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Feds Are Spending Billions to Help States Avoid Privacy Laws to Ban Firearm OwnershipTim King Salem-News.com
New proposals would add mental health issues and minor drug convictions to the list of those blocked from buying or possessing guns.
(SALEM) - (ALso see related article: EXCLUSIVE: Feds Tell Veteran He Will Lose 2nd Amendment Rights Because of PTSD)
Documents from the United States Government Accountability Office "Report to Congressional Requesters" published in July
For years, the federal government, in their own words, has reward(d) and penalize(d) states based on the amount of records they provide. The government wants states to help the DOJ and other agencies peel back the privacy laws and rights that block federal access to state records1.
The GAO's Report to Congressional Requesters, states that from fiscal years 2000 through 2007, "almost $940,000 in NCHIP grants were specifically targeted to improve the availability of mental health record for use during NICS background checks". This does not even account for the funds used to gain information on minor drug convictions; not felonies, but misdemeanors.
According to the GAO document:
It is interesting. As anyone who reads the GAO report will gather, these efforts to create a scenario that allows the seizure of guns from groups of Americans who have historically enjoyed their rights as U.S. citizens, were steadily in place in fiscal year 2000 and they are also clearly referenced as having been launched in 2007. The government states in another portion of the report:
Fair enough, but it was underway well before that also.
Not a New Story
FOX News reported earlier this month, that Vice President Biden's office announced the proposal of two new executive actions to make it easier for states to provide mental health information to the national background check system.
Both of the proposals pertain to the ability of states to provide information about the mentally ill and those seeking mental health treatment to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. While the proposals are new, the effort according to the GAO is well more than a decade old2.
According to statistics published by the National Institute for Mental health, "An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year3 4.
The new proposals would obviously create a hesitancy among the mentally ill to seek treatment, which seemingly would reverse any progress gained from eroding the rights of those who seek help.
Taking Guns from American War Heroes
Our research into letters the VA has dispatched to Veterans suffering the effects of PTSD, directing them to turn in their firearms under the Brady Bill, has led to one disturbing revelation after another. Each part of what we reveal is directly from government documents and letters.
Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, like Pat Kirby, in Myrtle Creek, Oregon, are at the top of the government's new plan to quietly disarm those suspected of having mental illness5.
He received a letter stating that he would have to turn his firearms in after the VA deemed him "incompetent" because his wife has always handled the family's finances, and he does not, though he says he could.
Doctors have confirmed that Pat Kirby does not suffer from mental illness. His combat PTSD is a physical wound from four tours in the Vietnam War, where he served with distinction and was awarded some of this nation's top military medals and commendations.
The letter telling Mr. Kirby that he can not own guns any longer, is the type of thing that could cause mental illness, and it is doubtless that Vets receiving this letter all over are having their PTSD triggered by the news6. Though we have not been able to confirm the number, upwards of 160,000 Veterans have reportedly received the same letter Mr. Kirby received. It is easy to imagine how reluctant PTSD Veterans will be to seek care after hearing this story.
One can only imagine how far these billions might have gone toward help American Veterans who are so lacking in backlogged, VA medical care, which is Pat Kirby's story; being told he has to wait up to 18 months for an operation, etc.
We also know that for years, VA representatives guilt Vietnam Veterans out of scheduling expensive procedures. Older Vets are told that Veterans from the current wars will "suffer" due to limited resources. We know of multiple cases of Vietnam Vets forgoing surgeries and other health procedures for this exact reason.
It was also reported by Daily Clash that a psychiatrist in New York has disclosed having received a bonus of $3,000 from the federal government for every Veteran he adds to the list of those whose gun rights have been terminated. Interestingly, the video with the doctor in New York was killed by YouTube. Our video on Pat Kirby with over 23,000 views, was also pulled by YouTube on 22 January 2014 and then mysteriously was restored, with all of the views no longer registered.
It Doesn't Take a Felony
Power 105 FM in New York City carried an article last July, about a career U.S. Army veteran in Texas who was fighting for his Second Amendment rights after learning that a misdemeanor pot conviction from 1971 disqualified him from ever owning a gun. I think it is fair to assume that most Americans believe only a felony can prevent a person from owning a gun7.
The government's choice to add minor marijuana offenses to the list of things that make a person incapable of owning a gun legally, is another shocking tactic, considering that marijuana is now legal across half of the American states. Also last week's New Yorker article with President Barack Obama's suggestion that marijuana no longer be viewed in a negative way, make the next story all the more incredulous.
"Ron Kelly, who retired from the Army in 1993 after 20 years of service, was recently turned away when he tried to buy a .22-cal rifle at a Wal-Mart in Tomball, Texas, after a computerized background check flagged the 42-year-old arrest. The story was on the front page of the Houston Chronicle in July, 20138.
Bear in mind that the last three U.S. Presidents have all admitted to having used marijuana. Apparently the disclosure of having broken the law in the past carries no penalty from being president, only owning a gun. There is no question that we are entering a new period of issues relating to the Second Amendment. Where the NRA is in all of this, is unknown.
It is difficult to conclude the total amount the U.S. government is spending to undermine state privacy laws. The following quote confirms that billions have been spent, nearly that much was allotted in 2009, when, "... states spent $89.6 million (7 percent of total funds for that year) on information sharing projects, such as initiatives to increase records provided to NICS."
The following is from the GAO:
23 January 2014
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