The Obama regime waited until Friday afternoon to announce their latest extra-legal edict to allow (read: force) states to provide mental health information to the national background check system in violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s privacy provisions.
It marks yet another instance where this regime has made up new “rules” or suspended enforcement of existing law in the health care field to suit its interests.
Obama administration proposes new executive actions on gun background checks
(FoxNews) – The Obama administration on Friday proposed two new executive actions to make it easier for states to provide mental health information to the national background check system, wading back into the gun control debate after a months-long hiatus.
Vice President Biden’s office announced the proposals Friday afternoon. Both 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.
One proposal would formally give permission to states to submit “the limited information necessary to help keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands,” without having to worry about the privacy provisions in a law known as HIPAA.
Who could be opposed to crazies being denied guns?
We have no problem with people who should be institutionalized being denied their firearm rights. However, there’s a lot of mental health treatment that should not result in a multi-year or lifetime ban on Second Amendment civil rights.
Ultimately the problem lies with how one defines “crazies”. Does that include anyone who has ever taken an anti-depressant? Anyone who’s ever taken a sedative? Anyone who has ever received “professional” mental health counseling? We’re sure the Obama regime would like to include all of the above alongside certifiable lunatics in their determination of who should be ineligible to own guns.