Over the last eight years we’ve seen the Second Amendment take hit after hit from liberals in the Obama administration, and abroad. But if conservatives were hoping for a reprieve from this hard fought battle after Trump was sworn into office, think again.
It seems the left’s crusade against the right to bear arms still has some fuel left in the tank.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals just made a ruling about whether or not doctors can talk to their patients about guns in the home, and it isn’t good news.
According to TheBlaze:
In a 10-1 decision, the appeals court ruled that the law — The Firearms Owners’ Privacy Act — violates the First Amendment rights of doctors.
In 2011, Florida lawmakers passed the National Rifle Association-backed bill, nicknamed the “physician gag law.” Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, signed the bill into law in June of that year, according to the University of Miami Law Review:
[T]he Act provides that a doctor “should refrain from” asking a patient about firearm ownership, unless she believes “in good faith” that the “information is relevant to the patient’s medical care or safety, or the safety of others.” Additionally, according to the Act, doctors “should refrain from unnecessarily harassing a patient about firearm ownership during an examination.”
The legislation was immediately subjected to lawsuits, namely from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians, all of which saw the law as unconstitutional. And in 2013, U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke enjoined the state of Florida from implementing the legislation, arguing the law is in violation of the First Amendment and is unconstitutionally vague.
However, a three-judge panel reversed Cooke’s order in 2014, upholding the constitutionality of the law, sending the legal battle to a higher court.
This week’s ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals went against that panel’s decision and the judges noted that there is no evidence — in their view — that doctors asking about firearms limits patients’ Second Amendment rights.
How awful is it that we now live in a world where a doctor has the right to invade your private life in matters that aren’t even related to your health?
Doctors exist to help treat and cure diseases, not to inquire whether or not a patient is exercising their full Second Amendment rights to own a gun, which has zip to do with their actual purpose and profession.
Liberals and anti-gun folk in general struggle to really understand that one bit in the Constitution where it says, “shall not be infringed,” despite the fact it’s crystal clear.
The government is forbidden from infringing on the rights of an individual to own a firearm for the sake of protection both from criminals and from tyrants. It’s pretty simple.
Let’s hope the new Republican-led Congress and White House will do something to help restore this precious right before the leftclaims any more victories.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]