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May 19, 2015

Battle Over Florida Legislation Casts a Chill Over Gun Inquiries

JAMA. 2015;313(19):1893-1895. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3410

Early in his career, Louis B. St. Petery Jr, MD, a pediatrician in Tallahassee, Florida, attended the funeral of a young patient from his practice who was shot and killed after the child’s sibling found a loaded gun in a bedside drawer.

“It should never happen,” said St. Petery, who is also executive vice president of the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). With that memory not far from mind, St. Petery, like many physicians across the country, routinely asks his patients’ parents whether they have guns in their home. If they do, he advises them to take safety measures like using gun locks, storing the gun separately from bullets, or keeping the gun in a locked cabinet.

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    Tom Pliura | self
    I have been a physician for more than 30 years. I practice ER and urgent care medicine. I have been a member of the American Medical Association continuously for more than 30 years. I have been a Life Member of the National Rifle Association for more than 40 years.I take great offense to these politicized, medical articles with the hidden agenda of restricting my gun ownership rights. I respectfully disagree with the stance taken by the pediatrician academy or any other medical academy that directly or indirectly lobbies for restriction of my gun rights, or thinly-veiled attempts to chip away at my 2nd Amendment Rights. Among other reasons, one of the primary reasons membership in the AMA is dropping is because the AMA chooses to \"take sides\" on issues with absolutely no \"correct answer\". I recommend that the AMA stay away from taking sides on politicized topics such as gun control, birth control, abortion, etc., etc.Tom Pliura, M.D., J.D.Le Roy, Illinois