The Obama administration quietly released a press statement, confirming President Obama will be signing two new executive actions defining who can buy a gun based on mental health issues.
The restrictions will try to limit who can buy a gun, based on past mental health issues. The new mental health restrictions, which are being enforced as regulations through the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services, will allow the government to get around certain privacy laws so they can access your private medical records. It also allows them to yet again sidestep congress.
One of regulations allows the feds to access your private medical records to determine your “mental stability” in relation to owing a firearm. If you are found to be mentally unstable, the Justice Department can then deny your right to own a firearm. But the problem really comes from who’s defining what “mentally unstable” actually means.
While most people would probably agree that mentally ill people with a history of violence shouldn’t be allowed to own a firearm, the new regulations aren’t quite that simple. In fact, under these laws – as we’ve seen happen recently in New York – pretty much anyone can be declared mentally unfit.
Earlier this year, the State of New York used similar mental health regulations to classify anxiety as a mental health issue. Because of that, anyone who has ever reported feeling anxious could be at risk of losing their 2nd amendment rights. In fact, there are already a number of cases making their way through the court system in New York, where people actually lost their rights because they were prescribed anti-anxiety medications.
Since almost 25% of the population now takes anti-anxiety / depression medications, almost a quarter of the country could be at risk of being labeled mentally unfit to own a firearm, if these same policies take hold at a federal level.
They’ve already started going after Vets with these regulations.
Anyone who thinks these regulations are about stopping mentally violent people from owning a gun, should take a look at what the federal government is doing to returning vets who have been injured during battle.
Last month we reported on how veterans with financial troubles were being labeled Mental Defectives, thus stripping them of their ability to own a firearm. As part of a new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) process, any injured veteran who is unable to personally manage their own disability benefits is being entered into the F.B.I. NICS System, and told they will no longer legally be able to own or buy a firearm.
If this can be done to returning veterans, what do you think is going to happen once these regulations are let loose on the general public?