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Doctors Could Play A Role In Curbing Gun Violence
You go to the doctor, and you expect to answer questions about your medical history. What you don't expect to hear them ask -- are there guns in your home? President Obama thinks doctors could be on the front lines of curbing gun violence.
President Obama says doctors and other health care providers need to be able to ask about guns in their patients' homes and safe storage of those guns.
Already, talk of the executive order has raised significant controversy, raising serious concerns about privacy.
The executive order does not give doctors any new rights to report credible threats of violence and does not create new requirements for them to monitor patients prone to gun violence. In fact, we found out about a Medicare program now in its third year requires doctors to ask elderly patients about guns in their homes.
The president says doctors play a vital role in protecting their patients and communities.
The White House has yet to publish the full details and scope of the president's orders, including the one relating to doctors and guns.
By Angel Covarrubias