The Orlando Sentinel scolds Florida Gov. Rick Scott over his “absurd quest” concerning the state’s so-called “Docs vs. Glocks” law. The paper says, “That ludicrous legislation — whose first draft actually proposed tossing doctors in prison for five years and slapping them with fines up to $5 million — made it unlawful for doctors to inquire about gun ownership.” Last month, U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke tossed the law. The gun-gag, she ruled, infringed upon doctors’ First Amendment free-speech rights and did not abridge patients’ Second Amendment rights to arm themselves.
The Sentinel concludes, “Scott disagrees, and is determined to throw more good taxpayer money after bad to press the point. Monday, in filing the state’s appeal in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, the governor stood his ground: ‘I signed this legislation into law because I believe it is constitutional, and I will continue to defend it.’ And already he has — to the tune of nearly $28,000. Florida doesn’t need a governor defending an indefensible law. It needs Scott to surrender to common sense and drop his guns and the state’s costly, nonsensical appeal.”