“SCREENING” FOR FIREARMS?
by I.M. Kane, ©2019, blogging at The Millstone Diaries
A Democrat-led legislature in Massachusetts intends to pass legislation (H 2005) that would force doctors in the state to identify patients who have guns in their homes, and to target them for gun confiscation under the state’s “Red Flag” statute.
“In the midst of a Democrat-led, multi-state assault on the right to keep and bear arms comes this. A Massachusetts politician has proposed a bill to mandate that doctors in the state “screen” patients for gun ownership, and then report owners to the state for possible targeting by red flag statues.” — Gardner Goldsmith, MRC TV
Democrat Representative Jon Santiago’s proposed legislation calls for the state public health commissioner to “promulgate regulations establishing (1) the means by which and the intervals at which patients shall be screened for the presence of firearms in the home and (2) guidelines for safety counseling for individuals that screen positive for the presence of firearms in the home.”
The Boston lawmaker’s proposed bill empowers doctors to treat gun ownership like a disease and gun violence as a public health concern.
“We know that gun safety is a public health issue. As such, doctors are uniquely positioned to help prevent gun-related injury and death.” — Marty Martinez, Boston Health and Human Services Chief
Santiago’s bill systematically screens “all patients for the presence of firearms in the home.” Santiago and his colleagues run rough-shod over that fact that Massachusetts gun owners have the God-given right as pointed out in the Second Amendment to “screen positive for the presence of firearms.”
“Simply put, not only the bill, but the terminology used shows the disdain for simply exercising our civil rights in the Commonwealth.” — Gun Owners Action League, website post
Although some community health centers in the state already question patients about gun ownership and guns in the home, Massachusetts does not have a formal firearm screening program and the state guidelines to implement it.
“Many doctors have already adopted the kind of intervention we’re discussing today as best practice. This bill would simply make that practice universal amongst all medical professionals.” Jennifer Lo, Medical Director, Boston Public Health Commission
Currently no other state has similar policies in place to implement a gun-question screening program, and no details have been provided explaining just how the newly proposed screening program would work.
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