TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) Apr 28 - Florida lawmakers on Thursday sent Republican Governor Rick Scott a pair of National Rifle Association-backed measures, including one that would bar physicians from asking most patients if they have guns in their homes.Somehow, when the suicide mood grips Republicans, it has a way of snowballing. Where I work, a rural area, everybody has guns. Thankfully, most are hunting rifles. So, I don't ask about guns. I simply tell people to make sure they are locked up. Unfortunately, north of here, in Baltimore, most of the guns are hand guns. Every night one or more people acquire a few more holes in their bodies. People often make the quip that "Well, its just like the Wild West." Well, there were a few bad players there but I think that the number of actual gun fights is exaggerated.
With supermajorities in both chambers, the Republican-dominated legislature also sent Scott a gun bill that would punish local officials who consciously enact ordinances stricter than statewide standards.
In any case, it is sheer insanity not to try and control the proliferation of hand guns. Should one not point out that hand guns are probably of little use to the supposed Constitutional justification for owning guns of a "well regulated militia?"