Pediatricians praise president's gun control proposal
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -
It seems like everyone has something to say about President Obama's gun control proposal, even doctors and pediatricians.
The American Association for Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement on their website applauding the president's efforts and for considering their recommendations, especially when it came to allowing doctors to ask patients if there is a gun in their home.
"Among other proposals, the President took action to direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other agencies to research the causes and prevention of gun violence and to clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors from asking their patients about guns in the home," says the AAP's statement in part.
President Obama said during his gun control address on Wednesday that doctors can tell patients and their guardians how to safely store the gun, especially if either is mentally ill.
The AAP says they're glad the president is on the same page with them about accessible mental health access and gun control – because they say the two go hand-in-hand. They say doctors, even pediatricians they say, can help reduce the destructive effects of gun in the lives of children.
As a part of his address, Obama also said doctors and mental health professionals play an important role in protecting their patients and community by reporting direct, credible violent threats.
Obama clarified that there is no federal law – even the Affordable Care Act - that prohibits doctors from reporting these threats in any way.
What do you think: Should doctors be allowed to ask patients or parents if there is a gun in their home?