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Surgeon General appointee confirms Obamacare’s gun control agenda

Written By | Mar 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2014  – President Obama has nominated Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy , an anti- Second Amendment extremest, as his choice to be the next Surgeon General. It is looking increasingly likely that Dr. Murthy will not be approved by Senate Democrats, but his nomination acts as further verification of the hidden gun control agenda in Obamacare.

This position, in conjunction with Obamacare, Obama’s recent anti-Second Amendment executive orders, and federal gun control laws already on the books, could deal a massive blow to Americans’ Second Amendment protections.

Now that an interface of numerous federal agencies and bureaucracies will have access to all of our electronic medical records  – including the FBI, IRS, HHS, Dept. of Defense, Veterans Administration, and of course the NSA – all the federal government needs to do to confiscate or strongly discourage gun ownership is to re-define what “mentally defective” means as that definition applies to those individuals that are federally prohibited from owning guns.

Another avenue that they can use, now that the insurance industry is under the boot of Big Brother, is to force insurance companies to consider gun ownership as one of the criteria they analyze when deciding on health care premiums and deductibles, as some home insurance companies already do.

The Gun Control Act of 1968 defined categories of people that could not own or posses guns and described them as “mentally defective.” They were very narrow categories that depended on an adjudication by a Court of law.

In 1993 the Democrats passed the Brady Law which allowed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to redefine and expand on that definition from the Gun Control Act. In 1999, the Clinton administration expanded the definition of mentally defective to include veterans that were determined to be “mentally incompetent” by a single physician at the V.A.

The V.A. defines mentally incompetent as anyone who “because of injury or disease lack the mental capacity to contract or manage their own affairs.” This definition is so expansive as to include veterans who have trouble paying their bills because of a lack of employment.

In the year 2000 the V.A turned over the names of 88,898  veterans to the FBI who were determined to fit that definition. All of those veterans were placed in the federal background check system and sent a letter informing them that they are now classified as a “prohibited person,” and cannot possess, buy or sell guns. They were given the opportunity to appeal this ruling but heavy deference is provided to the physician who made this determination.

Gun Owners of America, a pro-Second Amendment group reported that by early 2009 over 140,000 veterans have been disarmed solely because they have PTSD, had been diagnosed with ADHD as an adult or as a child, or had a similar mental disorder, and sought treatment for such at the VA. Statistics from the PTSD Foundation of America show  that “one in three returning troops are being diagnosed with serious Post Traumatic Stress symptoms.”

In January of this year, World News Daily reported (rest of paragraph straight from the WND article- all a quote)

“that a veteran in Oregon received a letter warning him that “evidence indicates that you are not able to handle your VA benefit payments because of a physical or mental condition. ‘We propose to rate you incompetent for VA purposes. This means we must decide if you are able to handle your VA benefit payments. We will base our decision on all the evidence we already have including any other evidence you sent to us.’ Completion of the incompetency determination would mean a “fiduciary” would be appointed to manage the veteran’s payments. The VA also warned: ‘A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition. If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions, you may be fined, imprisoned, or both.’

Obamacare, plus some executive orders Obama has signed will expand this issue to the general population and will make every doctor essentially a ward of the state. Obamacare does include a provision that says that doctors will not be required to talk to their patients about guns, and that the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) cannot create a federal database of gun owners via Obamacare.

However, there is no restriction on any other agency creating this database and, there is no restriction on doctors speaking to their patients about gun ownership.

In January of 2013, in response to the Newtown mass shooting, Obama signed 23 anti-Second Amendment executive orders. The most critical for this analysis was No. 16, titled, “Preserve the Rights of health care providers to protect their patients and communities from gun violence.” Similar to all liberal power grabs, it sounds innocuous enough, until you read the fine print. This executive order states in part, “Doctors and other health care providers also need to be able to ask about firearms in their patients’ homes and safe storage of those firearms, especially if their patients show signs of certain mental illnesses or if they have a young child or mentally ill family member at home.”

In January of 2014, Obama took another step towards stripping law abiding citizens of their Second Amendment rights and towards making doctors deputies of the state. The Washington Times reported that, “The Department of Health and Human Service’s “notice of proposed rule-making,” floated by the White House in a Friday media dump, would waive portions of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to allow psychiatrists to report their patients to the FBI’s gun-ban blacklist (the NICS system) on the basis of confidential communications.”

This report by a single psychiatrist would be enough to prohibit that individual from owning, buying or possessing guns.

Big Brother may never technically require that doctors provide this information, but the statists don’t have to. The government need only to impose a massive criminal and civil penalty upon any doctor who does not turn over information on his patients regarding gun ownership when one of those patients happens to use a gun in a crime.

This will have the effect of fully requiring that doctors report that information, or face great personal risk. Then, the FBI, IRS, Dept. of Defense, or any other federal entity could quickly and easily develop a gun registration database based on your federally controlled health records.

Additionally, gun ownership may become indirectly taxed through healthcare premiums. Under Obamacare the government tells insurance companies what policies must be offered and what services must be included and what prices must be charged. Therefore, there is nothing stopping the federal government from requiring these companies to add gun ownership as a criteria when determining the prices individuals will be charged for insurance.

Every dictator from Hitler to Mao, from Mussolini to Stalin, from Castro to the Kim dynasty, and more has established and implemented gun confiscation, so it is no surprise that the statists that currently run our own government are doing the same thing. Mao Tze Tung famously stated that, “All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party.”

China implemented gun confiscation in 1935 and by 1952 Mao’s regime had killed over 10 million Chinese citizens for the crime of not wanting to live as slaves to his communist machine.

In America today, the statists and the ruling class have our health and the media in their pockets. Next, they will come for our guns in any and every way possible, including manipulating the healthcare system. Patrick Henry, one of the founding fathers, reminded us why it is so critical to keep people like Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, Obama’s choice for Surgeon General, out of power when he said:

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”

James Richard

James Edwards is a tireless advocate for federalism and minimizing the impact the federal government has on all of our lives.