Tell The NRA: Stay Out of Our Doctor's Offices
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This year, gun deaths are set to surpass car accidents as the leading cause of death of young people for the first time ever. But even so, the gun lobby claims that gun violence isn't a public health issue — and they're going so far as to push legislation to make it illegal for doctors and pediatricians to ask their patients about gun ownership.
It's a doctor's duty to ask questions about things that affect their patients' health and well-being. That's why the medical community considers talking to parents about safe firearm storage just as important as discussing the risks associated with swimming pools, second-hand smoking, and riding without car seats or seat belts.
NRA-backed bills have been introduced all over the country to punish pediatricians who ask parents whether they have guns in their homes and to prohibit doctors from recording this information in medical files. The American Medical Association, the country’s biggest association of physicians, has come out against these “gag order” laws because research has shown that parents who talk about gun storage with their children’s pediatricians are more likely to adopt safe and responsible gun storage practices.
Keep the NRA out of doctor's offices. Sign the petition and ask your governor to allow pediatricians to have life-saving conversations with parents about safe gun storage.
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