Among the things that the president has announced today — well, he didn’t announce them all, but I have them. I have a summary, and I have the full list, 23 Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions, 23 of them. One of them is involving doctors. Obama asks doctors to help deal with guns, and here is the key language in this. “Preserve the rights of health care providers –” i.e., doctors “– to protect their patients and communities from gun violence. We should never ask doctors and other health care providers to turn a blind eye to the risks posed by guns in the wrong hands. Doctors and other mental health professionals play an important role in protecting the safety of their patients and the broader community by reporting direct and credible threats of violence to the authorities.”
So your doctor has essentially been deputized now with an Obama executive action. Your doctor — and this is what Andrew “The Pious” did in New York yesterday. Mental health professionals, therapists, if they detect that you might leave the office and go grab a gun and do something, they have to call and report you. And now doctors must do the same thing. “Doctors and other mental health professionals play an important role in protecting the safety of their patients and the broader community by reporting direct and credible threats of violence to the authorities.
“But there is public confusion about whether federal law prohibits such reports about threats of violence. The Department of Health and Human Services is issuing a letter,” to doctors clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting on potential dangerous behavior by their patients. The executive action also protects the rights of health care providers to talk to their patients about gun safety. “Doctors and other health care providers also need to be able to ask about firearms in their patients’ homes and safe storage of those firearms, especially if their patients show signs of certain mental illnesses or if they have a young child or mentally ill family member at home.”