There's another fight brewing in Florida, even after the finale of the NBA playoffs and the Heat losing that battle, despite having the big guns.
Several doctors in the Sunshine State are suing Governor Scott and four state officials for adopting the "Privacy of Firearm Owners Act." The doctors claim it is unconstitutional because it doesn't allow them to ask you and me whether we own a gun when admitted for care or consultation. Doctors who proceed and ask questions about firearm ownership are faced with loss of their physician's license.
Think of the ramifications, though. Answering that question could possibly lead to loss of future healthcare or insurance coverage based on the political views of those using the information.
Of course, there is nothing behind all of this except for doctors simply trying to get the most information possible to give you the best care that money can buy. Or is there more? The legal firm representing the doctors just happens to be a high-end firm with offices across the world, and widely known to represent the Brady Campaign. Yes, that's the same Brady Campaign charging forward to limit firearm usage and ownership for you, and me.
I don't know about you, but I view doctors in the same light as my auto mechanic: I want a diagnosis and a fix, all completed in a timely matter at a fair rate. Other than, "Turn your head and cough," and, "You need to monitor your cholesterol better," I don't want any small talk going on about if I own firearms and how many I have locked in the vault.
Now, if the doctor wants to show me his new Smith & Wesson AR, I'm more than happy to compliment the 30-round magazine and the rail accessories.
Good job and good luck to those fighting the good fight in Florida.
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