Let me preface this rant with the honest statement that I am 100% in favor of legitimate background checks for firearm owners. However, I do not believe that funneling tainted, biased, adverse information about medical patients to the government is ever legitimate.
The recent and expected spate of executive orders includes allowing doctors the ability to prevent some patients from obtaining firearms. While this sounds fine on the surface it, as per so many rights restricting laws, regulations and executive edicts, is so loosely written that it is ripe for abuse.
First, let’s take the doctors who are adverse to gun ownership. Any doctor, no matter what his or her training or particular discipline, can now declare a patient a threat or incompetent. If a patient is on a medication previously prescribed by that or another physician it may be a limiting factor. We know that synthetic pharmaceuticals are often prescribed that have potential side effects. Those potential side effects might, in themselves, provide excuse for some doctors to report the patient as incompetent to possess a firearm whether or not the patient experiences any side effects.
If a doctor is of an anti-gun mindset the prescription sets up the perfect situation to prevent an otherwise sane and capable person from obtaining or possessing the ability to protect oneself. The patient may never be able to access the information behind his or her background check rejection and is thus unable to refute it.
Second, we have trained and capable active duty and military veterans who may express to their doctor that they tend to flinch when hearing a car backfire or other loud noises. Such a statement could subject these men and women to a diagnosis of PTSD and rule them ineligible to own firearms without further explanation.
Third, we have patriotic combat veterans who might be classified under the Marxist’s fiat eruption as potential terrorists. The Department of Homeland Security report (IA-0257-09) contains the phrasing “returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to right-wing extremists. DHS/I&A is concerned that right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to boost their violent capabilities.”
Also within the above linked document are the irrational administration fears that people concerned with illegal immigration, increasing federal power, restrictions on firearms, abortion and the loss of U.S. sovereignty could be mentally ill for holding extremist views. In other words, if you believe differently from the current administration, you are a right-wing extremist and must be controlled.
Yes, I am in favor of comprehensive background checks. I also believe that every citizen has the Second Amendment right to protect themselves against terrorists and extremists even if those extremists are government officials. I am not in favor of government regulating citizens by using executive dictates to undermine the U.S. Constitution.