“Docs v. Glocks” round three again goes to the patients. A third attempt to nullify Florida’s Firearm Owners Privacy Act—signed into law in 2011 by Gov. Rick Scott—fell flat as federal appeals court judges ruled in favor of the legislation that prohibits health care workers from asking patients about guns they may own.
In its latest opinion, the court stated that, “The act seeks to protect patient privacy by restricting irrelevant inquiry and record-keeping by physicians on the sensitive issue of firearm ownership and by prohibiting harassment and discrimination on the basis of firearm ownership.’’
Two previous challenges came about in 2012 and earlier this year in an effort led by the Brady Center, who was representing a group of physician lobby organizations. In all three cases now, the court’s message to doctors has been clear: Stick to patient care.
CNN Journalists Take Anti-Gun Stance
Two CNN reporters, who last week said Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), lacked “courage” for not demanding that Congress approve taxpayers’ dollars to fund activist anti-gun research, just proved how anti-gun they truly are.
Despite the attitude of many in the so-called “mainstream” media that they occupy some sort of moral high ground on every issue under the sun, by calling out Dr. Frieden, CNN reporters Elizabeth Cohen and John Bonifield were insinuating that there’s no possible reason for opposing something so “common sense” as gun control, other than “cowardice.”
As NRA-ILA pointed out in a grassroots alert over the weekend, Dr. Frieden declined to take Cohen’s and Bonifield’s bait. But had he responded to them, he might have asked why they were “silent” about the CDC’s massive study of a variety of gun control restrictions, published in 2003, which concluded that “[e]vidence was insufficient to determine the effectiveness of any of these laws.”
Media Matters Attacks An Honest CNN Host
Meanwhile, some in the gun-hating media don’t have anything good to say about the one CNN host who really gets it—Alisyn Camerota.
“After these mass shootings, there’s often a cry for a ban on so-called assault rifles,” Camerota said during a recent program. “And I say ‘so-called’ because gun rights enthusiasts say what makes something an assault rifle? That’s a political term. They’re all semi-automatic. You pull the trigger, a bullet fires out. So, one is black and looks scary and one is brown and you go hunting with it.”
In a blog report posted on the same day and titled, “CNN’s Camerota Adopts Gun Industry Talking Points,” Media Matters immediately attacked the CNN host. “On the December 18 edition of CNN’s New Day, host Alisyn Camerota used the term ‘so-called assault rifles,’ adopting the framing of gun activists,” Media Matters quipped.
The Farce Awakens, Part II
Colton Southern, a seventh grader in Rosenberg, Texas, was forced by school officials to cover his Star Wars T-shirt because it depicted a fantasy storm trooper carrying a fictional blaster, which they considered a “weapon.”
The farce is with dark lords of the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, who cited a dress code that prohibits “symbols oriented toward violence.” School officials claimed they went easy on Colton, by not suspending him. However, Eugene Volokh wrote in the Washington Post, “Even T-shirts depicting real weapons are constitutionally protected against K-12 school discipline.”
Colton’s father, Joe, told an ABC affiliate, “This is politically correctness run amok. You’re talking about a Star Wars T-shirt a week before the biggest movie of the year comes out. It has nothing to do with guns … It’s just a Star Wars shirt.”
Seattle Times Calls For Gun Ban
In an editorial last Thursday—just hours after Democrats introduced The Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 in Congress—The Seattle Times joined a growing list of anti-gun media voices in claiming, “It’s time to ban assault-style weapons, high-capacity magazines.”
Demonstrating its ignorance of firearms technology and its penchant for parroting anti-gun buzzwords, the Times’ editorial board called not only to ban “assault style weapons” (whatever they are) but also “tactical assault-style weapons”—which are equally undefined but surely doubleplus bad.
But before pro-freedom advocates laugh off The Seattle Times and its anti-gun allies in Congress as idiots and political hacks, as Dave Workman points out here, we’d better put both groups on notice: Media who abuse the First Amendment to attack the Second can see their freedoms disappear, too.
Armed Dallas Woman Fends Off Intruder
As Pamela Miller of Dallas was getting ready for work at around 7:30 a.m., she couldn’t see the man snooping around outside. But moments after she got into the bathtub, she was startled by the sound of the front door splintering and the alarm system going off.
Miller made a short call to her husband before retrieving her firearm from the bedroom, then returned to the bathroom, locked the door and dialed 911. Meanwhile, the home invader was making his way through the house. “I could hear him coming through the living room to the bedroom, and he kicked the bedroom door in,” Miller told WFAA. When she heard him kick the bathroom door seconds later, she fired a single shot, prompting the suspect to flee.
Miller said, had the suspect not been deterred, she was prepared to keep shooting. “If he was coming in, I was going to clear the magazine and protect myself,” she said.