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Program Can Help Doctors, Patients Discuss Gun Safety

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A program will provide guidance to Massachusetts doctors who want to discuss gun safety with their patients.

Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey and the Massachusetts Medical Society announced a partnership Monday to create brochures and a voluntary online training program for doctors to help prevent gun-related accidents and violence.

The material is being developed after physicians and other health care professionals complained about a lack of information available for discussions with patients about firearms safety.

Healey said in a statement that most gun owners are responsible and safety-conscious, but conversations between doctors and patients can help prevent gun-related deaths and injuries.

“We have heard from health care providers who’ve told us that they want to talk to their patients about gun safety, in the same way they talk to their patients about seat belts, vaccinations, and use of tobacco and alcohol. This is about saving lives. This is about preventing needless injury and death,” the attorney general told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz.

Healey last year announced a crackdown on so-called “copycat” assault weapons being sold in the state. The Massachusetts Gun Owners Action League is fighting the crackdown in court.

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WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

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  1. All legal firearms owners in Massachusetts have taken a state-required safety course and received a certificate from the State Police. They have also passed a State Police background check, a mental health inquiry, and been approved by both their local chief of police and a state board. When a person purchases a firearm from a dealer in Massachusetts, they receive legally mandated instructions specific to that firearm (safe unloading procedure, and accuracy based on barrel length) as well as a letter about suicide prevention.

    There is no lack of safety information for gun owners; quite the opposite. That might be worth mentioning in future articles, rather than taking the words of the activist AG as gospel.

    This is asinine. It’s a waste of tax payer money; just another way for AG Healey to harass lawful firearm owners. She has made it abundantly clear that she is ignorant of the laws on the books, and has targeted lawful gun owners to address problems that simply don’t exist (or are statistically insignificant) – crimes committed with legally owned firearms, and injuries resulting from them.

    A doctor has no more business discussing firearms with a patient than they do kitchen knives, cars, range-top ovens, or heavy furniture – all of which are tools just like firearms, and all of which more likely to cause injury or death to the operator. Any comparison of gun ownership to smoking cigarettes, using alcohol or abusing drugs is intentionally deceptive and utterly inaccurate – activists trying to imply a “wrongness” or “badness” to a safe, common practice.

    1. Ther republican congress just made it legal for people declared mentally unfit to buy guns,

      Completely stupid!

  2. Their pamphlet forgot to mention the most important three “Always” rules of Gun Safety, they also forgot other basics – wear eye & ear protection, wash your hands after shooting to remove lead dust. These guys get a D- on their “gun safety” brochures – Art O’L

  3. Anyone with a FID has been thoroughly checked out by federal, state, and local authorities. A doctor has no business discussing (or even mentioning) firearms with a patient. This is a matter for law enforcement. A gun owner has already had his 2A right infringed upon in the state of Massachusetts by the absurd regulation in effect and by the over-reach of a rogue AG. Also, the CDC needs to keep its nose where it belongs–legitimate medical issues–and not working to undermine citizens rights.

  4. Laughable. Absurd in the extreme. Like “Dimples the Anti-2A Tyrant” cares a hoot about the legal, responsible, licensed gun owners in this pathetic anti-Constitutional state. She made us all into instant, retroactive felons-in-waiting. That tells you all you need to know about how much she cares about us.

  5. Before doctors start sticking their noses into firearms safety, they need to clean up their own house first. Pretty hypocritical to think they are going to tell the patients how to be safe when medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of deaths!

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2016/05/03/researchers-medical-errors-now-third-leading-cause-of-death-in-united-states/?utm_term=.bd4ba3d6075a

    Researchers: Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States

    The Washington Post

    A new study by patient safety researchers shows common medical errors may be the third leading cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer. (Deirdra O’Regan/The Washington Post)…

    Nightmare stories of nurses giving potent drugs meant for one patient to another and surgeons removing the wrong body parts have dominated recent headlines about medical care. Lest you assume those cases are the exceptions, a new study by patient-safety researchers provides some context.

    Their analysis, published in the BMJ on Tuesday, shows that “medical errors” in hospitals and other health-care facilities are incredibly common and may now be the third-leading cause of death in the United States — claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.

    Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led the research, said in an interview that the category includes everything from bad doctors to more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another.

    “It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care,” Makary said…

    … Frederick van Pelt, a doctor who works for the Chartis Group, a health-care consultancy, said another element of harm that is often overlooked is the number of severe patient injuries resulting from medical error.

    “Some estimates would put this number at 40 times the death rate,” van Pelt said. “Again, this gets buried in the daily exposure that care providers have around patients who are suffering or in pain that is to be expected following procedures.”

  6. Ther republican congress just made it legal for people declared mentally unfit to buy guns, The cons just went full special.

    The republicans are freaking idiots with the common sense of a snake.

  7. Yeah Mitch, they had to include the democrats, didn’t want to appear partisan in any way….

  8. what more training do medical people have relative to gun safety than a licensed gun owner already has? It’s Nanny-stating again.

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