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Court rules Florida doctors may NOT harass patients about gun ownership

By Doug Book, editor

In 2011, the State of Florida passed a law popularly referred to as “Docs vs Glocks” which prevents doctors meddling in the gun ownership prerogatives of their patients. Why would such a statute be necessary?

The following is a portion of a policy statement included on the website of the American Academy of Pediatrics:

“Until handguns are banned, we recommend that handguns and handgun ammunition be regulated, that restrictions be placed on handgun ownership, and that the number of privately owned handguns be reduced. Firearms should be removed from the environments where children live and play …”

Uppermost in the AAP’s “Advice to Parents” column was:

“Never have a gun in the home. Do not purchase a gun, especially a handgun. Remove all guns present in the home.”

Not widely known by the American public (principally because it was effectively concealed) is the fact that Barack Obama’s 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—or Stimulus slush fund–opened the private medical records of American citizens to some 1.5 million new organizations, companies, individuals and of course, federal bureaucracies. The Stimulus allocated thirty five billion dollars to finance the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) which made patient medical data available on ObamaCare’s State Exchanges. As a result, the supposedly PRIVATE, “it’s for the children” information collected by doctors about patient gun ownership may be legally accessed by 2.2 million government approved organizations, many of which have nothing whatever to do with healthcare.  

Agenda driven doctors are not practitioners of medicine but of medical espionage. And Florida’s doctors have been among the most persistent in ferreting out and reporting “medical information” about gun ownership to state and federal bureaucracies. Consider that a patient recommended to a psychologist by his GP for treatment of depression may well have his right to own a firearm rescinded by the government. After all, the patient’s volatile state of mind makes him a potential assassin. And Heaven forbid there be children in this dangerous individual’s home!
 
“We take our children to physicians for medical care, not moral judgment, political harassment and privacy intrusions,” writes Luke McCoy of the USA Carry website.

McCoy continues:

“The intent of some [physicians] may be to stop death from firearms accidents, but it is worth noting that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, doctors and medical staffs in Florida are responsible for six times more accidental deaths (called “Medical Misadventures”) than firearms accidents. Physicians have plenty of room to work in their own backyards to stop accidental deaths in keeping with their “first do no harm” medical oaths.”  

Clearly the intent of doctors who pass moral judgment on gun owners is NOT the prevention of accidents but rather the disarming of the American public. It was the numerous cases of Florida’s anti-gun doctors harassing patients, withholding treatment, even refusing to see the children of parents unwilling to answer questions about gun ownership that prompted the Doc’s v Glocks legislation.

On July 25th, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision which had found the Doc’s legislation unconstitutional. The American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Family Physicians in Florida agreed with the dissenting 11th Circuit judge who called the law “an infringement of First Amendment rights.”  Does a pediatrician have a 1st Amendment right to demand parents leave an examining room so he might grill a 5 year old about whether or not his father owns a gun?

Doctor’s groups are certain to appeal the decision or ask for an en banc review by the 11th Circuit. Should either succeed, it’s my guess that gun owners will dump an agenda-driven doctor before they dump their guns.

Sources:
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/federal-court-upholds-flas-docs-glocks-law-24720950

http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/articles/2014/7/appellate-court-upholds-privacy-law-tells-anti-gun-doctors-to-take-a-powder.aspx

http://www.ammoland.com/2014/08/marion-hammer-what-docs-vs-glocks-is-really-about/#axzz39LJKo98D

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Recovery_and_Reinvestment_Act_of_2009

http://www.cchfreedom.org/cchf.php/734#.U9-nZLHLIuI

https://www.usacarry.com/stop-doctors-violating-patients-gun-privacy-rights-in-florida/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/07/30/appeal-planned-for-florida-docs-vs-glocks-laws/    

Another D.C. gun law declared unconstitutional

By Doug Book, editor

According to District of Columbia, City Council member Phil Mendelson, gun ownership and the carrying of firearms “must be more heavily restricted [in D.C.] than any place else in the nation.”  After all, says Mendelson, “four U.S. presidents have been assassinated by gunfire”  “and there are frequent threats on the foreign diplomatic corps.” (1)

But Mendelson and the rest of D.C.’s gun grabbing, Democrat gentry were finally stripped of their ability to ignore the Constitution when the District’s longstanding ban on carrying a firearm for self-defense was declared illegal.

On July 26th, U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Scullin provided gun rights and 2nd Amendment advocates what plaintiff’s attorney Alan Gura called a “significant victory” when he ruled that: “In light of Heller, McDonald, and their progeny, there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny…” (2)

Judge Scullin sat on the case of Palmer vs D.C. for an incredible 4 years, resulting in the 2nd Amendment Foundation filing a petition in 2013 for a writ of Mandamus which asked the D.C. Federal Court of Appeals to direct Judge Scullin “to produce an appealable order” within 7 days.

But although the petition was apparently ignored and Judge Scullin labored another 8 months on a mere 19 page ruling, at least he got it right, directing that the District of Columbia and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier “…are permanently enjoined from enforcing D.C. Code…to ban registration of handguns to be carried in public for self-defense by law-abiding citizens…” (2)

Not surprisingly, 2 days ago Judge Scullin granted the District a 90 day stay during which time D.C’s attorneys will either file an appeal or draft legislation to bring the District into compliance with the judge’s order.

For decades, residents of the District of Columbia were subjected to the most virulently anti-gun rights legislation in the country. Handgun ownership itself had been illegal prior to the 2008 Supreme Court decision in D.C. vs Heller.

But were D.C. residents actually obeying the unconstitutional restrictions placed on 2nd Amendment rights by their Democrat potentates? From the 2008 Heller decision which found the handgun ban unconstitutional until today, only 3000 firearms have been registered in D.C. Just 3000 registrations in an area with a total population of 600,000. It’s obvious that countless people refused to obey the District’s abusive gun laws in the past just as they continue to refuse to register their firearms today.

It will be interesting to watch the pattern of registrations when D.C. Democrats finally begin to obey the latest court order, probably years in the future.

Sources:

(1) http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/07/27/emily-miller-federal-judge-rules-dc-ban-on-gun-carry-rights-unconstitutional/?intcmp=obinsite
(2) http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2014/07/26/palmer-v-district-columbia-decision/   Judge Scullin’s 19 page decision

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-attorney-general-plans-to-seek-stay-of-ruling-overturning-districts-handgun-ban/2014/07/27/00d9e9d0-15c5-11e4-9349-84d4a85be981_story.html

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/28/dc-police-chief-orders-officers-not-arrest-legal-g/?page=1

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/29/federal-judge-grants-90-day-stay-dc-gun-case/

http://suburbanstats.org/population/how-many-people-live-in-washington-dc

HERE’S HOW AN ARMED, HERO DOCTOR WAS HONORED FOR SAVING LIVES IN A HOSPITAL

 

By Doug Book,  editor

 On July 24th, Dr. Lee Silverman, a Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital Psychiatrist from Darby, Pennsylvania saved the lives of uncounted hospital workers and patients by shooting Richard Plotts, a mentally disturbed patient and felon.  While in Silverman’s office, Plotts pulled a hidden gun and killed Theresa Hunt, a 53 year old hospital caseworker who had accompanied Plotts to Dr. Silverman’s office.  Upon the shot being fired by Plotts, Silverman ducked behind his desk, pulled a pistol he keeps in a drawer and returned fire, hitting Plotts three times and ending the criminal’s would-be killing spree. Plotts was in critical condition and undergoing surgery on Thursday night.

 “Without a doubt, I believe the doctor saved lives,” said Donald Molineux , Chief of the Yeadon Police Dept.

 “Without that firearm, this guy (the patient) could have went out in the hallway and just walked down the offices until he ran out of ammunition.”

 So Dr. Silverman is a HERO, right? Well, maybe not so much. This is how Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital officials responded to the incident:

 “It was not clear why Silverman, a doctor for nearly 25 years, was armed at the office. Bernice Ho, a spokeswoman for Mercy Fitzgerald, said Thursday it was against hospital policy for anyone other than security guards to carry weapons.”

 ”We are grateful for the efforts of the emergency responders, and we are working with the Delaware County police departments to understand fully the details of the event and to do all we can to assist those affected,” hospital officials said in a statement.   

 Not one mention or word of thanks for Dr. Silverman, except, of course, to wonder why he had a gun stowed in his desk! By the time the “Emergency Responders”–to whom hospital officials were so grateful—arrived on the scene, Plotts could have killed an additional 5, 6, 8 people? Who knows!

 Instead, according to hospital witnesses, “Guys with helmets and automatic weapons kept jumping out of their cars;” “They came in with guns drawn…”

 But it was all over. The SWAT teams no doubt scared the Hell out of everyone on the scene, but accomplished nothing else.

 It will be interesting to see how Mercy Fitzgerald handles the episode. Will they dismiss a hero who saved God knows how many lives because he refused to follow the “gun free zone” policy of his place of work?

 Sources:

http://rare.us/story/this-doctor-disobeyed-a-gun-free-zone-and-saved-lives-because-of-it/#sthash.V8vEZdG0.dpuf

http://articles.philly.com/2014-07-26/news/52031602_1_thursday-night-main-hospital-whelan

 Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahj1XNEWwkc

 

 

 

Colorado Governor Hickenlooper looks at November defeat thanks to lying about anti-gun ways

By Doug Book, editor

Anyone wishing to explore the workings of the hoplophobic mind needs only consider the actions of the 2013, Colorado legislature. First time violators of the state’s new gun legislation face up to one year in prison. Yet a real life criminal who commits a felony while in violation of the law is subject to only 18 months.  This makes an armed robber just 33% more worthy of punishment than the law abiding citizen who also happens to own a 20 round magazine. Disgraceful.

Yet Colorado politicos couldn’t have been happier with their knee-jerk attempts to intimidate Centennial State gun owners after the 2012 killings in Newtown, Connecticut. Included in the 2013 gun control legislation signed into law by Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper were requirements for universal background checks, new demands for mental health reporting and prohibitions against “large capacity” magazines—that is, of over 15 round capacity.  (1)

Though it’s been a year since the law went into effect, Gov. Hickenlooper has spent the last few months running from his signature on it, not wanting to join 2 Democrats recalled from office and another forced to retire as a result of their own anti-gun ways. Last month, at an Aspen forum, Hickenlooper told sheriffs’ representatives that he had no idea that the overwhelming majority of their peers were so strongly opposed to the then, proposed legislation. It was news to Hickenlooper that these same representatives wanted to meet with him prior to his signing the legislation into law.  (2)

He also had “no idea” that the overwhelming majority of the state’s sheriffs had publically vowed to NOT enforce the terms of the legislation. As Colorado’s, Milwaukee county sheriff David Clark Jr. put it to FOX News host Jeanine Pirro: “I wouldn’t enforce those laws because I don’t want to get shot, because the American people are going to put up with so much before they’re going to push back.” (3)

Hickenlooper also claimed that rumors of conversations between himself and anti-gun loon Michael Bloomberg just prior to the legislation becoming law were simply not true. However, records of 2 calls to Hickenlooper from Bloomberg were discovered after the filing of an open records request.

Besieged with questions, the governor finally “…admitted his office did not research the gun legislation until after it was passed. Governor Hickenlooper said he didn’t realize it was going to cause such controversy and had he known he would not have endorsed the new gun laws without more research.” (4)

Apparently the governor MISSED those endless days of autos circling the state capitol with horns blaring as the people of Colorado registered supreme displeasure with the gun-grabbing intentions of their liberal legislators. The assault against and reaction by gun owners had been THE television news story for months. But it was all news to Hick.

And now, as a result of apparently having spent the past year under a rock, Hickenlooper faces the political fight of his life as a Rasmussen poll shows Republican candidate Bob Beauprez in a 44%-44% tie with the absent minded governor. It took Beauprez just one week to catch Hickenlooper after winning the nomination from a crowded field of GOP contenders. (5)

Keep the lies coming, governor. Maybe you’ll take a few more Democrat legislators down with you.

Sources:
(1) http://www.cga.ct.gov/2013/rpt/2013-R-0198.htm
(2)http://thecoloradoobserver.com/2014/06/hicks-effort-to-mend-fences-on-gun-control-explodes-in-his-face/
(3) http://conservativetribune.com/sheriff-warns-against-gun-control/
(4) http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2014/06/19/credibility-canyon-hickenlooper-loses-all-credibility-with-double-talk/
(5) http://coloradopeakpolitics.com/2014/07/01/dogfight-on-rasmussen-beauprez-44-hick-44/

Is this our last Independence Day?

By Kevin “Coach” Collins

We tried. We really did try as hard as we could. Over the past 238 years we have poured out the lives of generations of our young men and women to defend our liberties. We have willingly sacrificed our treasure and our tears fighting to keep the wolves of tranny away from our door.  But unless we change course now we will die on the battlefield of Good versus Evil. Today we find ourselves looking more like the patriots who were overwhelmed at The Alamo and crushed at Corregidor, than the brave signers of our Declaration of Independence. Try as we have, unless something changes, it’s all over. If our quisling politicians erase our borders and let those who have coveted our lifestyle for generations continue to flood our streets and voting booths, we’re finished as ”The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” 

If we don’t stop our megalomaniac president from continuing his unilateral amnesty America will soon cease to exist.  Those who actively or passively help Barack Obama grant his own amnesty, people like Ryan and Rubio, McCain and Schumer; Menendez and Pelosi and dozens and dozens more will go down in history with Benedict Arnold and the Walker family as the worst traitors and in our history.

If they let Obama stab us in the back with his amnesty attack,  America will be nothing more than a collection of boastful fools who thought they were better than the Romans and so many other long gone  empires.  The irony is that with full knowledge of the mistakes those past civilizations made, we will have repeated them anyway.  

Our Obituary will read, “America, by suicide in her 239th year.” Today instead of looking forward to a bigger and better America, we are content to sit and watch our precious freedoms be taken away one by one until now there are virtually none left. We don’t have freedom of the press. We don’t have freedom of religion we don’t have freedom from unwarranted searches. Our media is gone; our politicians have become quislings and our prospects for once again living as a free people are very dim. The Democrats have replaced King George with King Barack.

Enjoy this Independence Day my friends and please don’t call today “4th of July” like an Anglicized version of Cinco de Mayo; because if Boehner and company let Obama stab us in the back this will be our last relatively free Independence Day.