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January 18th, 2011
09:51 PM ET

Kids, Guns & Politics: Join the Live Chat

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Child safety experts say doctors should ask kids and their parents about whether they have a gun in the house. So why do some Florida state lawmakers want to throw doctors in jail for doing just that? We're Keeping Them Honest. Plus, tonight's other headlines.

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  1. Todd

    Sorry Anderson but why would anyone think its a Peds job to ask a family about firearms??? Frankly its none of their business... The Peds should just worry about getting sick kids well and getting kids immunized. Peds should absolutely not have the right to ask ANYTHING about a gun in a family household much less refuse to provide care to a child based on the parents answering the question. This is an absurd argument.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  2. Todd

    Gun safety in the home is a real issue but, doctor's have no right to ask these types of questions. It is a parent's right!

    January 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  3. Helen

    Doctors do have a right to ask the parent if there is guns in home. The doctors want to know if the child is okay, is safe, and is in an safe environment.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  4. Sue R. Canton MI.

    @ Heather,,,I agree with your comment.It is a waste of more time and money that our Government doesn't have. I feel it's a violation of privacy and it's not up to a Dr. to supervise what goes on in their patients home. It's up to the parents to protect their children and to keep them safe.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  5. niwat kurusattra, chicago

    It seems irrelevant for a physician to refuse a treatment for a patient based on firearm inquiry. ( this law should be about service discrimating then ) The case in the bill is too specific to generalize into a law.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  6. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Unfortunately there are parents who are not smart enough to educate themselves on guns before they become owners, so what makes this represenattive think that they are going to educate their kids?

    January 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Kaytee

    I agree Molly. This should definitely be on the "Ridiulist".

    January 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  8. Robin

    It's insane that a politician would disagree with a doctor providing education on hand guns in homes with young children. The recent trauma in tuscon proves that we can do more to educate and prevent senseless deaths.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  9. jessie jackson

    Pretty soon you won't be able to hang curtains in your home because no one will be able to see what is going on within your castle.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  10. Andrew

    It's very simple. Abolish the right to bear arms!
    It makes sense in the past history during war time. Why now? Why let guns get in the hands of people that are not in the right state of mind.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  11. Andrew, Canada

    Being from Canada my doctor is about as much a stranger to me (darn near impossible to get in to see them here) as any other schmuck so I can understand not wanting to tell my doctor about whether I have a firearm but they should be more than welcome to discuss gun safety. Just don't ask, instead start the conversation with "If you have firearms in the house, this my advice..."

    Seems like a non-issue to me.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  12. Len

    I don't agree with the bill. However, what you read on air does not prohibit discussion.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  13. Jaime

    How can you tell exactly what the bill says...When Anderson read it, I thought "is that in english?"

    January 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  14. Carrie

    Too many young people have guns without any training,I don’t understand that at all!!!!!!

    January 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  15. Janis

    I don't think any doctor would refuse treatment for a child because there were guns in the house. Why would they even want to ask that question except if parents asked about home safety?

    January 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  16. charles

    doctors & firearms ? my doctor is not my child's parent or nanny ... stick to medicine, what I am paying for.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  17. Marsha

    Ok so a law abiding citizen with a permit for a gun will have their health insurance go up if they have a gun in the house with children. But the thugs can have firearms and they will have healthcare thru public assistance. Plus the doctors will have another thing to worry about being sued for if they didn't ask a child if there was a gun in the house and something happened. Makes sense to me.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  18. Kaytee

    A lot of topics pediatricians talk with new mothers about is common sense. But those topics have to be discussed because not all new parents are aware of common sense situations. What one person may think is common sense, another may not even think about until someone like a doctor mentions it. Like toxic items that may be in the home that a new mother many not even think about.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  19. Bill

    Anderson this one seems easy– the people proposing this law say it's a privacy issue. If that's the case, prohibit insurance companies from recording/retaining information about firearms ownerships rather than inhibiting free speech of physicians!

    January 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  20. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    What is up with Louie Gohmert wanting to take firearms into the capital? More craziness?

    January 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  21. molly

    Anderson,
    You selected the wrong person/thing for the "Ridiculist". This bill which has doctors guilty of a felony for asking about guns in the home would have been a better choice for tonight.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  22. jessie jackson

    Is it really any ones business if you have a weapon in your home?

    January 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  23. Lance G

    Okay Republicans, this is getting a bit ridiculous. At this point we are becoming EXTREMELY suspicious of ALL your motives. First of all, who ever said that a doctor would deny your care based on the refusal of a question? Second of all, what is the harm in a question? YOU CAN REFUSE TO ANSWER. I mean it's not like the doctor is holding a gun to your head or anything.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Emily

    @Anthony,
    Are there alot of gun inquiries there and from children who have access to them? Why is this even an issue?

    January 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  25. Lori

    Children deserve to be protected. There is a fine line between disclosure and privacy for sure.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  26. Marguerite

    I see nothing wrong with this, but if you bring a gun into the house/apartment/etc. Then it is up to you to educate each and every person in the house about gun safety.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  27. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Kids don't always know whether there is a gun in the home or not.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm |
  28. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    That's good thing doctors will be safe without guns, to protect themselves, Keep them Honest is very important to do tell people to right thing.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  29. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I don't think it's up to a Doctor to talk about gun's or the safety of them to parents or children. You should know the safety of gun ownership before you become a gun owner.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  30. Sharon Hastings

    Isn't it a safety thing at the core? What's different about this than telling parents to please keep medicines, toxic cleaning things, etc. out of the reach of children.

    I do understand the concern that it would be unprofessional to refuse services especially if services are limited in certain areas.

    But it's all moot because this bill will never pass if for no other reason than the consequences are ridiculous.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  31. Jo Ann, Ohio

    What parents need to do is to find out if the parents of their kids' friends have guns in their homes.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  32. Lori

    Hello Anderson! Hello Everyone!

    January 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Wendy

    I love the irony of America (viewing from Canada). You'll brag about free speech until you're red in the face UNLESS it's a doctor speaking about gun safety. A doctor's job is to help parents keep their kids safe. These lawmakers should spend some time in the emergency room and see the damage guns do – especially to children. This is just NUTS!

    January 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Heather - Spokane, WA

    No doctor is going to refuse to see your child if you do not answer if you own a gun or not. This representative is just wanting to waste more time and money that our government does not have

    January 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, Ohio

    That is just plain common sense! Anyone who doesn't know it is dangerous to have guns and drugs around children doesn't deserve to be a parent.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Kaytee

    So many children are shot accidently, and a lot of times by another child. These safety precautions are sorely needed.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    I see nothing wrong with Pediatricians asking about guns in the home.
    Any responsible parent keeps their guns locked, and put away from any place a child could find them.
    Firearm accidents are a serious problem due to neglect of some parents.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  38. Kaytee

    I like the guidelines and think its great doctors talk with parents about safety precautions. This should not be a problem.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  39. Heather - Spokane, WA

    What is so wrong with doctors asking about your safety? Your health also depends on your safety, so what is wrong with asking. My docto asks me if I wear my seatbelt and how much coffee I drink, should she be fined 5 million dollars too?

    January 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  40. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    I don't want guns in my house or apartment....... That is dangerous for kids to play around guns!

    January 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  41. Sue R. Canton MI.

    Good evening everyone.
    Looking forward to the show tonight.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  42. Anthony

    I live in Florida, and with the amount of guns people have down here, this law is insane. This is no different than doctors asking about other household hazards.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  43. Marguerite

    Good evening Andersona and everyone.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  44. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    Good evening Anderson & Team 360.

    Hello, Nichole, Nancy, Megan, Emily, JoAnn, Mike Nina, Samantha, Sharon, Heather.....everyone,

    January 18, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  45. Emily

    Good evening Anderson, Isha, 360°Team, Jo Ann, Mike, Megan, Nancy, Nicole, Gloria, Casey, Starr, Nina & Bloggers.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  46. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and everyone. I can't wait to hear about this Florida guns and kids story. I live in Florida and haven't heard about this conflict.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  47. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Helloooo Anderson, Megan, Isha, Jane, Martina, Nicole, Kim, Emily, Gloria, Mike, Casey, Milan, Vivan, Gabriela, Cessy, Paula, Isabel, David-Indiana, JoAnn, Monica, Kathy, Jane, Gayle, Renee, Caroline, (Danie), Lori, (Adelaide), Heather, BettyAnn, Starr, Sharon, A. Smith, Devin, Karin, Dulcie, Michael, Karen, Miranda, Sree, Nancy, Sue, Kenya, Libby, Nina, Samantha, others and my friend Facebook Bloggers!!!!
    Happy Tuesday night! 🙂

    January 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Paula, Colorado

    Anderson,
    Hi! It's great to see you on. Sounds like an interesting program tonight, though guns are not a comfortable subject.

    January 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone! Greetings!

    January 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone

    January 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
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