The gun-prohibitionists are taking full advantage of last weeks'
horrific killings at Virginia Tech University to push more "gun-control"
legislation in the form of HR 297, The NICS Improvement Act of 2007.
Introduced back in January by Representative Carolyn McCarthy (aka
the "Queen of Gun Control"), HR 297 is intended among other
things to dangerously broaden the definition of "mental illness"
for the purpose of denying firearms purchases.
Section (102)(c)(3) states:
"The State shall make available to the Attorney General
... the name and other relevant identifying information of persons
adjudicated as mentally defective or those committed to mental institutions
to assist the Attorney General in enforcing section 922(g)(4) of
title 18, United States Code."
Can you imagine? ANYONE who has been to a mental institution or "adjudicated
as mentally defective" would have their name and identifying
information sent to the federal government.
It doesn't matter if you needed assistance coping with the devastating
loss of a loved one or combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder.
It doesn't matter if you only stayed for a night to reassure a worried
spouse. Regardless of circumstances, your information would be still
be submitted and you would no longer be permitted to purchase a firearm.
The NRA is unabashedly enthusiastic about HR 297. They cheerfully
assure us that the bill is designed to "fix problems" with
recordkeeping while improving the availability of criminal history
and "other" records for conducting background checks. (
Perhaps they should consider the words of President Lyndon B. Johnson,
who said, "You do not examine legislation in the light of the
benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light
of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly
As an educational organization, JPFO is not permitted to have a particular
stance on this or any other legislation, but we do know flawed logic
when we see it. So does Gun Owners of America, who calls HR 297 a
"bureaucratic fishing expedition into your private records, including
your financial, employment, and hospital records." ( http://www.gunowners.org/a042307.htm
In theory, if you were found not to have a mental illness, your name
could be removed from the list. But in this day and age of such pyschiatric
diagnoses as "Oppositional Defiance Disorder" and "Caffeine
Dependence Syndrome", what's the likelihood of escaping without
such a label?
The unintended consequences are obvious to any thinking person. As
a result of HR 297, more people who do need mental help will avoid
getting it. Fearing the consequent loss of their rights, individuals
will refuse to visit a therapist or mental facility, and will therefore
be MORE likely to "snap" when the pressure becomes too great
In one fell swoop, HR 297 will totally negate the decades of progress
that have been made in de-stigmatizing mental therapy, while increasing
the likelihood of repeating last Monday's slaughter.
Naturally, like any other "gun control" legislation, HR
297 would be enforced by the BATFE, giving them even more power to
harrass and intimidate gun owners and dealers.
Way to go, Rep. McCarthy.
- The Liberty Crew
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