Several examples of Christians opposing all violence and means of self defense have been in the news lately, and I can't deal with all such examples. But three particular examples come to mind, and I first want to show you one example from Mr. Robert Schenck in a ridiculously titled article, Christ or a Glock. "Well, first of all you're making an immediate decision that if someone invades your home, they are going to die," Rev. Schenck replied. "So you are ready to kill another human being [read more]
Here’s a conversation I was in on recently between a pediatric intern and the parents of a healthy, 1-day-old baby. It occurred in the Yale-New Haven Hospital well baby nursery.
“Your daughter’s physical exam is perfect,” the intern said. “She’s eating well, peeing and pooping well. I want to talk to you a little about how to help you keep her safe and healthy.”
Next came a standard discussion about the baby’s sleeping position and whether she’s got a car seat. Then, the next question:
“Do you have any guns in the home?”
Suddenly, the genial tone changed.
“I don’t think you should ask that question,” said the child’s father.
“Should I take that as a ‘yes’?” the intern pressed.
“I just don’t think you should ask.”
“Sir, we ask because we want to make sure that your baby is as safe as she can be, making sure you keep any guns locked up and away from her.”
“It’s none of your business.”
What started out as a lovely interaction between two new parents and the pediatric intern, with me observing, suddenly turned into the reprimands of an angry father. No matter how the pediatric resident and I tried to explain that we were asking for the safety of his newborn daughter, he persisted in telling us it was none of our business and not relevant for the child’s health. The mother sat silent in her hospital bed.
This really shouldn’t be controversial.
Since 1992, the American Academy of Pediatrics has encouraged primary care providers to discuss firearm safety with families. This reflects the influential group’s acknowledgment that keeping a gun locked and unloaded dramatically reduces the risk of firearms accidents, and the belief that brief counseling by physicians promotes safer storage of guns in homes with children.
Still, sadly, some controversy remains.
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This means if you’re a Florida pediatrician, no asking about guns in the home or documenting them in the chart of a baby or young child …
This commentary was written by Marjorie S. Rosenthal, assistant director of the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and associate research scientist in the Department of Pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine.
You see Marjorie, the fallen nature of mankind is wicked. That means that totalitarians of all stripes want to exercise control over others. The desire to exercise control over other people is often sinful. Every genocide in modern history was preceded by gun confiscations. As you know, the government has exceptions to medical privacy laws, and with the stroke of a pen (followed on by thousands of pages of federal register notice that explains how the executive intends to carry out his nefarious plans), those laws can be expanded. The last little bit … “or documenting them in the chart of a baby or young child,” is a big part of the problem.
We know that you would willingly turn in records of gun owners to the government, enabling confiscatory measures and schemes. Furthermore, we really don’t want your counsel on how we handle our guns. We would prefer that you spend your time and focus on medicine. For instance, the human error rate in medicine is still much higher than the commercial nuclear power industry, commercial airlines and pharmaceutical industries (all of which practice and focus on human error reduction tools and techniques). We would prefer that you study disease, diagnosis, pathologies, biology and pharmacology as opposed to trying to understand the mechanics of machinery or fix the error rate for anyone else. Tend to your own house and get it in order. It’s a mess.
So to summarize, the gentleman you cited in the initial example was kind to you, kinder that I will be. As for whether this has to be controversial, you’re right. It certainly doesn’t have to be. Mind your own damn business. Now I have a few questions for you, beginning with this one. What is your favorite position for sex?