Why should doctors ask teen if family has guns?

Posted on January 23, 2013

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In pro gun regulation Illinois -- where politicians would rather play gun control politics than fight the murderous street gangs -- a young man was admitted to the hospital.
Sam Insley, 16, of Oak Lawn, wasn't admitted with a gun problem.
Sam had a tonsil problem.
"It was an infected tonsil," Mary Rita Insley told me of her son Sam, a strapping, 6 foot 2 inch, 195 pound lacrosse player at St. Rita High School on the Southwest Side.
"Yes, he's a big kid, but regardless of his age and stature, my husband and I were with him the entire time he was there."
Sam was admitted to Advocate Hope Children's Hospital in Oak Lawn on Jan 4. A resident and two medical students began jotting down notes for a routine medical history. At one point, Mrs. Insley said, they asked her to step out of the room.
"I felt uneasy, but I stepped out so my son wouldn't be embarrassed," she told me, saying she figured they would ask drug and alcohol questions. Sam doesn't take drugs or alcohol, she said.
Later that day, Sam told her what the doctors had asked him.
"By the way, Mom," she recalled him saying, "when you were out of the room they asked me if we had any guns in the house."

Read the article: The Chicago Tribune

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