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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mental Health and Obamacare, the wedge of the gun grabbing left

Reprehensible political tactics aside, Obama's initiatives yesterday look like sensible, common sense approaches on the surface despite most not having any significant or direct impact on preventing another Sandy Hook.  There's a slim chance that better background check coordination would have kept guns out of the hands of the most recent madmen, but I see having a better background check process overall as something positive in a house cleaning it goes without saying type of way.  It will really depend on the language surrounding what the improvements turn out to be.  The devil is always in the details.

However, there were some that, after further reflection, made me think twice:

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

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 and Duncan on mental health.
As you can see, the above primarily center around the avenue of mental health.   The notion is that mentally unstable individuals should not possess firearms which I think we can all agree is a correct assessment.  I don't want to have to worry about some "crazy" person with a gun going off the deep end and just start shooting.  It's an avenue that both the right and left seem to agree.  
However, I'm urging caution, because as always, it's never that simple.  If you look at the above and read between the lines, you have Obamacare's (Affordable Care Act, ACA) power being put to use to monitor for supposedly mentally unstable individuals.  Here's how it ties together...
#14 is the base.  You use the CDC to come up with causes for gun violence.  Or in other words, discover the mental dispositions that supposedly lead to gun violence and then label them a disorder or a disease.  For sake of this article, let's just say the CDC comes up with something called "Deathly Violent Aggressionism" or DVA for short.  The trick here, however, is the disorder's symptoms will be so vague that nearly anyone who exhibits any type of aggression could be considered having DVA.
In #4, based on this research, the Attorney General declares that people diagnosed with DVA are considered "dangerous" individuals and therefore are not allowed to have guns. 
#16 and #17 serve as a tacit reminder that doctors must look for symptoms of DVA in their patients.  And if any patients exhibit the symptomatic behavior (as outlined by the CDC), they need to ask the patient if they own any weapons.  And naturally, if they do exhibit the behavior, such as the person getting aggressive (aka "It's none of your damn business whether or not I have guns"), the doctors should report any perceived threats to the authorities.
#20 - 22 ties the necessity for DVA screenings in with Obamacare's (Affordable Care Act, ACA) regulatory power.  Perhaps they'll become mandatory for every gun owner (so naturally they must be covered) as such that anyone that refuses to take the screening cannot own a firearm or must relinquish their firearm(s).  
And lastly #23 launches a "DVA Awareness" campaign meant to demonize and single out aggressive gun owners.  
All in all, it's a coordinated campaign using mental health as a wedge to keep guns out of the hands of people. Now I'm not slamming all mental health because I believe some of it is important, though I also feel some of it goes too far.  For example, it seems anyone that ever expresses any outrage or anger over a situation automatically has "anger issues" followed by a chorus of recoils and admonishments treating the person like this unstable psycho that could snap at any moment.   Now take that type of overdiagnosis, apply it to DVA, and you have the perfect recipe to keep guns out of the hands of people who may passionately oppose an ever encroaching leftist agenda.     
I'm aware of how tinfoil hat this seems, but keep in mind that it's always the "sensible" solutions that  have a lot of grey area that the left likes to exploit.  Time will tell whether I'm right or wrong, but keep an eye on how the mental health angle to our supposed "gun problem" plays out.