Ophthalmologist Senator Fights Nanny State Imposition of Non-Blind Pilots

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Rand Paul was the sole vote (96-1) against an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill that would make flashing laser pointers at airplanes a federal offense. He explained:

“I think that it is a bad idea to point lasers at pilots,” Paul told The Daily Caller. “There are a lot of states that already have laws, and I think the states ought to take care of it.”

According to the FAA, there were 2,836 reported incidents of people pointing laser pointers at pilots in the cockpit from 2009-2010.