it is against the law in my state to ask my patients if they have a gun in their home?” Kristie Rivers, MD, FAAP, complains about a law protecting patient privacy from ethical boundary violations. “I could not provide safety tips on how to secure a gun to keep your child safe. I could not teach you how to talk to your child about firearm safety.”
Let’s examine that last claim first. In the same article, Dr. Rivers confesses “I had never really talked to my son about guns before. I never thought I had a need to.
“We don’t have guns in our house, and he doesn’t play with toy guns, watch violent movies or play video games, so I naïvely thought we were safe,” she explains. “I thought he would not be interested in guns or would just KNOW they are dangerous and not to be touched. To be honest, his answer shocked some sense into me.”