Should Doctors Ask If You Own a Gun?

Posted on 07/15/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthNo one questions when a doctor asks if an older, cognitively impaired patient is still driving, and urges family members to take away the car keys for the safety of the patient and everyone else. So why is it any different for a doctor to ask if a patient with similar problems has guns at home that could endanger him or others? There is no difference — it’s simply the doctor’s role in contributing to patient and public safety, argues …

Gun Murders Down, But You Might Not Know It

Posted on 05/13/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin TodayGun murders have plunged in the United States, and the rates are lowest for older Americans, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. In 2010, the rate of firearm homicides was 8 per million for people 65 and older (down from 14 per million in 1993) and 23 per million for people ages 41-64 (down from 42 per million in 1993). The firearm-homicide rate for all ages was 36 per million, still a lot better than the …