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NRA Falsely Claims Medicare Asks About Gun Ownership (Video)

| by Michael Allen

On the Dec. 4 broadcast of the National Rifle Association (NRA) News show "Cam & Company," NRA President Jim Porter made the false claim that people enrolled in Medicare have to disclose their gun ownership.

"People are not interested in this government going into their records," stated Porter (video below). "That's why we are so concerned about everything they are doing to register people in firearms."

"Even when you go to register for Medicare or under these new programs they ask intrusive questions about, that they have no business asking, they invade your privacy, and they also are asking questions about whether or not you have firearms in homes and things of that sort," said Porter.

According to MediaMatters.org, Porter provided no proof of his claim, but added "the public clearly sees and agrees with us about our concerns."

However, this false Internet rumor about Medicare asking about guns was started in 2009, notes Snopes.com.

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The Obama administration has encouraged doctors to ask mentally ill patients if they have guns in their home, notes The Weekly Standard:

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. Some have incorrectly claimed that language in the Affordable Care Act prohibits doctors from asking their patients about guns and gun safety.

As part of its public fear-mongering on behalf of gun manufacturing companies, the NRA warned on The Daily Caller in August of a fake gun "confiscation scheme" where "acquisition, transfer or continued ownership of firearms could depend on the whim of federal bureaucrats."

Sources: The Daily Caller, The Weekly Standard, MediaMatters.org, Snopes.com