In the latest victory for gun owners in a long, back-and-forth battle, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta lifted an injunction that had blocked enforcement of a law protecting gun owners’ rights in Florida.
The Firearm Owners’ Privacy Act barred doctors from asking patients about gun ownership, or keeping records on patients’ gun ownership, unless medically necessary. Although the law was signed in 2011, a federal judge in Miami had blocked its enforcement, claiming it violated doctors’ right to free speech.
This is the second time federal courts have upheld the law. What’s important are the rights the law protects: the right of gun owners and their families to keep and bear arms, their right to privacy in the exercise of that right, and their right not to be interrogated, lectured and put on record by a socialized medical system that’s increasingly becoming a tool of the state.
President Obama Against Guns From The Beginning
Last week, President Barack Obama told the BBC that his biggest presidential frustration has been his inability to pass major gun control legislation.
However, the President’s gun policies already negatively affect thousands, such as veterans who require a representative payee to manage their VA benefits. By classifying them as mentally incompetent, they are reported to the federal background check system as “prohibited persons”—and as many as 4.2 million Social Security recipients are next.
In a recent PoliZette piece, John Lott Jr., a former colleague of the president at the University of Chicago Law School, recalled a 1996 conversation with Obama, who stated, “I don’t believe people should be able to own guns.”
Obama’s latest statement to the BBC raises the question: How far would he go on gun control? The answer is all the way, and Social Security recipients are just the next target in his plan to annihilate our Second Amendment rights.
Preventable Deaths Show Need For Personal Protection
A deranged man recently went on a crime rampage that left two dead and four injured in Maine. Even more devastating, it could all have been prevented.
It began with the kidnapping and assault of Brittany Irish. Her captor released her, and she went straight to the police—who, citing lack of manpower, refused to send a trooper home with her. The result: The assailant burned down Brittany’s mother’s barn and killed her boyfriend and father of her children. He also killed another person and injured several along the way.
We guarantee that Brittany wishes she had had a gun on that horrific day. It’s a tragic reminder of the realities of today’s world—we must have the ability to be armed if we choose to do so. As Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke so often says, the time to outsource our personal safety to the government is long over.
Minnesota Mulls Military Carry Reform
In the wake of the terrorist attack on a Chattanooga recruiting office, State Sen. Paul Gazelka has proposed that Minnesota National Guard and other active-duty military should be able to carry concealed without a permit. Gazelka’s district includes the Guard’s Camp Ripley.
“Men and women in uniform simply being attacked because they represent America and stand for America should have the right and the ability to defend themselves,” Gazelka said.
Any actual change to Minnesota law could face an uphill battle. Current Gov. Mark Dayton (rated an “F” by NRA-ILA) is certainly no friend to expanding ownership or carry rights, although he has said he’ll defer to National Guard leadership on the issue.
Like most men and women in uniform, Minnesota’s bravest must wait and see who’ll stick up for their self-defense rights.
British Press Publicly Shames Scottish Cop Over Gun Picture
An “armed response” officer from Scotland—that is, the kind of elite cop who actually gets to carry a gun—posted a picture on social media of his children holding firearms and is now being pilloried in the press. The Daily Recordscreams of “KIDS posing with weapons” in its attention-grabbing headline.
Now politicians are getting in on the action, too. Labour MSP Graeme Pearson was quoted as saying that, “If this officer has allowed children to handle firearms and then put pictures of that on the Internet, he has acted in a thoroughly unprofessional manner.” It must be important to send a strong message that educating your children about firearms will make you a social pariah in the UK.
Suspect Identified In Kentucky Shooting
Two men who were shot in a home in Elizabethtown, Ky.—one fatally, one not—have been identified by police. Richard M. Cromwell, the deceased suspect, was said by police to have been wearing black clothing, black gloves and a bandana over his face. He seems to have planned to take money and drugs contained in a safe inside the home.
The other man has been identified as the homeowner, Raymond Brisko. Brisko opened fire on Cromwell and was wounded in the ensuing exchange. Police have said that they believe other suspects were involved in the planned burglary, and they are investigating the case further.