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Sounds Like A Tyrant To Me

Obama Trying For Another Legislative End Run



Blocked by Congress from expanding gun sale background checks, President Obama is turning to actions within his own power to keep people from buying a gun who are prohibited for mental health reasons.

Federal law bans certain mentally ill people from purchasing firearms, but not all states are providing data to stop the prohibited sales to the FBI’s background check system. A federal review last year found 17 states contributed fewer than 10 mental health records to the database, meaning many deemed by a judge to be a danger still could have access to guns.

The Obama administration was starting a process Friday aimed at removing barriers in health privacy laws that prevent some states from reporting information to the background check system. The action comes two days after the Senate rejected a measure that would have required buyers of firearms online and at gun shows to pass a background check. That’s already required for shoppers at licensed gun dealers.

Stung by the defeat, Obama vowed to keep up the fight for the background check expansion but also to do what he could through executive action.


I don’t know if this is serious, or if it’s just more petulant smoke and mirrors from Teh Won. And I really don’t know how much Executive Action other presidents have done, but I’m getting pretty sick and tired of this shizz. I think it’s time for some new laws, maybe even a Constitutional Amendment, limited and specifying the power of the President. No more self-appointed un-vetted “czars”. No more “executive actions”. Or damn few. Everything goes through the Legislature, the way it is supposed to. Obama’s constant use of these things really smacks of tyranny.


“Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities,” Obama said from the Rose Garden shortly after the Senate voted. “We’re going to address the barriers that prevent states from participating in the existing background check system.”

Obama also mentioned giving law enforcement more information about lost and stolen guns and establishing emergency plans for schools. Those measures were among the 23 executive actions the president signed in January when he announced his broader push for tighter gun laws in response to a mass shooting of first-graders and staff at Newtown, Conn.’s Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The Health and Human Services Department on Friday was beginning to ask for public comment on how the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, passed by Congress in 1996 and known as HIPAA, is preventing some states from reporting to the background check system and how to address the problem. Under HIPAA, health care providers such as hospitals may release limited information to police, but only in certain circumstances such as when a court is involved.


Well, so much for privacy. Let’s just take that existing HIPAA law and throw it away because it’s inconvenient. Tyranny!

From what I’ve heard, mental health professionals have been given a binary choice when it comes to people looking to buy guns. All or nothing. And I’ve heard from a couple doctors that the word on the medical street is that no shrink in his right mind is ever, ever, going to say YES, because that just might put him in a liability position. So maybe gun owners had better take up Tai Chi, Transcendental Meditation, Rolfing, or somesuch to get their heads on straight, along with swearing off the anti-depressants and the anti-anxiety meds everyone else is on. And don’t ever lie down on that iconic couch.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/20/2013 at 09:14 AM   
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