Monday, July 28, 2014

Another Baby Step

Over the weekend residents of D.C. got some of their Second Amendment rights back.
A federal judge has declared that one of the District’s principal gun control laws is unconstitutional and ordered that its enforcement be halted.

The ruling by Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr., made public Saturday, orders the city to end its prohibition against carrying a pistol in public.
I characterized that as a baby step - one small step for free men, as it were.

Now comes news from Florida of another baby step forward.
A federal appeals court has upheld the state's "docs vs. glocks" law, overturning an earlier court ruling that had blocked part of the measure from being enforced.

In a 2-1 ruling last week, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Florida Legislature had the right to pass the law, which includes provisions restricting doctors and other medical providers from asking questions about gun ownership during medical visits.
The court ruled that "the practice of good medicine does not require interrogation about irrelevant, private matters." In other words, health care professionals can't ask patients about things that are none of their business - including whether or not said patients owns firearms.

The decision will, of course, be appealed by the losing side. They can't stand the thought that there is some aspect of our lives which they can't control.

I just wish they'd put as much time and effort into doing their jobs as they do into curtailing our freedoms...

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