Using “Mental Health” to Take Away Guns

On this issue Obama is getting some help from unlikely places: Speaker of the House John Boehner and the National Rifle Association. On Thursday, in response to the second Fort Hood attack, Boehner said, “There’s no question that those with mental health issues should be prevented from owning weapons or being able to purchase weapons. We need to continue to look to find a way to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.”

This echoes a refrain that emanated from the NRA immediately following the Sandy Hook massacre. Said the group’s chief executive Layne LaPierre, “How can we possibly even guess how many [Lanzas are out there] given our nation’s refusal to create an active national database of the mentally ill?”

In a surprisingly lucid summary of the strategy of the gun controllers to use “mental health” as the entering wedge first to create a national database of all gun owners, the Washington Post pointed out that, in the past, the states had primary responsibility and authority to devise their own systems of laws and regulations concerning the ownership of firearms by their citizens. Many, in fact, have stronger limitations than does the federal government under the Gun Control Act of 1968, which prohibits gun sales to individuals who have been committed to a mental institution or who have been “adjudicated as a mental defective.”

FK – Republicrats and the safari club leaders of the No Rights that aren’t Allowed group are very dangerous parts of the problem.

If the NRA was what it claims it would be actively pushing to repeal GCA ’68 and the NFA.

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