Why Doctors Ask If A Patient Owns A Gun

Why Doctors Ask If A Patient Owns A Gun

Do no harm. That’s the first rule of medicine. Yet, recently, a physician’s role has seemingly expanded to knowing whether or not a patient owns a gun. If you’ve been to a doctor lately, they may have asked you whether or not you own a gun or if there is a gun in the home.

Both questions, outside of severe mental health examinations, have little to no bearing on your physical health. Why is this? This is because firearm-related accidents are not a major cause of injury or death in the United States.

That hasn’t stopped anti-gun institutional establishments from trying to drive a wedge between physicians and their gun-owning patients. As quoted by a public health expert at UC Davis for a Washington Post article:

“Firearm violence is an important health problem, and most physicians agree that they should help prevent that violence,” wrote Garen J. Wintemute, a public health expert at the University of California Davis and co-author of the paper, in an email to The Washington Post.

Unless you’re an apt mental gymnast, you may entirely miss the logical fallacies and the appeal to authority that this “public health expert” purports to be fact. That’s because people in institutional positions of authority have the opportunity to abuse their positions to exploit political goals.

No institution is immune. And, apparently, medical health isn’t either.

“No federal or state law prohibits doctors from asking about firearms, counseling about their use, and — when there is imminent risk of harm — disclosing information to others who can help,” Wintemute said.

Because physicians are not barred from asking, Wintemute suggests they should. What other questions should a physician ask?

If we examine the Center for Disease Control‘s reports on causes of death, we see that in 2014 (the last available year for statistics at the moment), ~33,600 people died in the United States as a result of firearms-related incidents. That includes suicides (21,386), armed robberies, negligent discharges and the whole gamut.

If your physician was honestly concerned with your health and looking to prevent the loss of it, he may want to start with the over-prescription of medications and their abuse — which result in far more deaths per year than firearms.

Drug-related deaths in the United States overwhelmingly do much more damage than firearms, yet I’ve never heard a physician asking me what drugs I keep in my home.

Physician: “Excuse me, sir, but do you happen to keep any drugs in your home?”

Patient: “Why, yes, I keep at least 5 grams of heroin/fentanyl in my medicine cabinet at all times.”

Physician: “Good, good. By the way, do you need a refill of Duragesic?”

Patient: “Now that you mention it, I am getting a little low…”

As you can see, there’s clearly no reason why a physician should be asking a patient whether or not he owns a firearm. If the question is one of whether or not the patient is fit to own a gun, please refer to federal and state statutes regarding where the line is drawn on mental competency.

That line is usually drawn at involuntary commitment to a mental institution.

Outside of that line, there’s no reason.

This is another attempt by institutional bigwigs who have wormed their way into the higher echelons of education to use their positions to affect political policy.

If your physician asks you if you have a firearm, feel free to decline to answer. There’s no obligation to do so and, as demonstrated above, there are quite a few more likely causes of death on the horizon than your gun. If anything, your gun is your prescription to prevent homicide.

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David Nelson

Doctors are viewed as a position of authority so many answer the question and then get a lecture and try to “defend” themselves. In my younger years pediatricians starting asking about gun ownership. I would simply inform the pediatrician such a line of questioning is outside of medical needs of my children. She did give me a hyper- anti gun pamphlet to take home.

Credit to the doctor though, she also asked about alcohol, wearing seat belts and even about helmets for skateboarding, bike riding and in our case horse riding. The difference is she was not advising me to not drink, own a car, bike or ride horses. In my case, I knew more about all those things than the doctor. She was advising against ANY gun ownership. If I recall correctly the pamphlet said “If you absolutely feel you must own a gun…” or something of that nature. Well then why don’t you tell me “If you absolutely feel you must own a car…”

The problem is you do have idiots that do not secure their weapons. “My child would never…” Forget it, most will. Guns, alcohol, sex. When dealing with children of all ages I believe education is key, but I am also going to prevent them from being able to access a firearm, alcohol and sex until an appropriate age. The last one the hardest as they get older.. 21 for alcohol, never for sex, but gun access comes not at a given age but when the child has been properly trained and access is limited for a proven emergency only.

My children had/have access to guns young in life, but in a way that I knew if they had handled, touched, or taken them. Kids are at home alone often and have every right to defend themselves. But then again, my 13 year old daughter has a ton more training and exercise with a firearm than most adults who concealed carry. That’s a subject for another time.


Accidents and murders are not health issues. Diseases are health issues. The liberals are only out to harass gun owners.


There are no liberals, there are no conservatives, snap out of it.
It’s a tyrannical mafia called – Government. They work together under the Federal Union flag.


Firearm safety certification was MANDATORY for our children.


I’d say, who asked you to ask me–the Obammunist and his commie ilk? Ask the doc if he cheats on his wife.

David Nelson

That is the best response I have ever heard. I hope I get the opportunity to use it.


How about… “Doctor, do you want me to go see a lawyer the next time I break my arm?”


I just say ‘No’.


^^^Exactly what you should do.^^^


I think more people die from doctors mistakes than guns.


That is a proven fact.


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Doctors negligently kill 1 in 10 patients that are not family or friends.
Everyone should be involved in stopping this because you could be next.

Firearm owners negligently kill 1 in 10,000 people that are themselves, family or friends.

Nobody needs to be involved in this, because there is little chance you could be next and you can have a decisive voice in said negligence, if you’re in that family-friends circle.

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Don’t decline to answer — Just lie and say NO.


^^^Best answer yet.^^^


Agreed. If you decline to answer in some yes/no fashion, Doc may interpret that as a yes and record that you declined but she/he believes that is a yes. So it would still be processed as a yes wherever he/she sends that information. It’s WHY I say No.


You’re right, it’s another form of making a registry in places where such is not legal.


How about “it’s none of your business.”


MD: “Do you have any guns at home?”
ME: “Why do you ask? Do I seem suicidal or murderous to you?”
MD: “No, but it’s important that–”
ME: “When’s the last time you had sex, doc? Did it hurt? Is your partner a moaner or a screamer?”
MD: “That none of your business!”
ME: “Bingo.”


With all due respect, Doctor…or Psych person…or Social Worker…or Nurse…


Our doc’s husband has a CCW…she knows we carry and she approves…

What I object to are the incessant “are you feeling depressed” or other inane questions they are forced to ask.

Dave Harris

What’s the legal punishment for lying? It seems pretty commonplace today. Nobody says anything about the 16000+ deaths a year from over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. I think mattcoul said it best.


Heart and lung disease are tops, nobody is addressing Industrial Pollution, Food Industry Toxins or Monsanto. Children damaged by vaccines has risen from 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 50. Nobody is alarmed by a schedule of 20 vaccines by the time kids reach 10yo., nobody is addressing the A.M.A. & C.D.C..comment image


So they don’t even account for crimes and criminals. This is a comedy show.
“Guns are bad Mkay ? The halfbreed ‘gunman’ is around the corner, be scared.”comment image


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Zebra Dun

Answer, 2d,4th and 5th amendments and let him figure it out that’s what I do. If he doesn’t like it get a new Doctor.


It is none of their damn business.