Obamacare, Mental Illness, & Gun Confiscation
A little while ago, I wrote about how “mental illness” will be the avenue to gun confiscation. It’s a troubling trend we’re witnessing when even self-proclaimed conservatives jump on the bandwagon to campaign for forfeiture of 2nd Amendment rights for those who are deemed “mentally ill.” I put it in quotes not because I don’t believe in it, but because what is considered to be mental illness might be something as benign as being critical of the government. If you criticize the government, then maybe a psychiatrist would diagnose you with having paranoid delusions, in which case you shouldn’t have a gun.
Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America wrote a piece about how Obamacare further threatens the rights of gun owners. It allows (or encourages) the use of our private medical information to be used against us, to justify forfeiture of 2nd Amendment rights, and they’re targeting military veterans:
…[S]ince 2009, the federal health database – created by section 13001 of the stimulus bill and put in place by Obamacare – will allow the federal government to troll private health records for the purpose of stripping gun rights from persons with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), PTSD, and similar maladies. Already, more than 150,000 military veterans – perhaps as many as 165,000 – have lost their gun rights because of the “see a Veteran Administration shrink, lose your gun rights” precedent from the Clinton-Bush era. Consider the Florida military veteran who made national news recently because his guns were confiscated, not returned, and he is suing the city of Daytona Beach, FL. The veteran, identified simply as “A.B.,” sought help for depression in December of 2012. After he called Veteran’s Assistance, here’s what happened: Instead of having someone counsel him, VA called local police, who came to A.B.’s home [and] had him involuntarily committed for a psychological evaluation. They also confiscated his firearms, ammo, bows, arrows and other objects they felt could be used as weapons. A.B. was found to be mentally fit during this evaluation, but authorities still have refused to return his firearms despite AB completing all needed paperwork and affidavits. Now, authorities are saying they won’t return his guns without a court order. This is obviously against the law and the source of the lawsuit.
So even after the psych evaluation found him to mentally fit, they still kept his weapons from him. Remember, he has a “history of mental illness,” all because he made the mistake of seeking counsel at the VA.
Pratt continued: “Taking anxiety pills can result in people forfeiting their Second Amendment rights in New York. Obamacare will only expand this dragnet to millions more Americans, especially given that the CDC has ‘determined’ that nearly 50% of American adults will develop a mental illness during their lifetimes.”
If you don’t put your faith in the State, then they’ll call you mentally ill. If you do put your faith in the State, then you have no need for the 2nd Amendment.