From Grass Roots North Carolina
(who will have a representative on with me again in July for my show "Straight Shooting".)
McCarthy/NRA Gun Control Bill Passes US House
NRA assisted anti-gun forces in passing the one gun control bill to
successfully sneak through the US House of Representatives since
Seung-Hui Cho took advantage of federal and state laws protecting him
from retribution in the criminal friendly "gun-free" zone at Virginia
Tech. Most of the pro-gun community had presented a united front and
stopped such legislation until the NRA teamed with Rep. Carolyn
McCarthy for passage of HR 2640 on a voice vote. It now heads to the
US Senate where we must dig in our heels to stop this from becoming
The following information is provided by our friends at the Rocky
Mountain Gun Owners, it is followed by instructions on contacting our
Senators (Dole & Burr) to help stop this legislation:
Today, far sooner than we would have imagined, the bill passed in the
US House, with almost no notice and no recorded vote.
HR 297 was quickly morphed into a new bill, HR 2640 (by notorious
anti-gunner Carolyn McCarthy) and passed on a voice vote, with so
little notice that the most pro-gun members of Congress didn't know
it was on the agenda until early in the morning -- when the NRA
actively lobbied their offices to pass the largest gun control move
since the 1994 Assault Weapons ban.
The bill gives the Federal Government vast new access to people's
mental health records and opens the door for expanded abuse of power,
delays and denials of firearms purchases.
The bill purports to give people a chance to have their names removed
from the no-buy list, but only at great personal expense... with no
guarantee of success.
If the past is any indication, purchasing a firearm is about to
become a lot more complicated.
Keep in mind that for years the ATF has been forbidden from doing any
investigations to expunge records and return people's gun rights.
Now, with the help of the NRA, even more restrictions are being
Of course, unlike a "crime," "mental illness" is a very subjective
As Corey Graff from Wisconsin Gun Owners writes;
"Since 1952, the American Psychiatry Association (APA) has utilized
the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as
its standard for defining, diagnosing and treating mental health
Since its first printing, the manual has undergone five revisions,
the most recent being the DSM-IV, which was finalized in 1994.
Currently a fifth version is being prepared and is due out by 2012.
Each new version contradicts the previous version; new authors with
new perspectives and agendas write each new release. The standard
keeps changing, shifting, sometimes radically so -- the result is
that mental illness is never clearly or objectively defined. It is a
moving target shaped by political and social pressures.
Following controversy and protests from gay activists at APA annual
conferences from 1970 to 1973, the seventh printing of the DSM-II, in
1974, no longer listed homosexuality as a category of disorder. After
talks led by the psychiatrist Robert Spitzer, who had been involved
in the DSM-II development committee, a vote by the APA trustees in
1973, confirmed by the wider APA membership in 1974, replaced the
diagnosis with a milder category of "sexual orientation disturbance."
In today's politically correct climate, the most recent version of
the DSM-IV contains "no reference to homosexuality."
Which DSM was correct or were both wrong? One can easily see the
danger this contradiction raises if these diagnoses were synced up
with a gun owner database that acts as an automated judge, jury and
executioner for the gun buyer.
Such variance also calls into question the credibility of those who
define mental illness.
Psychiatrists can't even agree amongst themselves over a relatively
short period of time on how to precisely define mental illness on any
given issue. Thirty years ago no one heard the term "attention deficit
disorder" or "post-traumatic stress disorder" -- today diagnoses for
these new mental illnesses are commonplace.
We believe the next step -- if you don't think there's a "next step"
you undoubtedly fit the description of mentally deranged -- is to
require information and deny firearms purchases for anyone who has
ever taken an anti-depressant (the estimates for the number of young
adults in America who have, at one time, taken these anti-depressant
drugs is staggering). If that happens, a large portion of a number of
generations in America will be stripped of their Second Amendment
The bottom line: If NICS is expanded, expect entire groups to be
denied their right to purchase a firearm.
Legislation like this paints with a broad brush and will disarm many
good people who should be able to buy handguns. One such group is
" could have a significant impact on American
servicemen," wrote Gun Owners of America recently, "especially those
returning from combat situations and who seek some type of
Often, veterans who have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder
have been deemed as mentally 'incompetent' and are prohibited from
owning guns under 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(4). Records of those instances
certainly exist, and, in 1999, the Department of Veterans
Administration turned over 90,000 names of veterans to the FBI for
inclusion into the NICS background check system."
Once again, the NRA has colluded with anti-gunners to pass new gun
control and tell gun owners it's good for them.
They did so when the Brady Insta-Check Registration system was passed
into law, and now they're attempting to strengthen that gun control...
and weaken our rights.
According to CQ.com "Advocates of House-passed legislation say it
likely would have prevented the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, from buying a
firearm because of his history of mental illness." But this is, of
course, nonsense. The Brady law has not kept criminals from getting
guns and won't stop madmen from getting them either. But it might
very well stop you.Here is what I sent to both of my U.S. Senators:
I implore you to oppose HR 2640, the so-called "NICS Improvement Act of 2007." How much longer are we going to allow our civil liberties be eroded with legislation like this and allow "Big Brother" to tell us free men and women what we can and can not do? This is just a foot hold for further restrictions on the freedoms of honest Americans who want to exercise their God given rights that are protected by the 2nd Amendment. PLEASE have the fortitude to withstand the tide of infringement and vote NO on HR 2640.Here is what I sent the NRA/ILA:
Your support of the McCarthy/NRA Gun Control Bill that has passed the US House is just one reason why I refuse to be an NRA member. Why would you sell out the freedoms of American citizens and contribute to their 2nd Amendment rights being infringed? This is reason enough to never, ever consider becoming a member again.
Here is what you can do:
* Contact NRA-ILA and ask them why they added their weight to passing
more gun-control. https://secure.nraila.org/Contact.aspx -
* Contact our Senators (NC):
o Sen. Richard Burr:
* Phone: (202) 224-3154
* Fax: (202) 228-2981
o Sen. Elizabeth Dole:
* Phone: (202) 224-6342
* Fax: (202) 224-1100