Anybody starting to see where this is headed?
Just caught this bit from Fox News Radio:
“A new way of determining whether someone is suffering from mental illness- check out their Facebook profile.“
As I alluded to on Jan. 10: “Guns… mental health… Equally outside the scope of the federal govt. They’ve NO business in our holsters, OR in our heads.”
…and on Jan. 14: “Again, careful this “mental health” talk. Who gets to DEFINE “sane enough” to own a firearm, or have rights for that matter? HHS? #backdoor #guncontrol”
Then, amongst the barrage of gun-hysteria-linked-“mental health”-hysteria, Obama puts out his 23 Executive Actions to Address Gun Violence, 01.16.13 (which is translated here):
#2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
#16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
#17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
#20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
#21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
#22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
#23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius(HHS) and Duncan(Education) on mental health.
All of this is clearly aimed at growing the list (see NICS below) of those prohibited from buying firearms (the gun-forbidden list), by way of growing the “these people are crazy” list. A neat little trick.
Break down the walls of privacy, encourage doctors to snoop and report, assure them they’ll get paid for the process, start the “dialogue” (code for propaganda), and then ultimately define crazy down. You know, lower the threshold for the honor of placement on the list.
But it’s deeper still. The bad guys don’t submit to background checks. They get their guns. Everybody knows this. So why else compile a national registry of “crazy” people? So that they can be controlled, limited, manipulated, blackmailed, and otherwise deprived of liberty, of course. If you don’t think such a database has the potential to be abused as a tool of oppression, both by government and citizen, then you are a naive child.
Consider as well, the consequence to those who are truly in need of mental health services who, upon learning of this growing national mental defective registry, might not seek help at all, so as to stay off the list. Think of that for a moment…
NICS, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (the gun-forbidden list) is maintained by the FBI, and contributed to by, among others, mental health institutions, psychiatrists, and family members, prohibiting those “adjudicated as mental defectives“, et al. from buying guns (at least through a federally licensed dealer).