So now President Obama is turning doctors into roving interrogators who pry into the lives of their patients--so much for privacy. Today's White House backgrounder
provided to reporters at the president's afternoon gun control announcement, included directives to "[p]reserve the rights of health care providers to protect their patients and communities from gun violence." The Administration aims to "[p]rotect the rights of health care providers to talk to their patients about gun safety." Most creepy is the conclusion that doctors and other health professionals "need to be able to ask about firearms in their patients’ homes and safe storage of those firearms, especially if their patients show signs of certain mental illnesses or if they have a young child or mentally ill family member at home." Notice the language "especially if." So you could be perfectly healthy, just going for a routine checkup, and your doctor will be within his right to ask about your guns? This certainly sounds like we are creating a nation of snitches, spies, and basically gives doctors authority to interrogate law-abiding individuals exercising their constitutional right to bear arms. What if the doctor himself has mental issues or an axe to grind against a patient? If someone in your home is depressed and on medication, does this mean you will be encouraged (or later forced) to give up your guns? To where does the doctor "report" his concerns or findings? Local authorities? The feds? This is all nanny statism of the worst order. Doctors should stick to the practice of medicine. If they are mental health providers, that's one thing, but why should, let's say, your regular internist or dermatologist ask about guns in your home? Doctors are already leaving the profession in droves due to the extra burdens in Obamacare. Apparently President Obama is unconcerned about alienating even more of them (and their patients) with this silly edict.