By now, you already know my opinion of the probably-soon-to-be-law in Florida barring doctors from discussing firearms with their patients, but just to recap – it is stupid, it is unnecessary, and it pointlessly gives ammunition to the anti-rights cultists.
However, it is how those anti-rights cultists are employing that ammunition which brings us here today.
commenter on my blog today in defense of the Florida law, said M.Ds should have firearms training before asking patients about guns!!!!
"Since I have 2 close family members in the medical profession …"
Would they be willing to sign this release form?
"___ I am knowingly engaging in Home/Firearms Safety Counseling without certification, license or formal training in Risk Management, and; I have not reviewed applicable scientific literature pertaining to defensive gun use and beneficial results of private firearms ownership."
To which Joan Peterson (aka “japete” on her inappropriately-named “Common Gunsense” weblog) responded:
Sometimes, jdege, I have to publish your comments for their ludicrous nature.
After reading that, the little imp sitting on my shoulder got a positively delightful idea – I was going to troll Joan with nothing more than that malpractice form.
And so I did.
Every comment in the thread, screencaptured to the left, written under the name of “Joe Horn” is actually me copy-pasting from the “Risk Management Advice to Physicians and Malpractice Insurance Providers: Don’t Borrow Trouble” document – Joe Horn, however, is the author of that writing, and has quite the history of dealing with similar topics:
Since retiring from the LA County Sheriff’s Department, Mr. Horn has provided Risk Management and related issue Human Resource consulting. Among other firms, he has consulted to IBM, Gates Learjet, National Semiconductor, and Pinkerton International Protection Services.
And Joan would have known that if she had bothered to read the form.
Additionally, every time I posted a comment, I linked back to the form to make it even more obvious what I was doing.
And she still never caught on, even after I copy-pasted the whole damned thing. Joan, YHBT. YHL. HAND.
Some of Joan’s comments while she railed against a script she should have already known are bordering on priceless, but the very last one is worth recording for all posterity:
Dear Joe Horn,
We simply we not agree on this one so you can stop sending comments on this topic. Your comments reflect a point of view of a few people with extreme positions.
Amusingly, Joan allowed “Joe Horn” (me) to post one more comment after that proclamation – a woman of her word she is not.
In any case, never let Joan Peterson, or any other anti-rights cultist, tell you that they “want to have a discussion”. Never let them tell you they want to “debate the issues”. Never let them tell you they want to “have a conversation about X”. Never let them tell you they are interested in what you have to say. Never let them tell you they want to “provoke some thoughtful reflection”.
All of those statements, and any other like them, are blatant and absolute lies, as evinced by Joan’s bolded comment above. Just like hateful anti-rights organizations that would try to silence pro-rights webloggers by threatening their families, Joan does not want you to be able to express a dissenting opinion. Just like vicious anti-rights cultists who want to sterilize you if you dare to lawfully exercise your rights, Joan would irrationally label any disagreement as an “extreme”, when the opinion being expressed is demonstrably anything but. And just like the despicable bigots of history who held to the belief that one “race” is somehow better than another, Joan will never, ever be swayed by facts, figures, statistics, or reality.
These are the kind of people who would despicably strip you of your Constitutionally-protected rights to self-defense and self-preservation. These are the kind of people who would rely on such reprehensible techniques as calling the Child Protective Services on someone who dares to disagree with them. These are the kind of people who knowingly aid and abet criminals through their “activism” and the legislation they support. These are the kinds of people who would uncaringly leave you and yours defenseless in the face of crime that does happen to anyone, anywhere, any time.
Do. Not. Let. Them. Win.