President Barack Obama’s end run around Congress to establish onerous laws to infringe on the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans goes through the Department of Health and Human Services and its director, Kathleen Sebelius.
She is writing regulations to amend privacy regulations in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) that would waive Federal privacy laws and encourage your doctor to report you to the FBI.
First, some background. The Veterans Disarmament Act of 2007 contains Bill Clinton-era Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives language that encourages physicians to report their patients if they suspect the patients are a “slight” danger to themselves or others or are deemed unable to manage their financial affairs. This has already cost 165,000 military veterans their gun rights.
But as recent efforts in New York have shown, it’s moving into the private sector as well. Bureaucrats are combing through firearms registration and purchase records and supposedly private medical records and then confiscating the guns of individuals based on mental health information.
As Gun Owners of America points out:
According to gun rights reporter, Dan Roberts, firearms are now being confiscated from gun owners because of their mental health information. For example:
“[John Doe] received a letter from the Pistol Permit Department informing him that his license was immediately revoked upon information that he was seeing a therapist for anxiety and had been prescribed an anxiety drug. He was never suicidal, never violent, and has no criminal history.”
So now taking anxiety pills can result in one’s forfeiting their Second Amendment rights in New York!
If these regulations become law, you can bet that the filthy, greedy lawyers will be lining up to sue physicians and psychiatrists who fail to report any patients if those patients later go out and use a gun in a criminal act. The result will be that any person who sees a psychiatrist or admits to his physician that there are guns in the house will be ratted out by the doctors who don’t want to risk being sued. Many lawful gun owners will lose their gun rights this way.
This rulemaking is still in the early stages. You can read the proposed rules here. In the rules are ways to submit comments on the changes. You can also submit comments here. And don’t neglect to keep the pressure on the elected class, which has to be reminded that while their largess comes from K Street, their constituents live on Main Street.