Politicians Decide One Home Safety Question by Doctors Is Off Limits

Do you text while driving? Have a swimming pool at home without a cover? Have a gun in your house?

All sensible questions for pediatricians to ask parents and adolescent patients, looking for ways they can help improve home safety. But the last question, about guns, is now officially off limits for any Florida doctors to ask, thanks to a National Rifle Association campaign that succeeded in persuading the Florida Legislature that the question was too intrusive of privacy.

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