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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Mental Heath And Losing Your Constitutional Rights


Soon after the Sandy Hook murder spree, I was visiting a forum when I noticed that one individual stated:

"I don't think 'mentally handicapped' people should be allowed to own guns. I'm a believer in the 2nd Amendment, and it's purpose is NOT self defense (although I totally agree with this concept). There should be mandatory and readily available firearms training for every customer, because if a person can't handle a gun, how can he/she handle possibly fighting a tyrannical gov't like the Constitution says?"

This was my response:

The problem with saying "mentally handicapped" is that the government would say that any sort of "counseling" or stress related medication, or drug and alcohol programs, can be considered "mental health" issues.

They can interpret one seeking advice for an inability to sleep as a "mental heath" issue, and like other issues, use it to deny an American from being able to own a firearm.

There is talk that children who have been treated with ADHD should not own firearms, and that people with OCD should not.

PTSD effects more Rape Victims than us who were in the military, many Rape Victims now carry concealed weapons for their protection, but if Liberal politicians had their way -- they too would lose their Constitutional Rights and not be able to own guns.

Where is the line drawn? It is one thing to say that all people who have been "committed" to a mental institution cannot own guns, but it is another thing to put a sort of Politically Correct Scarlet Letter on people just because they have sought mental health treatment for stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, impotency, and a array of other problems.

That was in March of 2013. Now with President Obama looking at a little over 575 days left in the Oval Office, reports are circulating that he will be putting out a number of Executive Orders to restrict the 2nd Amendment Rights of a millions of Americans.

The Hill reports that the Justice Department will move forward with more than a dozen gun-related regulations. The first round is expected to be finalized by November, with the rest implemented by the end of Obama’s term in office.

Many of the changes were called for following the Sandy Hook shooting three years ago. Gun control advocates made a major push in Congress to place new restrictions on the sale and ownership of guns, including the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013. The measures were defeated in the Democrat controlled Senate and never had a vote in the House.

Following the Sandy Hook shooting, Obama issued 23 executive actions intended to keep guns out of the hands of "potentially dangerous people."

Yes, classifying Americans as "potentially dangerous," will be done with the help of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) which will prohibit firearm ownership from Americans who have "mental heath" issues.

Problems with stress, binge eating, how about anorexia, ADHD, or erectile disorder? If you've sought help for these, since they are classified as "mental health" problems, your 2nd Amendment Rights may be at risk of being taken away.

Yes, Obama wants to prohibit anyone who has sought mental health treatment from being permitted to own a firearm. That translates into making millions of American ineligible for their 2nd Amendment Right based on medical needs.

Michael Hammond, legislative counsel for the Gun Owners of America stated,"The Obama administration is trying very hard to disqualify people from owning a gun on the basis that they are seeing a psychologist."

The NRA in statement earlier this spring noted: "A person who experienced a temporary reaction to a traumatic event or who has trouble handling household finances may well be treated the same as a violent psychopath. Not only is this unjust and stigmatizing, it creates disincentives for those who need mental health treatment to seek it, increasing whatever risks are associated with untreated mental illness."

What criteria will the Obama Administration be using? Well, the administration will be using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as a list to go by. So imagine Americans who are experiencing any of the following:
  • Acute Stress Disorder, 
  • Adjustment Disorder, 
  • Agoraphobia,
  • Alzheimer’s Disease, 
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse, 
  • Alcohol and Substance Dependence, 
  • Anorexia Nervosa, 
  • Anxiety Disorders, 
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD), 
  • Autism, 
  • Bereavement, 
  • Binge Eating Disorder, 
  • Bipolar Disorder, 
  • Bulimia Nervosa, 
  • Depression, 
  • Erectile Disorder (ED), 
  • Hoarding Disorder, 
  • Hypochondriasis, 
  • Insomnia Disorder, 
  • Kleptomania, 
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, 
  • Pain Disorder, 
  • Panic Attack, 
  • Paranoid Personality Disorder, 
  • Parkinson’s Disease, 
  • Pathological Gambling,
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), 
  • Pyromania, Mental Retardation, 
  • Multiple Personality Disorder, 
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder, 
  • Nightmare Disorder, 
  • Narcolepsy, 
  • Rapid Eye Movement, 
  • Sleep Behavior Disorder, 
  • Reading Disorder, 
  • Restless Legs Syndrome, 
  • Rumination Disorder, 
  • Schizoid Personality Disorder,
  • Schizophrenia, Specific Phobia, 
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder,
  • Sleepwalking Disorder, 
  • Stuttering, 
  • Tourette’s Disorder 
  • and this is only half of the list! 
Any of the above can make you ineligible for your 2nd Amendment Constitutional Right. And yes, there are a host of other "mental health" problems which are labeled as "mental illnesses" by DSM-5 which will "disqualify" you from owning a firearm as guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment -- if Obama gets his way.

So now the Obama Administration wants to use "mental health," and any of those listed in the DSM-5 as as a "disqualifier" to take away our 2nd Amendment Right. But frankly, it shouldn't surprise anyone. After all, when it comes to finding a reason to take away our Constitutional Rights -- the Obama administration is always thinking of ways to accomplish that mission. 

Some will write me to ask if Obama can target those folks who seek any sort of mental health assistance? Well, why not, he has put himself above the law. Besides, the Federal Government has the ability to access all of our medical records.

Knowing you can lose your Constitutional Rights by seeking help, you just may want to think twice before seeking counseling for your eating disorder, or your stress at work, or your insomnia problems, and just deal with it. 

And later when someone says why don't you get some counseling for something that may be bothering you, like say the loss of a loved one, you can honestly tell them that you can't because your Constitutional Rights are at stake. 

Can Obama do this legally? While it may be fought out in the courts for years, by bypassing Congress, Obama can take away your 2nd Amendment Rights even though you have not been convicted in a court of law -- all with just his signature.

And please remember this, why would he have to stop with just taking away your 2nd Amendment Right? Frankly, if your 2nd Amendment Right can be taken away even though you have never been convicted of a crime, then your other rights are at risk as well. 

I truly believe if Obama and the Left see that they can make millions of American ineligible to own a gun with simply the stroke of a president's pen, then nothing will stop Obama or the likes of Hillary Clinton from taking away our other Rights.

And yes, that's just the way I see it. 

Tom Correa





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