Columbia, SC — The flapping noise I heard March 17 as I opened my paper — which included the article, “What can doctors say about guns?” — turned out to be common sense flying out the window again.
Dr. Deborah Greenhouse asks her patient-families if they have guns in the house and talks about gun safety, and a group of lawmakers thinks this will lead to a “list of gun-owners” that could lead to … well, that’s an issue for another time.
All Dr. Greenhouse needs to do is speak with every family about gun safety. Every parent needs to be aware of ways to direct children’s behavior in the presence of a gun. Because there are no guns in the home does not mean children will not be guests in a gun owner’s home or be present in a public location where people have guns. People do not post signs at the door saying “beware of guns,” and the most unlikely little old lady might very well have a pistol in her pocketbook.
If Dr. Greenhouse delivers gun-safety information to all parents, she will be providing information no different from proper childhood nutrition or the use of child-safety seats in the car. The parents can then add their personal values-based commentary.