WASHINGTON, March 22, 2014 – President Obama has nominated Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy , an anti- Second Amendment extremest, as his choice to be the next Surgeon General. It is looking increasingly likely that Dr. Murthy will not be approved by Senate Democrats, but his nomination acts as further verification of the hidden gun control agenda in Obamacare.
This position, in conjunction with Obamacare, Obama’s recent anti-Second Amendment executive orders, and federal gun control laws already on the books, could deal a massive blow to Americans’ Second Amendment protections.
Now that an interface of numerous federal agencies and bureaucracies will have access to all of our electronic medical records – including the FBI, IRS, HHS, Dept. of Defense, Veterans Administration, and of course the NSA – all the federal government needs to do to confiscate or strongly discourage gun ownership is to re-define what “mentally defective” means as that definition applies to those individuals that are federally prohibited from owning guns.
Another avenue that they can use, now that the insurance industry is under the boot of Big Brother, is to force insurance companies to consider gun ownership as one of the criteria they analyze when deciding on health care premiums and deductibles, as some home insurance companies already do.
The Gun Control Act of 1968 defined categories of people that could not own or posses guns and described them as “mentally defective.” They were very narrow categories that depended on an adjudication by a Court of law.
In 1993 the Democrats passed the Brady Law which allowed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to redefine and expand on that definition from the Gun Control Act. In 1999, the Clinton administration expanded the definition of mentally defective to include veterans that were determined to be “mentally incompetent” by a single physician at the V.A.
The V.A. defines mentally incompetent as anyone who ”because of injury or disease lack the mental capacity to contract or manage their own affairs.” This definition is so expansive as to include veterans who have trouble paying their bills because of a lack of employment.
In the year 2000 the V.A turned over the names of 88,898 veterans to the FBI who were determined to fit that definition. All of those veterans were placed in the federal background check system and sent a letter informing them that they are now classified as a “prohibited person,” and cannot possess, buy or sell guns. They were given the opportunity to appeal this ruling but heavy deference is provided to the physician who made this determination.
Gun Owners of America, a pro-Second Amendment group reported that by early 2009 over 140,000 veterans have been disarmed solely because they have PTSD, had been diagnosed with ADHD as an adult or as a child, or had a similar mental disorder, and sought treatment for such at the VA. Statistics from the PTSD Foundation of America show that “one in three returning troops are being diagnosed with serious Post Traumatic Stress symptoms.”