Because freedom can't protect itself
Do you know about what is already happening in NYS re the NYSAFE Act? There is a virtual witch hunt going on against pistol permit holders who have been prescribed anti-anxiety or SSRI medications. An Erie County resident lost his permit for being on zoloft. The State Police now claim "oops, we had the wrong guy." Monroe County's pistol permit application process now requires people to waive their HIPAA rights completely as a precondtion to applying for a permit. I know the Second Amendment is not your favorite part of the Constitution, but will you stand by while this blatant attack on medical privacy and the rights of disabled people goes forward? Please look into what is happening. The SAFE Act requires that mental health professionals report patients who they deem "a danger to themselves or others", but does not authorize this wholesale fishing expedition into the medial records of anyone who has ever sought counseling or treatment for any reason, which is what Monroe County is requiring to be disclosed. Here is the link to the pdf of the application containing the required release:
It's already a felony to lie on a Form 4473, including the question of whether or not you are the intended recipient of the weapon. A straw purchase is already illegal, but the Vice President has rather cavalierly stated that they don't have the manpower or the funding to (paraphrasing) "go after everyone who ticks the wrong box". So can someone explain to me the point of creating a harsher penalty for a law that's already not being fully enforced? Or is it just feel-good blather put forward to soothe the minds of people who don't know how the laws already in effect work?
The Public Safety And Second Amendment Rights Protection Act, aka the Manchin-Toomey bill, has nothing to do with gun rights for me. I have no intention of ever buying a gun but nevertheless my personal health records will be shared at the very least with NICS.
I think that's true but the bill is very unclear on privacy matters. Certainly current law prohibits those "adjudicated or committed" for mental health reasons from owning a gun AND we may assume the intent of waiving HIPAA privacy is to authorize states to share these mental health records WHETHER or NOT that person has applied for a gun permit.
But I'm not lawyer, I don't see any limitation on whose records will be shared. Further, I don't see any limitations on who will use this database and for what other purposes.
I don't care, b/c I'm a gunshot victim. Shot in the back three times by a robber who bought his gun then the same way he could NOW if he got out of prison.
He went to Nevada to a gun show and bought the guns without alerting ANYbody to the fact b/c he never needed a background check. And he could still do that today if the Parole Board of California decides to be stupid and let him out on Early Release.
I believe in a Second Amendment right, I guess. I mean my brother's a hunter and he's had guns his whole life, but he's never had semi-automatics that could be turned FULLY automatic with the flick of a switch, and he doesn't hunt with what most people call assault rifles and which ARE that according to state standards. He also doesn't get his jollies by shooting up mass numbers of people.
I also believe you should leave the Second Amendment alone, don't "repeal it" like SOME gun control people want to do. The Second Amendment didn't shoot me. A person did, and it was someone who had alREADY received a charge for gun violence beFORE he shot me and the other guy.
If he'd been FORCED to do a background check, he would NOT have been able to buy all the ammunition without alerting police, but they didn't even want BACKGROUND checks to pass the vote and back then background checks DIDN'T pass.
That's when I gave up all hope in humanity when it comes to the NRA board of directors. If they don't even want background checks for EVERYone - no exceptions - then Stephen King was right when he called their lot "street-savvy gun pimps."
They care more about sales than anything else, even though there are literally hundreds of thousands of weapons already out there.
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