App matches patients with 2nd Amendment supporting doctors

There’s been a great deal of talk lately about whether doctors in the United States should be asking patients questions about gun ownership, a practice that began getting attention around the time the Obama administration was working to declare the firearm ownership a public health crisis. If you want to make sure your doctor sticks to actual health-related topics, this app could be for you.

Bob Livingston wrote about the problem of doctors asking questions about gun ownership back in 2013:

Just because your physician asks a question doesn’t mean you have to answer.

Some questions doctors ask, either through their patient questionnaires or during examination, relate to whether there are unsecured guns in the home or about domestic partners and violence. The question about guns was introduced in the Affordable Healthcare Act, aka Obamacare. The question about domestic violence — which typically asks whether the patient is in a relationship in which he or she has been physically hurt by or is afraid of his or her partner — was introduced by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Answering affirmative to either of these questions could lead to gun confiscation, as is going on now in New York. That State has seen government functionaries rifling through patient medical records and comparing them with gun purchase or concealed carry permit records. Guns are then being confiscated under the State’s draconian gun laws.

But while the physicians have been given leeway to ask, remember you can decline to answer or tell the physician it’s none of his business. That holds true for any question the doctor asks that seems inappropriate. If your doctor pushes, find another.

If you’re interested in avoiding the questions altogether, check out

The website, run by Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, is dedicated to matching gun-owning patients with healthcare providers who support the right of all Americans to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights unmolested.

As DRGO notes on the website:

Patients want to trust their provider to not make mistakes and to not lie to them. Unfortunately, when it comes to guns, medical organizations have not been living up to that expectation. Medical associations have been insinuating an anti-gun political agenda into the patient-doctor relationship for decades. Patients are routinely being asked about gun ownership. Worse, many physicians commit boundary violations by pressing anti-gun messages on patients.

Frankly, medicine has an institutional bias against guns. To counter this, DRGO has launched, a referral service that will connect patients with healthcare providers who respect their second amendment rights and who won’t engage in anti-gun activism in the patient exam room.

So what exactly does the service do? Here’s a breakdown:

What will do?

Free of charge to provider and patient, the service will provide, upon request, contact information for providers (in a requested specialty and location) who have signed up for the directory.

Who can/should sign up with

All healthcare providers – allopathic physicians, osteopathic physicians, dentists, chiropractors, psychotherapists, psychologists, counselors, optometrists, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, etc – who respect their patients’s right to privacy and to keep and bear arms are encouraged to sign up.

What benefit does bring?

The service will allow patients to find healthcare providers who won’t badger them or penalize them for owning firearms.
The service will allow providers to add patients to their practice.

What will not do?

The directory will not be published online or anywhere else.

The service will not verify provider credentials and licensing.

The service will not screen potential patients in any manner.

Learn more. 

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