Given the current political climate, all new gun control measures must be resisted ferociously, because liberal authoritarians have made clear that they will disarm law-abiding citizens any way they can. Even ostensibly reasonable objectives like keeping firearms away from lunatics are providing cover for tyrannical abuse:
The New York State Police are suspending the handgun permits of people in the state who are prescribed anti-anxiety medication, according to Jim Tresmond of the Tresmond Law Firm in Hamburg, New York. …
“We were flummoxed by this whole matter,” the attorney said. “The HIPPA act is supposed to prevent this kind of thing from happening. It’s a gross invasion of our privacy rights.”
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Does anyone really trust Big Government to keep information private? If your property belongs to bureaucrats to redistribute as they see fit, so does your medical data.
In violation of both the Second and Fourth Amendments, Andrew Cuomo’s gun-grabbing NY SAFE Act authorizes healthcare workers to report suspicious patients; those considered to pose a threat will have their firearms confiscated. Gun permits can be arbitrarily suspended before the holder can even state his case.
Evidently the common practice of taking anti-anxiety medication qualifies as posing a threat.
Tresmond says his client was notified by letter that his gun permit was suspended upon the recommendation of State Police, who learned the man is on anti-anxiety medication.
The police now hold the seven handguns he used for target shooting.
“A law-abiding, honest, hard working professional, who never had one wit of scandal associated with him, criminal or otherwise. And they took his guns away,” Tresmond said.
Is this the kind of country we want to live in? If not, we had better do something about it fast. As Leonardo da Vinci said, it is easier to resist at the beginning than at the end — and students of 20th century history can see where this looks likely to end.
On tips from Sean C, Wiggins, the watcher, and Rich.