OK-SAFE, Inc. – Using children as set pieces, President Obama today outlined a list of “Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions” dealing with expanding the ways by which government would have the means to limit people’s right to self-defense and their ability to resist a tyrannical government.
As always, the government’s solutions would involve the collection of more data about the American people, and the use of technology.
For instance, several of the administration’s recommendations dealt with removing the barriers to information sharing between the feds and state, or other entities, for the purpose of conducting background checks on purchasers/owners of guns (#1, 2, 3, 5, and 6).
Another recommendation was to use the CDC (Center for Disease Control) to study the causes of “this epidemic of violence” (#14), which of course will require access to more detailed personal data on people and their mental conditions. Another one suggested amending HIPAA to allow government access the medical records for background checks to see if, well, whether folks 1) have a mental illness and 2) own a gun. (#2 and #16). More information sharing.
[This brings us to an interesting point regarding those intrusive medical questionnaires: NEVER admit to feeling “depressed” and NEVER answer questions about owning a gun. Your answers become a permanent part of your electronic health record and can later be used against you. This recommendation was provided to us by a nurse who has been instructed to always ask her (post operative) patients if they felt sad or depressed. The nurse recommended not answering the question, especially since feeling a bit “depressed” after surgery was normal and usually temporary; but by answering “yes” to that question becomes a permanent part of your health record and can later be construed as evidence of mental illness. What a racket.]
Listed below is the list of Executive Actions sought, as posted by C-SPAN on January 16, 2013.
THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary
January 16, 2013
Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions
Today, the President is announcing that he and the Administration will:
- Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
- Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
- Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
- Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
- Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
- Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
- Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
- Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
- Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
- Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
- Nominate an ATF director.
- Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
- Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
- Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
- Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
- Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
- Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
- Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
- Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
- Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
- Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
- Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
- Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.