Gun Confiscation: Doctors To Report Mentally Ill Patients To FBI

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TN Note: This is a most dangerous precedent to move America toward a police state. Under current Obamacare rules, doctors routinely ask (casually so) patients if they own a gun. Don’t think they are just making small talk, because they are not. Your answers go into your permanent record that is transmitted to the Obamacare database. Once they know you own a gun, they can use any combination of your health records to prove that you do not qualify to possess it, thus precipitating a visit from law enforcement to summarily confiscate it. Mental health conditions an even more slippery and subjective slope, because who has never been depressed? Or erratic? Or enraged? Half of the nation has taken psychotropic drugs at some time in the past: Does this prove they have been diagnosed with a mental illness? This whole topic smacks of Hitler’s tactics for gun confiscation and imprisonment in the 1930s – the doctors were used as the reporting mechanism, and they could and did use any amount of subjectivity in creating those reports.

Delivering on its promise to deliver “common sense” gun control, the Obama administration on Monday finalized a rule that enables health care providers to report the names of mentally ill patients to an FBI firearms background check system.

The action was one of a series of steps that President Barack Obama had called for in January 2013 in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shootings to curb gun violence, but the rule was not published until today.

While the 1993 Brady law prohibits gun ownership by individuals who have been involuntarily committed, found incompetent to stand trial or otherwise deemed by a court to be a danger to themselves or others, federal health care privacy rules prohibited doctors and other providers from sharing information without the consent of their patients.

Under the rule, which takes effect next month, for the first time health providers can disclose the information to the background check system without legal repercussions.

“The disclosure is restricted to limited demographic and certain other information needed for NICS purposes,” the rule states. Disclosure of diagnostic or clinical information is prohibited.

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Doctors cannot with any accuracy predict who will react to a situation with violence, and they will tend strongly to report anyone whom they suspect may have violent tendencies making it much harder for that person to legally obtain a firearm.

I see nothing wrong with barring most persons from firearm ownership.I hunted in my youth, but I sold my rifle when I moved to NYC from the midwest in 1960, and I have not owned a firearm since then.

Patrick Wood

Walter, private gun ownership is a key guarantee of the U.S. Constitution. It is your Constitutional right to choose to not own a firearm, just as much as others have a right to own one. Any part of the government has no right to impinge on the Constitution, period. If you are willing to corrupt the 2nd Amendment with your way of thinking, then I could say this about you vs. the 1st Amendment: “I see nothing wrong with telling most people to shut up.” The blade cuts in both directions, and is just as wrong either way.