By issuing 23 executive orders to restrict firearms ownership, Obama has made his contempt for the People, the Congress and the Bill of Rights & Constitution blatantly obvious.
January 16, 2013
Barack Obama’s bold use of executive orders to ‘take action without Congress’ amounts to an outrageous unconstitutional overreach of powers, and is impeachable action on its face. And Obama isn’t even done; he has vowed to push Congress on a new assault weapons ban along with other legislative restrictions on the guaranteed Second Amendment, which “shall not be infringed.”
But worse, the 23 executive orders issued by Obama make clear that the vast medical bureaucracy centralized under ObamaCare will be used to profile and harass Americans in order to disqualify them for gun ownership based on “mental health” history.
At least 7 of the 23 executive orders relate to mental health reporting that includes “clarifying” the role of doctors and health care providers in “asking their patients about guns in the home,” reporting “threats of violence” to authorities, and screening for “mental health” will create the backbone for a “no buy” list that disbars Constitutional rights from flagged individuals without due process. At least 8 executive orders relate to new rules on background checks and weapons sales & ownership restrictions.
The numbers on the list relate to the summaries of the executive orders reported earlier today by the Washington Times. The titles used are shorthand language by this author, with a fuller reference in the cited article.
MENTAL HEALTH / MEDICAL SPIES (7)
These executive orders effectively “deputize doctors” to spy on patients, while priming and populating a database to take firearms rights under the pretense of “mental health” issues. This type of legislation has already been pursued by the likes of Sen. Chuck Schumer and others.
Order #2 Address legal restrictions related to states sharing data under Health Insurance Portability Act Contributes towards centralized health care database that will be used to authorize gun purchases.
Order #14 Directs the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to “research causes and prevention of gun violence.” Undoubtedly, the report will flag PTSD and other related “mental health” symptoms that will negate gun ownership. Undoubtedly, it will not properly address the role of SSRI and other psychotropic prescription medications that an overwhelming number of mass shooters have reportedly been on.
Order #16 Under Obamacare, doctors can ask patients about “guns in their homes,” and are clearly encouraged to flag gun owners that may show so-called signs of “mental illness.” Under the newly revised DSM-5 manual that psychiatrists use for diagnosis, a wide-array of behavior is categorized as mental illness. While it may be desirable that unhealthy people find treatment, it is clear that such sweeping labels will serve to prevent otherwise law-abiding citizens from purchasing guns.
Order #17 Orders a letter to health care providers reminding them to “report threats of violence” to law enforcement. Clearly, this would also be a database flag used to disqualify potential buyers. The order leaves room for this policy to be abused.
Order #20 Clarify mental health coverage under Medicaid Emphasizes mental health as an issue of focus.
Order #21 Clarify “health benefits and parity requirements” under Obamacare Once again, ObamaCare is tied to collectivist society and effort to control guns.
Order #22 “Mental-health parity regulations” Mental health is clearly emerging as a watch word for reigning in firearms ownership rights. While truly unstable individuals should be helped, the opportunity for abuse is clearly widespread and troublesome. A nation of sheep have been encouraged to ask their doctors for pills if they feel unhappy or depressed. Will a history of SSRI medication be used to take away an individuals right to bear arms, for instance?
Gun Owners of America sounded the alarm back in June 2012 that ObamaCare would be used to flag would-be buyers and disqualify individuals from purchasing weapons:
“Centralizing these medical records will allow the FBI to troll a list of Americans for ailments such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to deny them their gun rights, in the same way that the Veterans Administration has already denied more than 150,000 veterans their right to bear arms.”
A summary review of these executive orders makes clear that this kind of profiling and issuing of “no buy” lists is indeed a major concern that undermines Second Amendment rights. Good intentions to promote “mental health” are distorted and used to “out” supposedly unqualified individuals who will have no due process, no trial and no chance to even make a case concerning their rights.
While ObamaCare and other health care practices will increasingly flag patients and enter them into a database, the Obama cabinet will be engaged in selling the American public, taking away the rights of individuals on the basis of “mental health.”
BRAINWASHING AMERICANS ON MENTAL HEALTH & GUN OWNERSHIP (2)
Order #7 Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign During the Clinton Administration, now Attorney General Eric Holder vowed to “brainwash” people on guns, attempting to change the perception of gun ownership the way that attitudes towards cigarette smoking was changed. Clearly, the president’s new campaign would continue this effort, demonizing and undermining the clear constitutional and self-defense rationale for bearing arms.
Order #23 ‘National dialogue’ on “mental health” w/ HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius & Ed. Sec. Arne Duncan Meanwhile, the heads of two of the most dangerous and distorted agencies will tour the nation to lecture on reforming the nations’ “mental health” practices. Again, this has all been issued in the context of gun control. The Obama Administration is wantonly infringing upon the Second Amendment again by trying to distort the lines of jurisdiction and give the Dept. of Health and Human Services (administering ObamaCare) and the Dept. of Education authority on labeling or dealing with people deemed unfit for ownership.
“NO BUY” LIST / “SEIZED GUNS” / PRIVATE SALES: ATF, FBI, LAW ENFORCEMENT (8)
The data amassed through the health care system will be matched with the criminal background checks that are already in place. Felons are already barred from purchasing firearms. Now, law enforcement is instructed to run additional background checks before “returning seized guns” while federally licensed firearms dealers are saddled with additional ATF regulations, and will, apparently be facilitating background checks for “private sales,” which are targeted for further restrictions under this initial executive action.
Again, the stage is clearly set for background check authorization denial on the basis of “mental health” flags, on top of already instituted criminal history flags.
Order #1 Strengthens data sharing under federal background check system Further centralized integration of data.
Order #3 Provides incentives for states to provide background check In addition to infringement on the Second Amendment, much of this executive action furthers the trend of federal overreach, guarded in theory by the Tenth Amendment. This order calls for “incentives” (i.e. federal dollars) for cooperation by states which have a constitutional right to non-compliance with federal policies.
Order #4 Attorney General to “review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun” Again, we see the formation of a “no buy” list similar to terrorism watch lists and “no fly” lists maintained by Homeland Security where due process is non-existent and individuals are flagged and disbarred based on suspicion or ‘signs’ of mental illness or related behavior. The potential for abuse and lack of legal recourse is clear.
Order #5 Law enforcement shall “run full background check” before “returning seized guns” The question here is what is a “seized gun” and under what circumstances is it seized? Will unregistered firearms, otherwise legally owned by a law abiding individual, be seized? This policy potentially violates legal gun owners stopped in traffic, at checkpoints, at registration (as proposed under Feinstein’s bill) or even at home visits. While background checks can be done almost instantaneously, a “full” background check could disarm legal owners for days or weeks until individuals are cleared and, essentially permitted, to resume ownership.
Order #6 ATF to send letter to gun dealers on “how to run background checks for private sales” This is a big area. We have already witnessed the ATF attempting to halt legal private gun sales in the state of Texas. Now, as a half-measure to banning private sales outright, prospective buyers will be forced to go register and pass background checks at dealer locations, effectively outlawing purely private sales. Meanwhile, licensed firearms dealers, already burdened with paperwork and red tape, will apparently be forced to facilitate private sale transactions, after receiving ATF policy mandates on ‘how to run background checks.’
Order #9 Require federal law enforcement “trace guns recovered in criminal investigations” This executive order reeks of the hypocrisy exercised by the Obama Administration during Operation Fast & Furious, which has now thoroughly unfolded into a scandal that has found Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for lying about what he knew and when, while casting doubt on the honest intentions of the ATF and Department of Justice. The Obama Administration admittedly “walked” thousands of semi-automatic weapons (now conveniently targeted by gun banners) into the hands of Mexican drug cartels so that they could subsequently be “traced” and blamed for crimes.
Order #10 Dept. of Justice to analyze “lost and stolen guns” data, make available Further centralizing data to trace guns, this order has the potential for abuse by criminalizing otherwise law-abiding owners who’ve not cooperated in registration efforts and may possess “lost or stolen guns” through legal means.
Order #11 New BATFE director appointed This relates to a purging of officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who were either indicated in the Fast and Furious scandal, or who may hold further information on other officials involved, particularly those higher up in the chain. Whistleblowers at the ATF helped uncover some of the details about Fast and Furious that were ultimately linked to Obama cabinet officials.
SAFETY DRILLS to push crisis culture, paranoia training and federal money/jurisdiction (6)
Finally, in fitting with the federalization of background checks, data sharing, and a mandate over gun safety and “mental health”, the executive branch is sticking its hands into safety protocol at schools, churches, public centers and more.
It further hypes of the paranoia of terrorism and lone wolf domestic extremists identified by Homeland Security and other departments to institute mandatory training drills, crisis scenarios and the like that have the potential for abuse by wasting tax payer dollars on statistically unlikely scenarios while federalizing the chain of command and jurisdiction for police and other first responders.
Order #8 Review safety standards gun locks / gun safes
Order #12 First responders, schools active shooter training Homeland Security and FEMA have already been conducting training and drills based on mall shooters, returning veterans gone wild, homeland terrorist and other related scenarios. The Infowars crew covered one such drill that took place in Denver, not far from the Aurora Batman massacre, that was dubbed “Operation Mountain Guardian” and run by a federal chain of command headed by Homeland Security. Now, organizations like CrisisActors.org are institutionalizing this training by hiring FEMA-certified actors who play various roles in these terror and shooter scenarios. Obama’s executive order expands and further mandates this practice for incidents which are statistically very rare, but widely hyped in the media as imminent. While certain aspects of this kind of training may be prudent, in many respects it conditions the public and first responder force to accept greater government control as an automatic response to any mass casualty incident, when the jurisdiction would normally fall on local or state authorities.
Order #13 Efforts to “prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime” Obama voted for laws to ‘throw the book’ at illegal gun owners who defended their homes from invaders in the state of Illinois, the home of the murder capital of the world, Chicago. Private gun sales and unregistered firearms will clearly be prosecuted, while Castle laws and ‘Stand Your Ground’ legislation will be undermined or challenged (recall the Trayvon Martin case).
Order #15 Attorney General report on ‘gun-safety technologies’ Again, the same Attorney General who wanted to brainwash Americans on guns and who was complicit in the Fast & Furious scandal wants to implement new technologies and promote gun safety. Where is Holder’s credibility to do so?
Order #18 Incentives to schools to “hire school-resource officers” Federalized money will be thrown around for politically-correct “school-resource officers” who will likely provide counseling and monitor student behavior.
Order #19 Model emergency response plans for schools / worship / college campuses The Sikh temple shooting, the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre and the Batman movie premiere massacre have all brought the fear of violence to our private lives, and invited in the federal government to mediate those spheres.
Once again, it is generally abusive for a president to rule by executive fiat, and the authority to do so demands questions. It is all the more unconstitutional for a president to take on a constitutionally-guaranteed right and attempt to reign it in through countless regulations, all without formally consulting Congress.
While further gun control legislation has been recommended by the Obama Administration, and will be pushed via the kind of bills being introduced by Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Schumer, the people should demand that the overreach of executive power be checked by calls for impeachment, as Infowars.com recommended yesterday and in past occasions.