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Do you have a gun in the house?

Discussion in 'Political Issues' started by Vic777, May 5, 2012.

  1. Vic777


    Jan 23, 2006
    From an e-mail I received

    What you permit , you promote...Received this from a friend and wanted to pass it along.

    When I had my gangrene gallbladder taken out and spent 10 days in the hospital for what should have been an overnight stay the insurance company kicked me out. I had home nurse visits for two weeks and was asked if I had guns in the house. I respond that if I did I would not tell them. So the below has some merit.

    FYI, I am passing this along...there are comments from two other people. I have also been asked if we keep guns in the house. The nurse just kinda slipped it in along with all the other regular questions. I told her I refused to answer because it was against the law to ask.
    Everyone, whether you have guns or not, should give a neutral answer so they have no idea who does and who doesn't.

    My doctor asked me if I had guns in my house and also if any were loaded. I, of course, answered yes to both questions. Then he asked why I kept a loaded gun close to my bed. I answered that my son, who is a certified gun instructor and also works for Homeland Security, advised me that an unloaded, locked up gun is no protection against criminal attack.

    The Government now requires these questions be asked of people on Medicare, and probably everyone else.

    Just passing this along for your information: I had to visit a doctor other than my regular doctor when my doctor was on vacation.. One of the questions on the form I had to fill out was: Do you have any guns in your house?? My answer was None of your damn business!!
    So it is out there! It is either an insurance issue or government intervention. Either way, it is out there and the second the government gets into your medical records (as they want to under Obamacare) it will become a major issue and will ultimately result in lock and load!!

    Please pass this on to all the other retired guys and gun owners...Thanks, from a Vietnam Vet and retired Police Officer: I had a doctors appointment at the local VA clinic yesterday and found out something very interesting that I would like to pass along. While going through triage before seeing the doctor, I was asked at the end of the exam, three questions:1. Did I feel stressed? 2. Did I feel threatened? 3. Did I feel like doing harm to someone?
    The nurse then informed me, that if I had answered yes to any of the questions, I would have lost my concealed carry permit as it would have gone into my medical records and the VA would have reported it to Homeland Security.
    Looks like they are going after the vets first. Other gun people like retired law enforcement will probably be next. Then when they go after the civilians, what argument will they have? Be forewarned and be aware. The Obama administration has gone on record as considering veterans and gun owners potential terrorists. Whether you are a gun owner, veteran or not, YOU’VE BEEN WARNED !
    If you know veterans and gun owners, please pass this on to them. Be very cautious about what you say and to whom.
  2. Agonizer

    Agonizer .

    Feb 3, 2007
    When asked, just say no. Nothing else.

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  3. Guss


    Jul 1, 2010
    Suicide is a major cause of death, and guns are the most favored method. If a doctor is not inquiring about these things, particularly if you are older with a lot of gripes, he is not doing his duty.

    But as for the chain letter you are circulating, you'd best check Snopes before you relay the next one. There's a lot of baloney in there.
  4. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Thumper

    Aug 28, 2008
    Fort Worth Texas
    I make regular visits to the Dallas VA hospital and I've never been asked about guns in my home.

    If ever asked, I'll just say no and leave it at that.

    By refusing to answer or making a big deal of it, you're just drawing attention to yourself.

    It's NOT illegal for them to ask you any question they want to.

    I too question the "validity" of that letter.
  5. pipedreams

    pipedreams Member

    Feb 19, 2011
    S. E. Iowa
    I agree, don't draw attention to yourself.
  6. aircarver

    aircarver Ride Continues Silver Member

    If it's not illegal for them to ask, it's not illegal to lie ... :supergrin:

  7. The Machinist

    The Machinist No Compromise

    Sep 20, 2009
    The Left Coast
    Back in 2010, after a bout with endocarditis, I had a cute nurse come to my house once a week to tend to the PICC line I had in my arm. A shame she was already married, but I digress.

    Anyway, we got to talking about guns, and I showed off a few of my favorites, and my reloading setup. She regaled me with shooting range stories of her and her husband showing no mercy on those paper targets. :supergrin:

    I'm not sure when the "be hostile to guns" policy came into effect, but I doubt she would have ever bothered to ask. :cool:
  8. It should be noted that while firearms may be the most favored method for committing suicide. According to the NIH among women, poising is the favored method rather than firearms.

    Firearms - Males: 56% - Females: 30%
    Suffocation - Males: 24% - Females: 21%
    Poisoning - Males: 13% - Females: 40%

    If a doctor suspects his/her patient is suicidal they should ask questions, including if one has access to firearms, to help flesh out their diagnosis.

    For some reason people believe emails they get from others without checking on Snopes or first. All to often we have people who rush in to firearm forums and start an; “ZOMG look what I got in my email, they are coming for our guns!!!!“ thread. The IRS will tax guns (Handgun Safety and Registration Act) chain email is a perfect example. Even though it’s been toughly debunked it still gets posted from time to time.
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  9. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

    Feb 22, 2005
    Republic of Texas
    Guns are not the most favored method. They are a particularly effective method though. But so is jumping from a height of 100 feet or more onto pavement. This was twisted by the AMA, a very liberal organization, to claim that firearms in the house are a risk factor for suicide. I don't know about you, but I've never become despondent when looking at the guns in my house.

    Now, one of the groups of patients I take care of regularly are cirrhotics. As that particular disease progresses, hepatic encephalopathy occurs. The brain does not function well in that situation, and decision making suffers. I have asked about guns in that situation, and recommended that the patient understand that they are no longer physically able to handle them, and that their wife, son, daughter etc. should be the one charged with defending the home. If the patient accidentally shot one of his loved ones, it would be a tragedy for him, and once I explain that he may not know he is mentally impaired, and could easily do something terribly tragic if he insists on still having access to firearms. It's still his choice, but I tell him that I am documenting that conversation in detail in his record.

    If I was ever mandated to ask if patients had guns in the home on a routine basis, I would comply. I have to keep my job. But for the ones that didn't, I'd inquire about how much experience they had with firearms and suggest appropriate guns and calibers to consider once they finally decided that it would be a good idea to have one. I can recommend several gun safety and home protection instructors too.

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  10. Natty


    Jan 28, 2006
    Mistakes by medical professionals kill more people than guns in the US every year.
  11. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Thumper

    Aug 28, 2008
    Fort Worth Texas

    If that's true, then they should be asking if you have a doctor in your house.


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  12. Naelbis


    Oct 22, 2009
    I've never been asked if I have guns in my house...I have been asked if i feel safe though or if I feel like people want to harm me.
  13. Vic777


    Jan 23, 2006
    Drunk Driving is far and away the most popular method for suicide in the USA, and even more so in Nations without guns.
  14. Marcus71


    Sep 18, 2011
    Western Wisconsin
  15. Vic777


    Jan 23, 2006
    It's good to be prepared, to know what lie to tell when Obama's Private Army comes to the door. Expect them any time after Nov 06, if he steals the election.
  16. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

    Feb 22, 2005
    Republic of Texas
    Tobacco. The Native Americans paid us back for those small pox blankets.

    Cancers: Bladder, lung, colon, esophageal, larynx, other head and neck structures including the gums and the tongue.
    Diseases that cause death: Emphysema, Chronic bronchitis, Heart disease, stroke, other forms of COPD.

    If I get 350 miles away from Mrs. Cavalry Doc, I'm allowed to smoke, otherwise, I catch hell. It's a small price to pay to make a pretty woman happy. :whistling:
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  17. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

    Feb 22, 2005
    Republic of Texas
    I can tell you it is a prominent part of a suicide assessment.

    The AMA is also in favor of asking. That part of it is not a hoax.

    It actually looks like they are against restrictions that stop them from harassing patients, entering unnecessary information into their medical records, and want to discriminate against gun owning patients.

    Oh, and notice this is from the AMA's web site, not GOA.
  18. Cavalry Doc

    Cavalry Doc MAJ (USA Ret.)

    Feb 22, 2005
    Republic of Texas
    Just like all statistics, they can say anything you want them too.

    If a patient dies, is it always someone's fault? Not trying to play "gotcha", so I'll let you know a secret no one wants to talk about. All patients die eventually. Every single one.
    It's like some sort of a rule or something. Even if you receive the highest quality health care, and every decision is based on strongly supported evidence based information, you are going to die. Get ready for it. :wavey:


    Here's a funny article on it, that just happens to be spot on.,1670/

  19. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

    May 24, 2000
    No, I don't have "A" gun in my house........:whistling:
  20. smokin762


    Apr 19, 2009