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TAKING THE NEXT STEP by Michael Connelly
For over two years I have the United States Justice Foundation (www.usjf.net) has been working with veterans trying to help them protect their Fifth and Second Amendment rights. The more we learned the worse it got. Then about a year ago we started filing legal memorandums opposing new rules and regulations being proposed by federal agencies like HHS and BATF. I began to see a pattern emerging that indicated to me that the all-out effort to disarm American veterans was only the beginning for the Obama administration.
I predicted that the next group under attack would be senior Americans on Social Security and I began talking about this on my radio show, in my speeches to various groups, and in my blog. For example, on May 15th of this year I did an article titled “Expanding the Assault”. In the last few paragraphs of that article I stated:
“Following the lead of an Executive Oder issued by Obama, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is directly violating the federal HIPAA law that was passed by Congress to protect the privacy of medical records. It is releasing the records to the FBI of anyone who has ever told their physician they were feeling depressed, even if never treated, and anyone who has taken certain drugs for things like PTSD, ADD, or ADHD, among others. All of these people will eventually be added to the NICS list.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) is issuing new regulations broadening the definition of people who are mentally ill and dangerous to include anyone, including children from ever legally owning or purchasing firearms because they were ever sent by a judge to be examined by a psychiatrist or psychologist. Unfortunately, such actions are often taken by family court judges when there are divorce and custody battles going on. In the vast majority of cases, there is no finding of mental illness, but under the new BATF regulations that won’t matter. The people will be banned for life from owning a firearm.
Then there are the actions of the Department of Justice (DOJ) threatening banks and credit card companies with investigations and sanctions if they continue to do business with any entity selling firearms or ammunition such as gun stores or pawn shops. This is another case of criminal extortion by the Federal government.
What is next? Will you have to surrender your firearms to keep your social security, or to stay on Medicare? Will you have to certify that neither you nor any of you employees own firearms in order to get a contract with the Federal government? The groundwork is clearly being laid for all of this to happen. After all, we are living in Obamaland.”
I confess to have met with some skepticism as has been the case with my claims about the veteran situations. Now the LA Times has confirmed all of it in a recent article: http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/la-na-gun-law-20150718-story.html#page=1
We have already confirmed that seniors going on Medicare are being asked by their doctors if they have firearms in their homes. Seniors are going to be subjected to having their right to privacy violated by having their medical records turned over to federal bureaucrats who will then declare them incompetent to handle their own financial affairs for a variety of spurious reasons.
Once an incompetence determination is made their names will then be turned over to the FBI that will declare them “mentally defective to the point of being a danger to themselves or others” and prohibit them from purchasing or owning firearms. This has already happened to several hundred thousand veterans. Millions more are at risk and now millions of non-veteran seniors will be affected.
It won’t stop there. Under these criteria students who have federally guaranteed loans will be targets as will millions of other people who receive some types of payments from the federal government. Who is next, SSI beneficiaries, people who receive subsidies under Obamacare, Medicaid recipients, food stamp recipients, employees of companies that have federal contracts? In other words, the Second, Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights virtually all Americans are now under attack.
As we are doing with veterans, we will advise anyone affected by this at no charge. You may contact me at Michael@usjfmail.net. America needs to wake up. We are all at risk. We are in a fight for our very existence.
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