Doctors Asking About Firearms In Home

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Doctors Asking About Firearms In Home

Post by masblackbelt » Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:30 am

So I went to the pediatrician with my wife and newborn baby girl this week, and was a bit irritated when they asked if there were guns in the home. It took me a bit by surprise, and with my wife and baby girl there I answered honestly. Looking back on the situation, I think I should have refused to answer, or maybe told a white lie. Now don't get me wrong, I don't condone lying, but this is absolutely none of their business and is not relevant to anything a pediatrician is to be doing. My question is, have you run into this before? What did you do? Should I feel worried that I left a breadcrumb of documentation (Because I am a little...)? Do you think this ever bites people in the...butt?
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Re: Doctors Asking About Firearms In Home

Post by dowser » Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:48 am

The best reply is "None of your business".

Or, "No, not in my home - my firearm is right here on my belt under my shirt. Where may I safely store it when I disrobe for the exam?"

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Re: Doctors Asking About Firearms In Home

Post by plant.one » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:11 am

dowser wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 10:48 am
The best reply is "None of your business".
this should be the only answer. it is the only safe answer.

i do talk about guns with one of my doctors, but he's a gun guy and always showing off or talking about new firearms he may have acquired. different scenario though :)
Or, "No, not in my home - my firearm is right here on my belt under my shirt. Where may I safely store it when I disrobe for the exam?"
you gotta be careful about stuff like that... here in Michigan.. hospitals are on the prohibited list for carrying.

pulling a stunt like that would trigger....

a) end up with your firearm being confiscated - immediately
b) cost you a $500 fine
c) cost you a 6 month suspension of your CPL

and thats only for the first offense. its get progressively worse, with the 3rd or worse violations involving a felony with up to 4 years in jail and $5000 fine, not to mention the probably $10k you're gonna pay in legal bills.



likewise under michigan law firearms are prohibited in a "child care facility" which your pediatrician could easily qualify as. and you damn well better know your doctors office's offical policy on firearms before you say some dumb shit like that or at the very least you're going to be escorted off the property and likely banned from setting foot in there again.
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Re: Doctors Asking About Firearms In Home

Post by rebel » Tue Oct 22, 2019 11:52 am

My only experience with this is my personnel family Dr. First was I feeling any anxiety, depression, ect. Question 2 was did I own any firearms in which we both horse laughed ( he is a hunter also ) and then replied "Nope, not a damn one."
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Re: Doctors Asking About Firearms In Home

Post by masblackbelt » Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:42 pm

Rebel, I think you are lucky with your doctor. This was the first time I'd been there, but my guess is that had we been seeing the doctor instead of a nurse practitioner, we would have been okay. The doctor apparently likes to do some African dangerous game hunting. He has a taxidermy elephant, lion, and water buffalo in the lobby. Also has some North American big game, but that wasn't as interesting to me. Probably one of the coolest business buildings I've been in. Maybe I shouldn't be so bothered by it, but I don't think they should pry into your life like that. That is a pretty personal question I believe.
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Re: Doctors Asking About Firearms In Home

Post by bangbangping » Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:10 pm

masblackbelt wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:42 pm
That is a pretty personal question I believe.
It is.

I like to keep a small repertoire of personal question on tap that are (in)appropriate for men, women, or either. An inappropriate question about firearm ownership from a stranger may be answered with a question about, say, the person's sex life or bathroom habits. Or even something simple like asking for their phone number. It helps drive home the point you'd like to make about personal questions, and is much more fun than saying "None of your business."

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Re: Doctors Asking About Firearms In Home

Post by masblackbelt » Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:17 pm

Hahaha, I bet that shocks more than a few people. I like that idea! Had my wife not been there, my answer might have been different, but I wasn't exactly sure what or if she was going to say anything.
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Re: Doctors Asking About Firearms In Home

Post by rebel » Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:30 pm

bangbangping wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:10 pm
masblackbelt wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:42 pm
That is a pretty personal question I believe.
It is.

I like to keep a small repertoire of personal question on tap that are (in)appropriate for men, women, or either. An inappropriate question about firearm ownership from a stranger may be answered with a question about, say, the person's sex life or bathroom habits. Or even something simple like asking for their phone number. It helps drive home the point you'd like to make about personal questions, and is much more fun than saying "None of your business."
Yeah Bang I hear you. I like being spontaneously random. Example - "Do you have any firearms in your home?" Rebel gives this serious thought and answers - " Extra sharp cheddar."" No Mr. Rebel I don't believe you understood the question...... " Asks it again. "Oh I apologize Dr. Nosy ass, If you have to know my toilet brush has a blue handle-I like Doritos- and I find now that I am over 50 I have less tolerance for ignorance."
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Re: Doctors Asking About Firearms In Home

Post by plant.one » Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:01 pm

masblackbelt wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:17 pm
Hahaha, I bet that shocks more than a few people. I like that idea! Had my wife not been there, my answer might have been different, but I wasn't exactly sure what or if she was going to say anything.
at this point, it might be well served to have a conversation with your wife about the approiate answer to that - and any other non medical - subject.

that way no matter who's in the waiting room and getting questioned you both will give the same "correct" answers.

a little choir practice goes a long way to make sure everyone is singing from the same sheet of music :)
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Re: Doctors Asking About Firearms In Home

Post by masblackbelt » Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:14 pm

plant.one wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 3:01 pm
masblackbelt wrote:
Tue Oct 22, 2019 1:17 pm
a little choir practice goes a long way to make sure everyone is singing from the same sheet of music
I think there is a lot of wisdom in this statement... I guess we'll just have to "sell" that darn gun since the last answer. Babies are expesnive, ya know?
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