Senator Lee Puts Wheels in Motion to Stop Anti-gun, Anti-freedom ObamaCare
“[ObamaCare] should be a serious concern to gun owners.” -- GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt, IdahoReporter.com, March 21, 2013
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Thursday on behalf of 11 other Republican colleagues, stating that they will not support a continuing resolution that funds the implementation of the anti-gun ObamaCare law.
“We view the Obama Administration’s recent decision to delay ObamaCare's employer mandate and eligibility verification for the individual exchanges as further proof the law is a failure that will inevitably hurt businesses, American families, and the economy,” Lee’s letter states.
To be sure, there are many reasons to dislike ObamaCare. And if you’re reading this alert, you are probably part of the majority in this country that wants to see this law overturned.
But gun owners should be especially concerned.
You may remember that because of the health care law that was enacted in 2010, the ATF will eventually be able to troll ObamaCare’s federal health database for people who could be stripped of their guns because of PTSD and other similar medical maladies.
In fact, more than 150,000 military veterans -- perhaps as many as 165,000 -- have already lost their gun rights because of the “see a VA shrink, lose your gun rights” precedent from the Clinton-Bush era.
But what started with veterans is now spreading to the private sector, such as in places like New York. According to gun rights reporter, Dan Roberts, firearms are now being confiscated from gun owners in the Empire State because of their mental health information. For example:
[John Doe] received a letter from the Pistol Permit Department informing him that his license was immediately revoked upon information that he was seeing a therapist for anxiety and had been prescribed an anxiety drug. He was never suicidal, never violent, and has no criminal history.
So now taking anxiety pills can result in one’s forfeiting their Second Amendment rights! This is happening pursuant to New York’s recent gun control law, but this is exactly the type of thing that gun owners can expect nationwide after ObamaCare is fully implemented.
We don’t need to see this occurring at the national level!
ACTION: Click here to contact your Senators and urge them to cosign Senator Lee’s letter, expressing opposition to funding the anti-gun ObamaCare law.
SENATORS COSIGNING THE LEE LETTER: Rubio (R-FL), Grassley (R-IA), Risch (R-ID), Paul (R-KY), Vitter (R-LA), Fischer (R-NE), Chiesa (R-NJ), Inhofe (R-OK), Thune (R-SD), Cruz (R-TX) and Enzi (R-WY).
SENATORS WHO HAVE PULLED THEIR NAMES OFF THE LETTER. Three Senators had originally told Lee they would cosign the letter, but then subsequently were pressured -- perhaps by leadership -- to withdraw their names. These three Senators need special attention. They are: Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and John Cornyn (R-TX).
A fourth Senator, Richard Burr (R-NC), told the Hill newspaper that the strategy to block a government funding bill over Obamacare is “the dumbest idea I've ever heard.” Burr should definitely hear from those constituents who don’t think this is a “dumb” idea.