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posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 01:14 PM
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A doctor will be allowed to pronounce you mentally unfit to own a gun. Thereby denying you the right to bear arms.


This is not true. Doctors are only being encouraged to report patients they feel are a threat.


17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.


The following is the one that is really concerning...


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.


It's hard to tell because it's so vague, but this could potentially be a significant threat to privacy. It sounds like they want to bypass HIPPA to research your medical records for any signs of mental illness for background checks. At that point, they can make a subjective determination based on what they find while digging through your medical history.

In both cases, these actions will tend to:

1) Make doctors trigger-happy on reporting anything that might be considered dangerous, for fear a patient might do something bad in the future and they want their hands clean.

2) Make Patients stop being honest with their doctors for fear of them reporting every little thing they say. Dream therapy may be dead as a result


To me, these are counterproductive to the claimed intent of the actions.




posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 01:19 PM
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You bring up a good point here. The vagueness of the wording in these actions is left for a lot of interpretation and I think that was done on purpose thereby sucking up as much power as the government can with just a few simple words. The government has already made it so that the public fears the police force hired to protect them, now they want to make it so that they fear the doctors hired to save their lives. This is just more in a long line of fears designed to make it so that the public fears everyone. How can the populous rise up if no one trusts each other?
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posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 01:22 PM
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Originally posted by luciddream
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OK if they can make all these things, why do they always default to the guns?

im sure there is something, why almost all modern serial killers are going for guns instead of higher collateral damage like a bomb?

Simple, its easy to obtain, anywhere, by anyone, anytime.




Incorrect, on a number of points. First of all, most "serial killers" do NOT use guns as you suggest. Some do, but many tend to use knives, strangulation, occasionally poison, etc. You are confusing "serial killers" with "mass murderers." There is a big difference. Go look up the differing definitions and profiles and you'll easily see what I mean. in short, "mass murderers" tend to do all their killing in one "spree" like columbine, or sandy hook. On the other hand "serial killers" tend to be slower, methodical, and plan out (or at least spread out over time) their victims. Like The Son of Sam, Albert Fish, The Boston Strangler, etc....

Bombs are also relatively easy to make. However, that is, of course, not as easy as acquiring a gun in most cases, as you suggest. I'll concede to that point. But bombs are also less personal. And the "mass killer" is usually an angry type of person. Taking people out one-by-one is something that someone angry and disillusioned is more likely to "enjoy." They could just as easily employ a knife or something else for this style of killing.

Like bombs, I'm sure you're aware that simple firearms can be "manufactured" by amateurs, sometimes using household items. I can't link you to instructions or describe this as per the rules of the site, but it's not hard to figure out. Even people in prisons have made firearms from objects available to them-- that should tell you how "do-able" it really is.

The bottom line is that if someone is determined to kill, they are going to do it. Banning guns does not and will not keep you safer.

Note that many/most mass shootings take place in gun-restricted states/areas. Especially schools, where no one is supposed to have a gun. Note that people do not attempt mass shootings in places where there are "good" people with guns. Up to and including the fancy private schools that people like Obama send their kids to, with armed guards, etc. It is true that usually all it takes to stop a bad person with a gun, is a good person with a gun. That's why people call the cops, when there's someone with a gun. It's just that usually, with the way the laws are in most places, they're the only ones who are allowed to carry guns around with them.

Or as one of my favorite sayings goes-- "if you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns." And this is generally true. What's so safe about that?



posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 01:25 PM
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and that is the point, to make it look like your nuts to want a fire arm, of any kind ,
to hunt is to kill,
to target shoot is to have fun,
to defend ones self is an act of aggression.
Do you see how that could prevent any one from buy owning or having a fire arm ??
I do



posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 01:58 PM
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What is wrong with doctors? They are experts whose testimony will stand up in the court of law. Who do you think should be declaring whether someone is mentally sound and not a danger to him or herself and the community at large? Should that be the governments call? The persons mother? Their peers? The community? Doctors are the professionals we trust with these judgements and recommendations. This is common sense at the bottom of it.



posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 01:58 PM
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None of it makes any difference because it hasn't been enforced in the past.
It won't be enforced now. We urge every American, even the psychotics and violent criminals to arm themselves. This sells more guns and the gun business is one of those business that profits no matter who wins. They are like our own little military industrial complex and I am sure someone has warned us of the potential danger of that type organization becoming behemoths.

Who was that great speech by? Was it Eisenhower? Forgive my forgetting but I am old, soon to be gone, and hardly care if the world does not learn from lessons past.


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posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 02:07 PM
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Dear OP,

I can understand your feeling over this matter, and on most points, I can agree with you.

NOT ALL mentally unstable humans will become mass slaughterers, but the ones who do commit mass slaughtering is certainly not sane.

The issue is how we define 'mentally ill'. Would a General Practitioner ( doctor) suffice? Or at the least, a national board of inquiry independent of the govt, made up of experienced pyschology experts, to determine if one who is on 'controlled substances' as well as the truly violent to be declared dangerous individuals, the way the supreme court operates?

While we may identify that it is NOT the tool that kills, but the human, however, at the same time, we mankind will not want ANYONE who is disagreeable to the rulers or political dissenters be labelled as 'mentally unstable' and denied of their rights.

Conspiracy theorists would fit right in - those who believed that 911 was an inside job as they believed it to be and that they will courageously stand up to protect the 2nd amendment. It will be them that will be deemed as mentally unfit, if a GP came to know and then that guy, who is merely only speaking up freely on their beliefs and honestly on the part of defending the 2nd amendment, get his arms revoked and justified through the media as a nutcase.

That example is just to show how easy it is to deprive one of constitutional rights. It has happened in China, N Korea, Iran, and many other dictatorships, to silence the rest. Is this the road USA, the beacon of Democracy and Human Rights, wants to go?

Fighting VIOLENCE by humans will be a great challenge. Our ancestors fought long and hard and had only small but significant success. It will be tough, but we cannot say it is impossible, do nothing, or at worst, eliminate tools and foolishly think violence will then go away.

And MOST CRITICALLY, when one is declared mentally ill, it MUST NOT STOP there, but ensure through research, funding and affordable treatment, to help that fellow citizen be mentally well again to rejoin society, so that NONE gets left behind.
edit on 23-1-2013 by SeekerofTruth101 because: (no reason given)



posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 02:18 PM
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Originally posted by newcovenant
reply to post by Krazysh0t
 


What is wrong with doctors? They are experts whose testimony will stand up in the court of law. Who do you think should be declaring whether someone is mentally sound and not a danger to him or herself and the community at large? Should that be the governments call? The persons mother? Their peers? The community? Doctors are the professionals we trust with these judgements and recommendations. This is common sense at the bottom of it.


A jury of your peers after having been arrested and tried for committing a felony are the people who can take away your rights. Just because a doctor can provide expert testimony in court doesn't mean we should give them the power to strip our rights. A doctor may be biased, he may have graduated from some quack medical school. How would you feel if the doctor who said you are unfit to own a gun was someone like Doctor Nick from the Simpsons? Now I know this is an extreme example, but trusting one person's opinion on a matter no matter how qualified they are to make it is a bad road to follow.

A doctor is hired to help you get well when you are sick or help you heal when you are hurt. Their job mandate does not include restricting rights from Americans because the person they are treating may or may not be a threat to others.



posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 02:23 PM
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But since we agree that not all mentally ill people should be called unfit then where do you draw the line? Make it a judgment call? Well judgments differ from person to person. So one doctor can say that you are mentally unfit while another may say you are just fine. Which doctor is right? I'm sure the government would love to side with the first one to take you guns away.

Like iwilliam pointed out earlier, even when you get a second or third opinion on a diagnosis a doctor may go into the interview with bias in their mind after having reading your records.

In the end while letting some dangerous people own guns (until they physically become a threat to others by committing a dangerous crime) may result in deaths when they finally snap, its is only the sure fire way to keep the guns out of dangerous people. Afterall what is to prevent a mentally unfit person from just lying about his symptoms so that he isn't deemed unfit to own a gun? Yet the honest person who just wants to defend themselves from the first person gets denied the right to own a gun because they told the truth to a doctor/psychiatrist.



posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 02:30 PM
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Explanation: LMAO! :shk:


Crazy people shouldn't own guns. End of story. People who are deemed a threat to others.


I am legally insane ... I am on the disability support pension in Australia and have been on it for almost 20yrs and I am 40yrs old.

I am a paranoid schizophrenic with extremely violent tendencies and one of the top psychiatrist accurately labled me a highly intelligent sociopathic psychopath.

Here is the thing .. crazy does NOT = Stupid .. I have a functioning IQ of 125.

I don't need the hassle or the grief that comes with trying to buy and legally own a gun and or ammo.

However I can use DIY off the shelf stuff to WREAK HAVOC AND MAYHEM on a VERY LARGE SCALE.

Do NOT make me detail those for you ok!


But they are indeed mostly obvious.


By the way ... I AM A Weapon BY DEFAULT AND SO ARE YOU! :bash:

Further more ... everybody on the planet is contained within the DSM-IV and or the DSM-V [pick one ..your in both ok] and therefor everybody, including the Doctors themselves, are INSANE!

It is ONLY a case of are you legally insane or illegally insane


My Brain is the most important weapon I carry on me at all times ... and unlike a gun ... it sleeps ON the pillow ... not under it or on some side table!


Personal Disclosure: Be afraid ok! :shk:


However if you want to claim that sane people are safe ... look at Timothy McVeigh and Andrew Breivick as evidence to the contrary ok!


Laws DO NOT PREVENT anything ... they only punish after the fact and thats pretty useless agaisn't somebody who is suicidal.


Guns are the least of anybodies problem.

SO WAKE UP AND SMELL THE NAPALM OK!

edit on 23-1-2013 by OmegaLogos because: Edited to fix spelling.



posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 02:44 PM
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Originally posted by newcovenant
reply to post by Krazysh0t
 


What is wrong with doctors? They are experts whose testimony will stand up in the court of law. Who do you think should be declaring whether someone is mentally sound and not a danger to him or herself and the community at large? Should that be the governments call? The persons mother? Their peers? The community? Doctors are the professionals we trust with these judgements and recommendations. This is common sense at the bottom of it.



It depends on which doctors you mean, and in which situations. To say that "doctors should alert when a patient is mentally ill and/or owning a gun," is pretty vague, and theoretically could include Primary Care / Medical doctors.

The fact of the matter is that medical doctors are simply NOT professionals when it comes to mental illness and they would not be allowed to testify to a person's mental health in a court of law, as you imply.

A psychiatrist, of course, is a different matter.
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posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 10:57 PM
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Originally posted by iwilliam

Actually, if you're taking something like Adderall or Ritalin or Concerta for your ADD, then you are already not allowed to own a gun!

There are already laws on the books stating that if you are taking a "controlled substance" you can not have a gun. Since these increasingly commonly-prescribed medications are considered "controlled substances" this would mean you, and anyone like you.


Please furnish a reference to any FEDERAL laws that substantiate your claim.
If you're referring to the ATF 4373 form, that only applies to purchasing a gun from a dealer.
If you're referring to local laws, then so be it - I'm not interested in a reference.
I am not aware of any Federal laws that meet your criterion.

With respect,

ganjoa



posted on Jan, 24 2013 @ 02:18 AM
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I am a paranoid schizophrenic with extremely violent tendencies and one of the top psychiatrist accurately labled me a highly intelligent sociopathic psychopath.


You shouldn't have a gun. Sorry.



posted on Jan, 24 2013 @ 03:26 AM
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Such hypocrisy from gun owners...always love to point out the "not to be infringed" part..telling the world the government cannot stop anyone from owning a gun or instill rules on gun ownership.

Yet they are fine when felons and crazy people have their rights "INFRINGED" upon. If you are to follow your own BS..then you should be angry that these people are having their right to own guns being infringed upon.


Of course I am against these fools owning a gun but I am just pointing out your own propaganda about that no one can stop anyone from owning guns on America..you know the one you love to point out "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed"
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posted on Jan, 24 2013 @ 04:19 AM
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Originally posted by Krazysh0t
A doctor will be allowed to pronounce you mentally unfit to own a gun. Thereby denying you the right to bear arms.


Clever.

And I suppose anyone who thinks differently to what the government would like will be labelled "mentally ill"?



posted on Jan, 24 2013 @ 04:28 AM
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If you want to own a gun in order to prevent a government tyranny, you are paranoid and hence mentally ill and hence unfit to own a gun, any gun.

The only sane reasons for wanting to own a gun are personal safety and (duck) hunting. Since you don't need semi-autos for them, no one can have a semi-auto.

Of course, Obama believes in the second amendment.


ETA: So here is the modus operandi to get the guns. First identify those with semi-autos. When any of them can be taken in for questioning for any reason whatsoever (including as witness to something), send them for a psychiatric evaluation. Get an evaluation of mentally ill and unfit to own a firearm determination from the government psychiatrist and confiscate his/her guns. Of course, they don't have to do it for each and everyone. Only a small sample and the rest will get the message. If they government has any semi-auto buy back options, people will be queueing up to surrender their semi-autos, so that they can keep the others.
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posted on Jan, 24 2013 @ 08:50 AM
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Originally posted by Observor
If you want to own a gun in order to prevent a government tyranny, you are paranoid and hence mentally ill and hence unfit to own a gun, any gun.



And this is really the only reason weapons in the hands of the people is protected under the 2nd amendment.....the only reason its mentioned.

For those that may not know, durring the social purges in the USSR after WWII "mental illness" sent a good many millions to the gulags. It was a certain type of "mental illness" which is protected in the constitution of the United States....called disagreeing with offical state and party positions. We have all that, in its many forms, covered here as protected under constitutional amendments, in our national charter.

Modern libs have been well indoctrinated in the Russian/Soviet model. On the other hand many republicans and dems have just been dumbed down enough to think that the 2nd amendment is a "bubba" hunting and target shooting thingy.....and are thus unsophisticated political fools.



posted on Jan, 24 2013 @ 11:22 AM
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Explanation: And you shouldn't have oxygen ... it the reason for all fires on earth you know!


Personal Disclosure: Dangerous people such as yourself who would deny others the right of self defence should definately be kept away from dangeorus stuff like oxygen ok!

edit on 24-1-2013 by OmegaLogos because: Edited word placement for clarity.
edit on 24-1-2013 by OmegaLogos because: Edited to fix spelling.



posted on Jan, 24 2013 @ 12:29 PM
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Originally posted by Observor
If you want to own a gun in order to prevent a government tyranny, you are paranoid and hence mentally ill and hence unfit to own a gun, any gun.

The only sane reasons for wanting to own a gun are personal safety and (duck) hunting. Since you don't need semi-autos for them, no one can have a semi-auto.

Of course, Obama believes in the second amendment.


ETA: So here is the modus operandi to get the guns. First identify those with semi-autos. When any of them can be taken in for questioning for any reason whatsoever (including as witness to something), send them for a psychiatric evaluation. Get an evaluation of mentally ill and unfit to own a firearm determination from the government psychiatrist and confiscate his/her guns. Of course, they don't have to do it for each and everyone. Only a small sample and the rest will get the message. If they government has any semi-auto buy back options, people will be queueing up to surrender their semi-autos, so that they can keep the others.
edit on 24-1-2013 by Observor because: (no reason given)




This is one of the dumbest things I've read in a while on so many levels.

First of all, if what you say is true (which it's not-- about people who feel the need to protect against tyranny being mentally ill) then that would make the framers of our constitution ill. I wouldn't expect someone brainwashed and programmed to be subservient to a monarchy to understand this, so i guess you're to be forgiven for it. As the other member points out, they used "mental illness" as an excuse to single out dissenters in the communist countries. It's a very old tactic.

Second, you don't need a "semi auto" for personal protection? OR hunting? Do you even have any clue what a "semi auto" is? And if you do (doubtful from your comment) please do explain why you wouldn't need one for either activity? When you're finished I'll let you know why you would.

And why mention "(duck) hunting"? This one's not all that important, but I'm curious at this point. Hunting a deer isn't sane? Are you one of those easily-emotionally-manipulatable people who thinks hunting killing one type of animal (birds) is acceptable, while killing fuzzy cute mammals is evil? Or were you just trying to give an example? Just curious. And maybe trying to get a gauge for your...er... mental state.

That last paragraph really wins it (the stupid contest, that is... first prize) and proves that not only are you pro-tyranny (hence invalidating your first point) but shows that you know absolutely nothing of rights in the US, and further proving why foreigners (and ignorant whelps, for that matter) should not be taken seriously in discussions like this. The govt does not have the right to subject people to psych testing at their will. Only in very select situations. You have to be trying to plea insanity, or otherwise have your sanity questioned for a valid reason-- they're usually reluctant to do this to the offender in a criminal case, as being proven "insane" might give the defense leeway to get that person out of a lengthy jail sentence. Further, they have no right to make a "witness" see a shrink. So really, all that verbiage did nothing but show what a good little comrade you are, cheerleading for the state, and reduced rights.



posted on Jan, 24 2013 @ 01:05 PM
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You all are missing the ESSENTIAL point here.....
The reasoning is to put more people who have to approve of your ownership between you and your GOD GIVEN rights......
There is NO HIGHER AUTHORITY PERIOD!
What you submit to is YOUR own foolishness....!





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