January 27, 2023

Why Can't People Mind Their Own Business?

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The Virginia Legislature killed a bill that would stop doctors from asking their patients about guns in the home. Doctors say they talk with their patients about many things, especially children, when it comes to the overall safety, health and well being. They discuss locking the medicine cabinet, wearing a helmet while riding on a bicycle and whether they have access to guns.

Those who oppose doctors asking these questions say it is an infringement on their privacy.

First of all, who cares? I am my own self. I choose who I go see for a doctor. If I don’t like the doctor asking what I might consider private issue questions, I’ll not give him the answers. If it becomes a problem beyond that, there are more doctors to choose from. If my children are seeing a doctor, as a parent, I will always be with the doctor and my child. The same rules quoted above will apply.
I am not a doctor and therefore I can’t come up with any real good reasons why I would be asking anybody whether they had access to guns, unless they were an extreme mental case. The same applys with wearing helmets or locking the medicine cabinet. Is that somewhere in the hippocratic oath that doctors swear to ask personal probing questions that really don’t pertain to the administration of medicine?

In Virginia, the bill began because someone thought doctors shouldn’t be allowed to ask these questions. As I said before, if you don’t like it move on. Too many Americans are caught up in running everybody else’s lives – including doctors.

Thankfully, the Virginia Legislature saw fit to kill this ridiculous bill. People need to be assertive and take control of their own healthcare issues and doctors should mind their own business. We should all stop trying to make laws forcing people to do things simply because we don’t like them.

Chalk up a victory for the Virginia Legislature.

Tom Remington