Your doctor will soon ask you about guns

doctor-gunsIf you have not been asked by your primary care doctor about whether you keep guns in your home, you soon will be.

The question is usually asked as “Do you keep loaded firearms in your home?” The answer will be recorded in your health record at your doctor’s office. As part of the Electronic Health Records (EHR) initiative led by the federal government your response may also be collected by the federal government.

The federal law that launched Obamacare, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act, includes the question as part of its provisions. However, you are not compelled by law to respond to the question.

There are many that will debate whether it is your doctor’s business whether or not you own, use, or have access to guns. Still more will debate whether this information should be readily available to the federal government through your health records.

Other questions that are new include subjects such as domestic abuse. You will likely be asked a question like “Do you have reason to be afraid that your spouse may physically harm you?”

While it may appear that your doctor has suddenly taken a special interest in many more aspects of your life than they did previously, the truth is that the federal government is mandating that your doctor retrieve the information from their patients.

Doctors have been required to shift to electronic health records that are formatted in a certain way to make the information universally accessible. In addition, they are being required to ask personal questions such as those above. Your response is formatted in a way that makes it available to government entities.

The federal Medicare program is structured in such a way that physicians had little choice but to comply with the program. On the one hand, if physicians complied with the program fully by last year they were rewarded with a financial incentive of several thousand dollars. However, if they delayed or failed to agree to provide the data they will be penalized by a certain percentage of Medicare payments going forward.

For example, physicians that have not complied yet not only were not given a reward but also received notice recently that their reimbursement from Medicare will be cut 1 ½ percent. If they don’t comply this year their reimbursement will be cut again. Medicare reimbursement is already quite restricted and often doesn’t cover the actual costs for the services covered.

In essence, the feds are using their control of Medicare reimbursement to manipulate how your physician handles your personal health information.

As part of that process, the doctors are required to seek the answers to a certain number of personal questions from all their patients, including asking about gun ownership.

Some people see this as a responsible effort on the part of the federal government to reduce the number of accidental and intentional tragedies that involve guns.

Others see it as an overreach into the privacy of patients in an attempt to find a way to work around rights afforded by the 2nd amendment.

Either way, having physicians become involved with the topic of gun ownership and use is a touchy subject.

In some states such as neighboring North Carolina, persons seeking a concealed carry permit must obtain certification from a physician that they are sufficiently healthy mentally and physically to safely keep, carry and operate a handgun.

In spite of this, a recent national survey of physicians found that two thirds of doctors agreed that they are not adequately equipped by their training to determine how well a person is qualified to obtain a permit allowing concealed carry.

Other physicians point out that complying with that type of assessment violates the patients’ right to privacy. States that require such medical background reports appear to be requiring the applicant to waive their rights to privacy of their medical records to secure their right to bear arms.

Recently in Florida a new law was enacted that forbids a doctor from talking to their patients about guns. This new state law appears to be in response to the questions that are the topic of this article.

The question remains of whether this is good public health policy or federal intrusion into your personal privacy under the guise of public health.

Source: http://www.murfreesboropost.com/kestner-your-doctor-will-soon-ask-you-about-guns-cms-41109
Author: Dr. Mark Kestner




Infowars exposes truth that Spokane County Sheriff is targeting “Constitutionalists” – video

Swat-Police-Law-Enforcement-Armor-Rifle-GunA new investigative report regarding police attitudes about patriotic gun owners by Infowars includes a video in which a county deputy in Washington state shares concerns about “Constitutionalists” and others who “stockpile guns.”

The video features Spokane County deputies voicing support for the department’s acquisition of armored vehicles of war and indicating that they could be needed in the future against the area’s gun owners.

“We have guys that shoot at police officers,” says one deputy, in response to a question by a woman who appears to be videotaping officers getting into one of the department’s armored vehicles. “So, like, they have AK-47s, automatic weapons, and they shoot at us, and… [pointing at the vehicle] this is like a rolling… you can use this as a shield to move the [SWAT] team closer….”

The woman then asked what the vehicle is actually called.

“This is an MRAP,” the deputy responds. “It’s a military surplus vehicle. Basically, it’s a cover for our team movements. It’s bulletproof. There’s a lot of people out there with heavy machine guns and heavy weapons, and… it’s bulletproof, so we can use it as a shield.”

The sequence fades, pauses, and then starts again, with the woman explaining to a pair of deputies that a lot of Americans are concerned that the military is turning on citizens.

Campaign to desensitize kids

One deputy responded that, “constitutionally,” the military cannot be used in a civilian law enforcement capacity (actually, it is a statute that prevents the military from being used against civilians in a police role, the Posse Comitatus Act of the post-Reconstrution 1870s).

The woman went on to say that President Obama was routinely “stepping all over anything constitutional,” so “when you see this kind of vehicle,” it “seems like this is a campaign” to desensitize kids.

At that point the conversation turns lighter, and both officers explain that they have brought the MRAP to what appears to a retail store not for a “Black Friday” sales event but because “kids love to see this stuff.”

The conversation continues, but then the subject turns to why police would need a weapon of war. Then one deputy answers:

“I mean, we’ve got a lot of Constitutionalists and a lot of people that stockpile weapons, lots of ammunition. They have weapons here locally.”

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Following the exclusive Infowars report, the Spokane Sheriff’s Department reportedly came under intense scrutiny, prompting a nearly eight-minute videotaped response from Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, in which he essentially blamed Infowars and said the woman took the deputies’ comments out of context. His response can be viewed here.

“That report, in and of itself, is very misleading,” Knezovich says at the beginning of his response. “What you haven’t been told is that that particular interview, started by a lady filming deputies at a charity function working with the MRAP” was an attempt by her to portray the department as trying to “desensitize children to the fact that we had an MRAP.”

Blaming the messenger for the message?

Infowars responded:

Knezovich’s claim seemingly suggests that the deputy’s comments could have been appropriate if the clip had been longer, despite offering no such example in which that would be the case.

The issue was further averted by Knezovich when he argued that the Infowars article was nothing more than “hatemongering,” a statement which conveniently ignores Infowars countless articles, reports and videos highlighting and praising positive law enforcement encounters across the country.

The sheriff also attempted to blame Infowars for an alleged threat against one of his deputies in a third-party comment board, but the news website reports that he made no attempt to contact anyone to have the alleged comment removed. Instead, he appeared to hold the information closely so he could later make the claim to local media.

In an interview with The Spokesman-Review, Knezovich “went on to state that he was ‘reluctant to take the video from InfoWars seriously because of the conspiracy theories posted on the site,’ a bizarre remark that once again attempts to blame the messenger while ignoring the message,” Infowars reported.

Sources:

http://www.infowars.com

https://www.youtube.com

http://www.spokesman.com

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/048047_Constitutionalists_militarized_police_Infowars.html#ixzz3MLxUtQeu

Author: J.D. Heyes




DHS Official Claims Border “More Secure Than Ever”

In true Orwellian fashion, the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security claimed the U.S. Border is “more secure than it has ever been before.”

borderfence1Speaking to a liberal think tank on Tuesday, Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas suggested a dip in apprehensions of illegal immigrant youth last month meant the Obama administration has greatly strengthened border security, a fantasy considering that anyone, including ISIS, would have no problem walking into America.
“What we have achieved is tremendous progress,” he claimed.
Of course, when it comes to officials in the Obama administration, the truth is typically the opposite of what they say, and in Mayorkas’s case, the border is so insecure, it really only exists as a line on a map.
And not only do illegals from over 170 of the world’s countries know this, but it’s also likely that ISIS knows this as well.

“Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to ‘carry out an attack on the border,’ according to one source,” Judicial Watch reported late last month. “‘It’s coming very soon,’ according to another high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as ‘ISIS and Al Qaeda.’”
In direct response to this report, the White House stated “there is no credible intelligence to suggest that there is an active plot” by ISIS on the southern border, but once again the truth is likely the opposite of the Obama administration’s claim.
“I think it’d be naive to say that [ISIS is] not here,” Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter told Fox News. “We have found Muslim clothing, they [other agencies] have found Quran books that are lying on the side of the trail, so we know that there are Muslims that have come across and are being smuggled into the United States.”
This illegal immigration into America has no doubt been encouraged by the Obama administration’s purposeful stand down of immigration enforcement, except when it comes to Americans who cross the border while mountain biking.
Last week, Homeland Security fined an American $5,000 for crossing the U.S./Canada border after a Border Patrol agent stopped the man and his companion, who were walking with their mountain bikes near the border, and began questioning them.
“Questioning by the agent revealed that the two suspects illegally entered the U.S. from Canada,” stated a Customs and Border Patrol press release. “Subsequently, both males were arrested for violation of U.S. law and transported to the Rangeley Station for further processing.”
It’s unlikely the American would have been fined if he were an illegal alien.

Source: http://www.prisonplanet.com/dhs-official-claims-border-more-secure-than-ever.html
Author: Kit Daniels




White House: Obama Prepared To Act ‘Unilaterally’ Again Using ‘Executive Authority’ On Gun

Handgun and ConstitutionPresident Barack Obama is looking for new ways to act “administratively, unilaterally using his executive authority” to enact new gun control legislation, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said during a press conference Tuesday.

The official was responding to a journalist’s questions about the President’s reaction to news of a shooting that occurred at an Oregon high school. Two people were killed, including the shooter.

While the President is looking for ways to implement his gun control agenda unilaterally, Earnest stressed that the Administration would also like to see legislative action to increase gun control.

“The President’s goal is to look for opportunities to act administratively, unilaterally using his executive authority to try to make our communities safer,” Earnest said. “We’re always looking for those opportunities. But none of those opportunities when they present themselves is going to be an acceptable substitute for robust legislative action.”

Following the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Obama implemented 23 new executive actions designed to strengthen gun control laws.

“There’s no doubt there has been an alarming frequency of tragic incidents of gun violence that are concerning to Democrats and Republicans in Washington but more importantly to people all across the country,” Earnest said. “The question is what can we do to make certain something like this never ever happens again? There are going to be other tragedies. The question, I think, really facing lawmakers right now is what common sense steps can Democrats and Republicans take to reduce the likelihood of gun violence.”

During an Internet question-and-answer appearance on the social networking site Tumbler Tuesday, President Obama told participants that he felt his biggest frustration as President was his inability to convince Congress to pass stricter gun control legislation.

“People ask me what I’m proudest of and what are my biggest frustrations as president,” Obama said. “My biggest frustration is that this society hasn’t been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do damage. We’re the only developed country where this happens. And it happens weekly. Our levels of gun violence are off the charts.

“If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change,” he said.

originally published: http://personalliberty.com/white-house-obama-prepared-act-unilaterally-using-executive-authority-guns/ Author:

Sam Rolley  




Justice Dept. Launches Covert Sanctions Against Gun Owners

The U.S. Department of Justice is currently attacking the Second Amendment by fiat while constantly denying its abuses despite clear evidence to the contrary.

 

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Yesterday we revealed that the Justice Dept. is causing banks to fear doing business with legal gun dealers due to Operation Choke Point, a joint program between the DOJ, FDIC and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau targeting “high-risk activities,” of which firearm sales is also listed.

“Federal law enforcers are targeting merchant categories like payday lenders, ammunition and tobacco sales, and telemarketers – but not merely by pursuing those merchants directly,” Jason Oxman, the CEO of the Electronic Transactions Association, wrote on the subject. “Rather, Operation Choke Point is flooding payments companies that provide processing service to those industries with subpoenas, civil investigative demands, and other burdensome and costly legal demands.”

Oxman explained the superficial logic behind Operation Choke Point: by increasing the legal and compliance costs of serving “disfavored merchant categories,” financial institutions will “simply stop providing service to such merchants.”

“And it’s working – payments companies across the country are cutting off service to categories of merchants that – although providing a legal service – are creating the potential for significant financial and reputational harm as law enforcement publicizes its activities,” he added.

Last month, BitPay, a U.S.-based bitcoin processor, refused to do business with gun dealer Michael Cargill of Central Texas Gunworks due to its Terms of Service which excludes merchants involved in firearm sales, ponzi schemes, “get rich quick” programs, “money service businesses” (such as payday loans), gambling and others which are all listed in the FDIC document.

Prominent financial experts have, however, come out and opposed the program, such as Frank Keating, the CEO of the American Banker Associated, who explained his opposition to the program in the Wall Street Journal.

“Unfortunately, the strategy is legally dubious,” he wrote. “[The] Justice [Dept.] is pressuring banks to shut down accounts without pressing charges against a merchant or even establishing that the merchant broke the law.”

Last August, 31 members of Congress became aware of Operation Choke Point and sent a letter to the Justice Dept. asking for information on the program, stating that it “has come to our attention that the DOJ and the FDIC are leading a joint effort that according to a DOJ official is intended to ‘change the structures within the financial system … choking [online short-term lenders] off from the very air they need to survive,’” in reference to payday lenders listed as a “high-risk activity” alongside firearm sales in the FDIC document.

They also warned that the agencies were acting outside of their congressional mandate and without statutory authority.

The DOJ, however, refused to answer any questions about the program.

But Justice Dept. trial attorney Joel M. Sweet provided specific details on the program during a FDIC-sponsored presentation to bank examiners, which clearly indicates that both the DOJ and FDIC are scrutinizing firearm sales so severely that banks will shy away from the burdensome demands as Oxman indicated.

It’s no surprise that Operation Choke Point came into existence during Eric Holder’s reign as Attorney General, who famously said in 1995 that he wanted to “brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.”

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Holder has only increased such rhetoric since then and is undoubtedly one of the most anti-gun politicians inside the beltway.

Only a few weeks ago, for example, he suggested that gun owners should be forced to wear “smart gun” bracelets, which would render firearms much less reliable in defensive use.

Holder is also one of the most corrupt bureaucrats as well. When his unconstitutional abuses are exposed, it is common for Holder to deny that they are taking place, even if the evidence is in plain view.

For one, Holder denied the cover-up behind Operation Fast and Furious, the DOJ program in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms purposely allowed firearms to end up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels in a failed effort to catch them.

But he was later held in contempt of Congress for refusing to release thousands of internal Justice Dept. documents in response to a subpoena. Even President Obama invoked executive privilege to prevent the documents from being released.

Holder also denied knowing that a top Obama supporter, DOJ trial attorney Barbara Bosserman, was leading the investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups despite the fact that Bosserman visited the White House for over seven hours.

An anonymous Justice Dept. source told Fox News that it was “extraordinary” for the White House to specifically invite a career employee to come visit the president and that her attendance had to be cleared by higher-ups at the DOJ.

And in the DOJ’s persecution of journalist James Rosen, Holder said that he wasn’t involved in the “potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material,” even though his own department confirmed that Holder approved the search warrant for Rosen’s emails.

It is a common tactic for the corrupt to keep repeating lies and denying their abuses over and over again until they appear to be honest, especially to the mainstream media.

“If you tell a lie that’s big enough, and you tell it often enough, people will believe you are telling the truth, even when what you are saying is total crap,” author and actor Richard Belzer wrote.

 




NJ Police Raid Home of Activist on Rumor That He Had a Gun

On Thursday January 25th, New Jersey police officers entered the apartment of Keith Pantaleon without permission, warning, warrant or explanation. After entering the apartment, they apparently had suspicion of him having a weapon, though none were visible. The police then searched his home and found multiple firearms. Keith is a legal gun owner who is registered and has permits for his firearms in multiple states. According to his close friends is currently going through the process of obtaining his permits for New Jersey.

SOURCE:  http://www.activistpost.com/2013/03/nj-police-raid-home-of-activist-on.html




Obama using computer-generated Twitterbots to create appearance of social media support for gun control

All of those Twitter messages that appear to represent millions of people who support President Obama’s gun control agenda… Yeah, many of those are bot-driven. In other words, they’re fake.

That’s what a Republican congressman from Texas is alleging, anyway. He says the president’s entire gun control narrative is a fraud being perpetrated over one of the world’s busiest social media sites.

Rep. Steve Stockton accused Obama Feb. 25 of trying to make support for his gun control positions more muscular than it really is by flooding Twitter with messages from bot-driven programs, The Hill newspaper reported.

Obama, it seems, can’t get out of campaign mode.

When your position is weak, spam it to life

The president’s “anti-gun campaign is a fraud,” Stockman charged. “Obama’s supporters are panicking and willing to do anything to create the appearance of popular support, even if it means trying to defraud Congress.”

“I call upon the president to denounce this phony spam campaign,” he added.

Needless to say, the president has yet to “denounce” anything he has said in regards to pushing for more gun control. And we don’t expect he will.

Stockman said that, in response to Obama’s call for Americans to tweet their congressman in support of new gun control measures he has proposed – such as banning higher-capacity magazines, military look-alike rifles and universal background checks – he only received 16 tweets, but they were all identical. He said a closer examination revealed that only six of them were from real people.

“The other 10 are fake, computer-generated spambots,” said Stockton’s office, in a press statement.

As evidence, he said the 10 tweets used default graphics and names and have not engaged in any interaction whatsoever with other people, the congressional newspaper reported. In fact, he said two of the tweets were sent at almost exactly the same time, and both follow just one person: Brad Schneck, the president’s former digital strategist.

The Texas lawmaker also said just one of the six tweets from an actual person is a constituent of his in his home state. Here is a rundown of the fraudulent tweets, per Stockman’s press release:

— They all use the default “egg” avatar.
— They have account names resembling names automatically suggested by Twitter.
— They have engaged in no human interaction.
— They have tweeted almost nothing promotional, sponsored messages pushing real estate websites and other liberal “grassroots” campaigns.
— They follow mostly MSNBC anchors or media outlets, not actual people.

Stockman also notes that reporter Robert Stacy McCain’s investigation of the fraudulent Obama campaign (available at: www.theothermccain.com) finds the majority of the Obama-supporting accounts were created in fewer than 48 hours before contacting members of Congress.

“If you are a real person who contacted us about your support for the president’s anti-gun campaign, we are listening,” said Stockman. “We do not agree with you, but we appreciate your sincere opinions and encourage you to continue to contact us.”

“But,” he continued, “the vast majority of the president’s supporters have no feelings because they have fake profiles from spammers.” He went on to say that Obama’s anti-gun activists “are trying to defraud Congress using the same scam that sells ‘male enhancement pills.'”

When leadership is out, spam

Some websites were understandably critical of the spamming.

From The Daily Caller:

Schenck describes himself as a “former digital strategist at #Obama2012 and @ObamaInaugural.” He also doesn’t seem to think anybody knows how Twitter works. Or maybe he just doesn’t know how Twitter works. Either way, it’s pretty clumsy work for a “digital strategist.”

These guys think you’re stupid, America. But then, they’ve got some pretty strong evidence to back them up. You reelected them.

Per Twitchy, a site that aggregates Twitter feeds:

“Kathleen H. Dittus” wasn’t born yesterday, you know. She – or her Twitter account, at least – was born today. No, she hasn’t even been born yet; she’s still inside that “egg” avatar, but she can’t wait to break out and lend the president a hand with his gun control effort.

The @BarackObama account, fresh off of exploiting Gabby Giffords to push its demand that Congress vote on an assault weapons ban, is doing its best to get #WeDemandAVote trending, but some conservatives are noticing that a lot of the supporters are a little, um, young. They have zero followers, follow no one, and have tweeted just once.

Clearly, the president seems more interested in campaigning than leading. Then again, the measures he’s proposing would have done nothing to stop any of the past gun massacres anyway.

SOURCE: http://www.naturalnews.com/039289_Twitterbots_Obama_gun_control.html#ixzz2MDjCAb00




NRA uses Justice memo to accuse Obama admin of wanting to confiscate guns

WASHINGTON — The National Rifle Association is using a Justice Department memo it obtained to argue in ads that the Obama administration believes its gun control plans won’t work unless the government seizes firearms and requires national gun registration — ideas the White House has not proposed and does not support.

The NRA’s assertion and its obtaining of the memo in the first place underscore the no-holds-barred battle under way as Washington’s fight over gun restrictions heats up.


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The memo, under the name of one of the Justice Department’s leading crime researchers, critiques the effectiveness of gun control proposals, including some of President Obama’s. A Justice Department official called the memo an unfinished review of gun violence research and said it does not represent administration policy.

The memo says requiring background checks for more gun purchases could help, but also could lead to more illicit weapons sales. It says banning assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines produced in the future but exempting those already owned by the public, as Obama has proposed, would have limited impact because people now own so many of those items.

It also says that even total elimination of assault weapons would have little overall effect on gun killings because assault weapons account for a limited proportion of those crimes.

The nine-page document says the success of universal background checks would depend in part on “requiring gun registration,” and says gun buybacks would not be effective “unless massive and coupled with a ban.”

The administration has not proposed gun registration, buybacks or banning all firearms. But gun registration and ownership curbs are hot-button issues for the NRA and other gun-rights groups, which strenuously oppose the ideas.

Justice Department and White House officials declined to provide much information about the memo or answer questions about it on the record.

The memo has the look of a preliminary document and calls itself “a cursory summary” and assessment of gun curb initiatives. The administration has not released it officially.

But the NRA has posted the memo on one of its websites and cites it in advertising aimed at whipping up opposition to Obama’s efforts to contain gun violence. The ad says the paper shows that the administration “believes that a gun ban will not work without mandatory gun confiscation” and thinks universal background checks “won’t work without requiring national gun registration” — ideas the president has not proposed or expressed support for.

“Still think President Obama’s proposals sound reasonable?” Chris W. Cox, the NRA’s chief Washington lobbyist, says in the ad.

Last month, White House spokesman Jay Carney said none of Obama’s proposals “would take away a gun from a single law-abiding American.” Other administration officials have said their plans would not result in gun seizures or a national gun registry.

Justice Department official who would only discuss the issue on condition of anonymity said the NRA ad misrepresents Obama’s gun proposals and that the administration has never backed a gun registry or gun confiscation.

While the memo’s analysis of gun curb proposals presents no new findings, it is unusual for a federal agency document to surface that raises questions about a president’s plans during debate on a high-profile issue such as restricting firearms.

Obama wants to ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines exceeding 10 rounds that are produced in the future. He wants universal background checks for nearly all gun purchases. Today, checks are only mandatory on sales by federally licensed gun dealers, not transactions at gun shows or other private sales.

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Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/23/nra-uses-justice-memo-accuse-obama-admin-wanting-c/?page=1#ixzz2Lvy4RScU
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Troops Ordered To Kill All Americans Who Do Not Turn In Guns

The UN Arms Trade Treaty that has been identified by observers as a flagrant threat to the second amendment and which Barack Obama is determined to sign has its roots in a 1961 State Department memorandum which explains how the United Nations will oversee “complete disarmament” of the American people under the ruse of preventing war.

WATCH HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyfkQkchlu4&list=PL347FDEC1FBE690A0




NRA Never Again – Part 1 of 2

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, local authorities in New Orleans set out to confiscate all firearms in the region. By doing so they created “gun free zones” where only criminals & law enforcement were armed.