Second Amendment advocates are warning that Americans who hold “alternative views” could be declared mentally ill and have their firearms seized as President Obama announced a raft of new gun control measures.
Columnist Jeff Edwards notes that, “American citizens, through mere suspicion by the government, could be denied a constitutional right.”
Highlighting California’s already stringent gun laws, under which a judge can order cops to seize someone’s firearms on mere suspicion alone, Edwards fears that Obama’s new control push could lead to Americans with divergent political beliefs being disarmed.
“If given the authority, how many people of the far right political persuasion would progressives label as “domestic terrorists”? How many people concerned about the expansion of government would be labeled “crazy” because they hold alternative views?” asks Edwards, adding that a person who spends $5,000 dollars on a weapons collection could be “deemed crazy by a judge”.
For years, some Americans have been designated mentally ill for holding certain political beliefs and in certain cases have had their firearms seized as a result.
In 2012, former Marine Brandon Raub was involuntarily detained for psychiatric questioning after he left anti-establishment posts on Facebook which complained about corruption within the U.S. government.
Raub’s lawyer John Whitehead noted at the time that there were 20,000 recent cases in Virginia alone of people being snatched from their homes having been declared mentally defective by the state with virtually no due process whatsoever and with the victim having committed no crime.
Earlier the same year, David Sarti, one of the participants in the National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Prepper show, visited his doctor complaining of chest pains, only to have the doctor later commit him to a psychiatric ward and alert authorities.
Sarti was subsequently declared “mentally defective” and put on an FBI list that stripped him of his second amendment rights.
As Breitbart reports, under the “mental health” aspects of Obama’s new executive gun control plan, Social Security beneficiaries who are incapable of managing their own finances would also be prohibited from possessing a firearm.
“This means that information on beneficiaries who meet the criteria of mental impairment–demonstrated in part by an inability to manage their own benefits–will be added to the National Instant Criminal Background System (NICS) so that the beneficiaries cannot buy a gun,” writes Awr Hawkins.
Under Obama’s “common sense” gun restrictions, health care providers will also have the power to report the names of mentally ill patients to an FBI firearms background check system without the consent of patients and without legal ramifications.
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