Author Topic: Obama administration proposes new executive actions on gun background checks  (Read 386 times)

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Offline flowers

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The Obama administration on Friday proposed two new executive actions to make it easier for states to provide mental health information to the national background check system, wading back into the gun control debate after a months-long hiatus.

Vice President Biden's office announced the proposals Friday afternoon. Both pertain to the ability of states to provide information about the mentally ill and those seeking mental health treatment to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

One proposal would formally give permission to states to submit "the limited information necessary to help keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands," without having to worry about the privacy provisions in a law known as HIPAA.

"The proposed rule will not change the fact that seeking help for mental health problems or getting treatment does not make someone legally prohibited from having a firearm," the statement said. "Furthermore, nothing in the proposed rule would require reporting on general mental health visits or other routine mental health care, or would exempt providers solely performing these treatment services from existing privacy rules."

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The potential for government abuse in such a plan ought to be obvious. If a person who lawfully owns firearms is proscribed Xanax for anxiety, or Prozac for depression by their doctor (who is now a de facto Federal government vendor, courtesy of ObamaCare), that information should be privileged under HIPAA (and also under the Constitution, insofar as that matters any more), but may no longer be free from the intrusion of spying eyes, courtesy of Executive fiat.

That such a prescription might be used as a pretext for firearms confiscation may no longer be a theoretical matter.

If your "danger" bells are not ringing loudly, they ought to be.
Journalism now is a bunch of millennial social justice activists playing dress-up. They’re not a profession or an industry. They don’t report. They don’t know anything. And they don’t serve the public.
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Offline raml

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My danger bells have been ringing since this illegal president took office. There is not a thing I can do about it but complain, email our representatives, sign petitions and vote. A lot of us feel helpless against all that is happening since congress has given up controlling this administration and instead joined it. The only thing left is a revolution and I at 68 am not really up to joining an army to fight against him.
« Last Edit: January 03, 2014, 04:54:15 PM by raml »

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