Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

postheadericon *WARNING: GRAPHIC* Burmese Python Shot After Woman Finds It Eating Goat In Florida

NAPLES, FLORIDA — A woman, who owns a herd of goats, wondered why her farm was missing some of those goats. She didn’t have to wonder for too long, because she eventually stumbled upon the answer: a Burmese Python with a goat in it’s mouth.

In the video below, you can see when the woman, Rachel Elizabeth Valverde of Naples, Florida, stumble upon the python while walking the property. As a result of the find, she fired upon the snake with her pistol.

If you are unable to view the video below, click here.

The Burmese Python is obviously not native to Florida, but there are an estimated tens of thousands of them slithering around. As the Florida National Park Service states, they’re here because of irresponsible owners.

From NPS.gov;

In recent years, snakes from around the world have been turning up in and around Everglades National Park. Burmese pythons, one of the largest snake species on earth, are now known to be breeding in the park and spreading throughout south Florida. Originally from southeast Asia, Burmese pythons are now frequently found in south Florida. More than 2,000 pythons have been removed from the park and surrounding areas since 2002, likely representing only a fraction of the total population.

The population of Burmese pythons presently established in the park is the result of accidental and/or intentional releases by pet owners.

While many argue that the shooting of this snake wasn’t right, it should be reminded that this occurred on her property with one of her animals. Had the python been devouring a child, would the tune change?

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postheadericon Florida Federal Court Rules That Doctors CAN Ask Patients If They Own Guns

MIAMI-DADE — A Federal Court of Appeals ruled against a recent Florida law that forbid doctors from discussing gun safety with patients. The ruling claims that restricting a doctor’s ability to speak with a patient would be a violation of his or her First Amendment Rights.

via CBS News

“The Second Amendment right to own and possess firearms does not preclude questions about, commentary on, or criticism for the exercise of that right,” wrote Circuit Judge Adalberto Jordan in one of two majority opinions covering 90 pages. “There is no actual conflict between the First Amendment rights of doctors and medical professionals and the Second Amendment rights of patients.”

This opinion was echoed by Circuit Judge William Pryor in a separately published opinion on the ruling.

“The promise of free speech is that even when one holds an unpopular point of view, the state cannot stifle it,” he wrote. “The price Americans pay for this freedom is that the rule remains unchanged regardless of who is in the majority.”

Any law that suppresses speech is as dangerous as any law that suppresses the ownership of firearms. Both can be used in and out-of-context to restrict the liberties of American citizens.

There ought not be any law stopping a medical professional from discussing firearms with a patient. One of the alarming things I’ve seen is the reports of General Practitioners and allied medical professionals asking patients if they own firearms — regardless of whether or not it has anything to do with the actual examination.

To what purpose does that question serve as a general assessment of an individual’s health?

Now, there is no need to prohibit asking such a question. That’s ridiculous and arguably a violation of an individual’s right to free speech. There is also no necessity to answer the question.

If I was to walk into the office of my General Practitioner and he asked if I owned firearms, I could simply not respond. I could say, “I decline to answer the question.”

There’s nothing stopping me from doing so. There’s nothing stopping anyone from declining to answer that line of questioning. If I ever enter into a state where I feel the presence of firearms may be detrimental to my health, I will take the appropriate steps to fix that. Up until that point, my medical well-being has precisely nothing to do with my possession of firearms.

That said, crafting laws intended to restrict basic liberties such as free speech or the possession of firearms is a huge step over the boundaries of what are considered inalienable liberties. We already have enough laws restricting possession, transfer, and ownership of firearms — and plenty that restrict how we communicate and broadcast information. Why add any more if we can help it?

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postheadericon 77-Year-Old Florida Resident Defends Home And Self Against Two Intruders, Killing One And Injuring Another

REDLAND, FLORIDA — On May 18th, just after noon, an elderly man of 77 was forced to defend himself when two yet unidentified male suspects allegedly invaded his home. One intruder was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at … Continue reading
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postheadericon Florida State Campus Gun Bill Approved By Senate Committee

In another win for the pro-gun population, a Bill was approved in Florida that would allow people with concealed firearms licenses to carry on State College and University grounds. Another addendum was mentioned that will allow non-license holders to carry firearms … Continue reading
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