Originally Posted by TxCajun
[quote author=North_Tex link=1307578133/0#2 date=1307579576]I'm afraid that this is another backdoor way of compiling a data base of firearm owners.
Nope, put away your tinfoil hat. *Medical records are confidential and they are not reporting that to anyone without your consent or a court order. *Besides, I doubt they are asking for make, model and serial number. *The obvious reason is that in their computerized system, your gun ownership creates a pop-up (a red flag or some sort), down the line if you come in for treatment of depression (suicide prevention) or some such. *Lots of doctors are going to computerized systems that raise red flags... for example, if you are taking two medications that somehow contratdict one another, or something is prescribed that you are allergic too, or if you exhibit symtoms of some disease for which you have a listed family history, etc. *These sytems are, in effect, another layer of protection for you and CYA for the doctor. *They are not some government conspiracy. *If you don't like the concept the simple solution is to answer no. *
Don't put away the tinfoil just yet.
Medical and other records are *supposed* to be confidential, but real world experience has shown that they are anything but, just like personal messages on cellphones.
Heinlein said something about freedom really meant just being able to tell some nosey folks where to stick their noses other than in your business.
The Constitution is quickly being rendered into toilet paper: warrantless searches, "sneak and peek" searches where a person is not even informed that their homes and cars have been broken in to by LEO, and secret panels where judges make decisions as to how far our rights extend on a case by case basis with no paper trail left for an appeal or even a FOIA request.
This whole mindset that the mouth-breathers have bought into of "safety at any price" is the single most dangerous threat this country has ever faced. Far more dangerous than any terrorist ever could be.