Obama Proposes Massive Gun Ban by Regulation Fiat

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In a “Friday media dump” designed to conceal its actions by releasing them after the press has left town, the Obama administration last week announced its intention to push two regulations which would massively expand the federal gun bans imposed on Americans.


The first proposal — from HHS — would effectively say that federal health privacy laws (HIPAA) do not apply to the Second Amendment.

This isn’t the first time Obama has stuck his leering eyeballs into Americans’ medical records and private affairs.  From its Orwellian government database on Americans’ health records to its voracious seizure of Americans’ phone records, the Obama administration can’t trample our personal privacy fast enough.

But HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ efforts to turn over personal mental health information to the government’s gun ban blacklist (NICS) is particularly loathsome.

Not to be outdone in the Sebelius/Holder “Mutt and Jeff act,” Attorney General Eric Holder — currently being pursued for contempt of Congress — intends to seize guns from persons subject to “outpatient commitments (even without a court order) (and) … someone (deemed by some bureaucrat to be) lacking mental responsibility or deemed insane…”

More than 150,000 law-abiding veterans have already lost their constitutional rights — with no due process whatsoever — because they consulted a VA therapist about a traumatic incident in Iraq, Afghanistan, or the Balkans.

Under these new regulations, tens of millions of police and firemen with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder — or people who, as kids, were diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder — could lose their constitutional rights without any court order, merely because they sought a benefit under a federal program.

And you want to know the hidden agenda behind DOJ’s “commitment” language?  We have a member in a rabidly anti-gun state.  Many years ago, he was picked up by police and, without the approval of any court, sent to a mental facility overnight for “observation.”  The mental facility found no mental problems and promptly released him.

However, many years later, as a result of that state’s anti-gun crackdown (which Holder is now trying to emulate), his name has been sent to the NICS system.  He has lost his constitutional rights, and it will cost him tens of thousands of dollars (which he does not have) to get them back.

We believe this is unlawful under current law.  But it will probably not be unlawful by the end of Holder’s regulatory proceedings.

What does Sebelius have to say about this?  Well, she is surprisingly flip:  “There is a strong public safety need for this information to be accessible to the NICS, and some states are currently under-reporting or not reporting certain information to the NICS at all.”

And this from the White House:  “…when persons with a mental illness do not receive the treatment they need, the result can be tragedies such as homicide or suicide.”

But herein lies the problem:  When Americans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder realize that nothing they say to their therapist is really confidential, they’re not going to be seeking treatment for very long.

But there’s an even more fundamental problem:  Last winter, Barack Obama decided that he would devote the first half of 2013 to the destruction of what he and his supporters characterized as “the gun manufacturers’ lobby.”  Tens of millions of Americans let their senators and representatives know that they found Obama’s views and Obama’s legislation to be odious and offensive.  As a result, it was rejected in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

So now, as has happened so many times before, Obama has set himself “above the law.”  What could not be done using constitutional processes is now being slammed through by regulatory fiat.

The Justice Department and HHS regulations will now be submitted for “public comment and review.”  But, as with everything else Holder and Sebelius do, this is little more than a sham.

Rather, our efforts will be to get Congress to defund these unconstitutional efforts.  And we will start by submitting proposed legislation to friendly senators and representatives.


6 thoughts on “Obama Proposes Massive Gun Ban by Regulation Fiat

  1. What ever happen to HIPPA? They have NO more right to snoop in
    patients personal medical records than does gumpy for any reason.
    Can imagine what one would find in some Congressional servants
    medical records and they never actively stood on the front lines.

  2. “Rather, our efforts will be to get Congress to defund these unconstitutional efforts. And we will start by submitting proposed legislation to friendly senators and representatives.”

    Hey GOA, why don’t you stop with the “Wahh!! I’m going to tell my senator and representative on them” political bullshit that you and I know will never work whatsoever and join the REAL gun owners of America by taking your damn guns and getting ready to storm D.C.? Is that so hard?

    1. GOA, NRA,,
      Same stink!
      I like your plan better NC,
      Enough is enough, by bullet or by rope, i dont care

  3. I know this puss is a loser but we need to realize that only sound money and free markets will hang the bastards.Ya’ never know that these fools might knock down some buildings or something.They’re training terrorists you know.Whoever terrorists are.And whoever they are.We have met the enemy,and it is us.

  4. Mewonders I that begin with our own military or I the damned fool who knocked down the towers or the fear of the ignorant?I don’t need your government and laugh at your pretenses for war although I’m nobody’s fool and admire Henry and the Austrian school.Terrorists done it to make us all slaves from their dark little aghani caves.Bullshit.Rothschild bankers and Bushes did it and they should all be tried and hanged.And the drunken masses should piss on them beore they’re hanged and perhaps once thereafter.Obama?Sorry,Bro,Tax dollars gonna save your ass beore you ever save anybody elses just like anybody else.Governments never save populations.Populations enslave themselves to governments.

  5. I told a friend who was considering seeing a shrink about some anger issue’s he was having about how this administration is possibly doing a run around to take away guns from psyche patients and he decided not to go after all. I am so glad we had our talk, we all need to inform our friends of what is at stake if they talk to a shrink and what could become of it. I also was going to talk to one about some marital problems years ago and the first thing was “do you have guns in your home” told them none of your business and terminated the conversation.

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