From eating habits to sexual activity, doctors ask their patients all types of questions to assess behavior that could create long-term health risks. But now a federal ruling has upheld Florida's Firearm Owners' Privacy Act, officially taking gun-related questions off the table and drawing criticism from doctors and even a few gun owners, too.
Susan Leigh Borgesi, a gun owner and mother of two, told HuffPost Live on Monday that the law had gone “too far.”
“I don't feel like the legislature should step in and tell a doctor and his or her patient what they should be discussing, particularly when it comes to owning guns,” she told host Nancy Redd. “It certainly is a health risk to have a gun in the home, especially if you may have, perhaps, domestic violence in the home [or] a suicidal person in the home. It is definitely something that a doctor should be able to talk to their patients about.”
Borgesi suggested that much of the support for the “docs vs. glocks” ruling could be the result of misinformation.
“There’s a lot of fear-mongering going on out there because people ... have been taught that one particular party over another political party might want to take guns away from all Americans, which I don’t find to be realistic,” she said.
Despite the scare tactics, Borgesi explained why she doesn’t feel that her second amendment rights are at risk.
“Just because we’re talking about gun safety and responsible gun ownership, we’re not talking about taking away your rights,” she said. “We’re just talking about being responsible with the power that comes with owning a gun.”
Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation here.
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