Doctors in Florida who are more concerned with pushing a radical anti-gun agenda than they are with practicing pediatric medicine, have filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to overturn that state’s recently-passed law prohibiting them from probing into a patient’s personal ownership of firearms. The legal action is – of course – being coordinated by the country’s most notorious anti-firearm organization, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
The Florida legislature passed the law this past April, after repeated stories surfaced of doctors dropping patients simply because they refused to be interrogated about whether they owned any firearms in their homes.
The law protects firearms owners in other ways. For example, it also prohibits health insurance companies from denying coverage for or dropping policies on policy holders who own firearms.
If a doctor violates the law, they would be subject to discipline by the Florida Board of Medicine, including possible loss of their medical license. However, lawmakers did carve out exemptions to protect doctors and paramedics in the event that inquiries about firearms would be “relevant to the patient’s medical care or safety, or the safety of others.”
The true agenda of those bringing this lawsuit is revealed in statements by the liberal American Academy of Pediatrics, which had suggested the legislative solution as a way to prevent children from being harmed by guns was to “get guns out of their homes, their neighborhoods and where they play.”
During a recent hearing on the lawsuit, the Associated Press noted that Judge Marcia Cooke expressed some degree of skepticism at the doctors’ claims that the law reached too far. Cooke asked, “What’s relevant about asking about my gun when I came in with a cold?” She also wondered if the “questionnaire [that doctors give to patients] is overbroad and not the statute.”
Hopefully, Judge Cooke’s initial skepticism will result in a decision striking down this lawsuit which clearly is rooted in a political, anti-firearm agenda. The Brady Center, of course, will continue its battle against the freedom embodied in the Second Amendment, and would certainly appeal such a decision. Hopefully, however, a decision throwing out the lawsuit will remind the vast majority of pediatricians in Florida that the Hippocratic Oath they each took when they were first licensed as physicians, committed them to heal patients, not force a political agenda down their throats.
By Bob Barr – The Barr Code