The Right to Bear Arms
January 4, 2011
Doctor's Asking About Guns in the Home
Recently the discussion on the radio was about pediatricians asking parents about firearms in the household. I found an article with basic pros and cons to this subject. Law are put into place to keep the public safe, but sometimes those law start to step on the toes of Americans’ rights. Is it really necessary for my pediatrician to ask me about my gun collection or if I even have one? The Second Amendment is a powerful one, but people are making it difficult for any ordinary citizen to enjoy this right.
According to (Constitution.org, 10/1), the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights says, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” (Constitution.org, 11/2) says “The militia, when properly formed, is in fact the people themselves….all men capable of bearing arms.” The Second Amendment was ultimately formed so that the government cannot become too strong and overpower the people. This means anyone in America has the right to bear arms. Now I understand the need to put some regulation on this right for obvious reasons. But what I do not understand is what having a gun has to do with my children’s well baby check-ups.
When reading this article Kids and Guns: Why Doctors Have a Right to Know, it say how a pediatrician told the mother of his patient the if she did not provide the information about whether or not she had any guns in the house, she was going to have to find a new pediatrician (Cohen, 09/1). It goes on to say that the government is not trying to interfere with people’s right to use and own guns, it is about doctors asking because they have good medical reason to ask. I pose the question, what constitutes a...