Rand Paul Seeks to Remove Anti-Gun Aspects of GOP Health Care Bill
(above from ObamaCare)
If you’ve been watching the news, you know that the U.S. Senate could vote on a “repeal and replace” health care bill, as early as next week.
But as always, this poses a certain danger for gun owners.
After all, I’m sure you know how medical information has been increasingly used in this country to impact our Second Amendment rights.
Just ask the 257,000 law-abiding vets who have lost their guns because they went to the VA for treatment.
Given this dismal record, it shouldn’t be hard to convince congressional Republicans who ran as supporters of the Second Amendment to make sure that their ObamaCare “repeal and replace” bill does not adversely impact guns.
So GOA is insisting that any comprehensive federal health package must make sure of three things:
1) Insurers cannot ask about gun ownership, or feed that information into a federal database, or discriminate or deny insurance to gun owners;
2) Federal mandates, that doctors keep digital records in a federal health database, cannot be used to force doctors to compile a federal health database; and,
3) The ATF must not be allowed to troll the federal health database for names that it could submit to the NICS list.
Sen. Rand Paul to Introduce Pro-gun Amendment
The good news is this: Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is prepared to offer an amendment on the Senate floor which would take care of all of these problems.
Now, Senator Paul opposes the entire health care “fix” bill.
But given that Senate Republicans may allow unlimited amendments to be offered to the bill, Senator Paul’s office has told Gun Owners of America that he is willing to offer an amendment to protect gun owners from the gun-related concerns in ObamaCare “Lite.”
It’s not that difficult to do. In 2009, Harry Reid’s manager’s amendment took care of the first and second problems.
And it would take a small technical correction to make sure that the Reid amendment continues to apply to the new options created by Congress’ new “repeal and replace” bill.
But, thus far, congressional Republicans have failed to do those small things. And their failure to act leaves us “hoping,” but with no assurance that this is the case.
In 2009, we predicted that the Obama administration would eventually use the database, that was institutionalized by the ObamaCare bill, to troll programs like Social Security for the names of people with PTSD or people with guardians — and would use that list to take away their guns.
It took only six years for this prediction to become a reality.
And, although a resolution passed under the Congressional Review Act probably prevents this from happening again, there is nothing to prevent the national health database for being trolled for PTSD, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s.
(This means, of course, that many seniors could forget about passing on their guns as an inheritance to their children and grandchildren.)
The bottom line is this: These are easy fixes.
And Senator Paul has stepped up to the plate to make them.
But he needs the support of other senators — especially those who claim to be pro-gun.
So please contact Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) and Sen. Tim Scott (R), and urge them to support the Paul amendment to the ObamaCare “repeal and replace” bill (H.R. 1628) — so that gun owners are protected.
The pre-written messages are especially designed to appeal to both Republican and Democrat Senators — and the email to Democrat Senators will point out that their former leader, Harry Reid, had previously endorsed similar language to the Paul amendment.
Article by Michael Hammond
July 14, 2017 BY:
The Women’s March held a protest outside NRA headquarters in Virginia on Friday morning, but the women of the Washington Free Beacon decided to march into the NRA range to exercise their Second Amendment rights instead.
True to the left’s habit of having one set of standards for itself and another set for the common man, participants in Friday’s Women’s March against the NRA and gun rights were surrounded by armed guards.
In fact, NRA TV showed Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory getting into a car with armed guards all around:
Ironically, one of the protest themes at the march was, “Real Men Don’t Need Guns,” which is lefty talk for disarming the public while making sure high-profile liberals continue to live ensconced behind layers of armed security.
Leftist agitators like Linda Sarsour and Shannon Watts hiring armed protection while demanding the rest of us turn in our guns into government bureaucrats is nothing new. Watts does the same every time she shows up to protest at the NRA annual meeting. Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who pays Watts millions to take away the Second Amendment rights of everyday Americans, doesn’t go anywhere without his security detail.
On April 27, 2014, Breitbart News reported that Everytown for Gun Safety spokeswoman Erika Soto Lamb defended the fact that the group uses armed security while fighting to disarm average Americans.
Lamb’s comments on the use of armed guards were made public in a reply to Twitter user “American Matters,” who asked, “Why do all the big anti-gun advocates have security who carry loaded guns? Would love to hear their justification.” Lamb responded, “Because ppl on ur side of debate threaten our lives. We r not anti-gun. Why do u criticize our security? Same u want 4 self.”
Lamb went on to suggest Everytown is not seeking a ban on guns altogether but limits on who can have them. She said, “As long as you’re not a felon, dangerously mentally ill or other prohibited purchaser, it’s all good.” But this is not an accurate statement, because Everytown and Moms Demand Action are both aligned against national concealed carry reciprocity for law-abiding citizens.
If leftists would be honest, they would just come out and say they want to see the common man placed under strict controls while the ruling class gets to carry on with business as usual. In such a scenario the left could continue to move in and out of society under the constant watch of armed guards, all the while arguing–and even marching–for the disarmament of the common man.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org