Wednesday, 8 June 2011

  • The latest version of the bill (29 April) on the Florida House website says  "a health care provider or health care facility that in good faith believes that this information is relevant to the patient's medical care or safety, or safety or others, may make such a verbal or written inquiry."
         The language that prevented "inquiries made due to a person's general belief that firearms or ammunition are harmful to health or safety."  (in the 9 March version) was specifically removed.
              Hence the bill is not overly onerous and any patient may be asked, though the doctor or nurse asking may have to explain why they asked the question if they are reported.   Nor is a prohibition on what a person may be asked a violation of free speech per se.  Job interviewers are prohibited from asking many things, including religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy plans, etc.

    Still, you are at least 10 times more likely to be killed by a fellow American gun owner than you are by a terrorist..  (Of course, you are even more likely to be killed by your doctor than by a gun owner, but let's not go there.)

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