January 16, 2013, - 4:28 pm
Barack Obama’s statist gun control package dovetails all too conveniently with a lawsuit just filed by the widow of a victim of the Colorado Batman shooting at a movie theater showing of “The Dark Knight.” Chantel Blunk filed suit against Dr. Lynne Fenton, a psychiatrist who treated mass murderer James Holmes. In her lawsuit, Blunk argues that the psychiatrist should have told police about her patient. And that’s what Barack Obama wants your doctor to do about you. It’ll put a stunning crimp on the health of Americans and turn all of your doctors into the thought police. Thought police like my former pediatrician, Dr. George Blum. He’d take everyone’s guns away if he could.
Dr. Obama & Dr. Van Nostrand: Bend Over! Or Keep These Fake Doctors Away From Your Guns
When I was a kid, I went for years to Dr. Blum. I have no complaints about his check-ups or his treatment. But he was an orthodox liberal who mistook his leftist political views for healthcare. I learned this years later, when I was running for the Michigan House of Representatives for a second time, having lost by just one vote the first time around. I was endorsed by the Michigan State Medical Society, and I held a fundraiser for doctors at a friend’s lakeside home. While it was sparsely attended, the event was a huge success because most doctors were at work but they sent checks (which is the point of a campaign fundraiser). But who did attend? My childhood doctor, Dr. Blum. And so did then-Michigan State Medical Society lobbyist Gregory Aronin. When Dr. Blum heard I was also endorsed by the NRA (which gave me an A+ rating), he hit the roof.
And, after the fundraiser, I learned that, because of my NRA endorsement, Dr. Blum and Greg Aronin were badmouthing me to other doctors, urging them to support my trial lawyer opponent who made a career of suing doctors (and screwing up the lawsuits and losing). Thereafter, the Michigan State Medical Society, while officially endorsing me–a medical doctor’s daughter committed to ending lawsuit abuse against doctors–was working to help my opponent, a trial lawyer endorsed by the biggest plaintiffs’ medical malpractice lawyers in Michigan and telling doctors it was okay to help him. They cared more about supporting gun control–NOT a medical issue or of any concern to modern medicine–than they did about helping doctors. They were Obama-esque apparatchiks of the state before Obama’s time.
Apparently, if it were up to Dr. Blum, no private citizen in America would own a gun, especially not a right-winger. And he’s not alone. Although doctors tend to be conservative (my dear late father was an MD who strongly supported the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms), there are plenty of Dr. Blums who are not pediatricians, but doctors for adults. And they want to be arms of the nanny state, to decide what is good for you, and impose their political views on your life, using medicine as an excuse. Is it any of their business whether I do or don’t choose to exercise my Second Amendment rights? Nope. It has nothing to do with healthcare. And even with psychiatrists–who exist in a field that is more art than science and made up somewhat of many egomaniacs who need a psychiatrist much more than they need to be one, they don’t really know for sure whether most people are in a state sufficient to sanely operate a gun and have the good judgment to decide when gun use is appropriate.
It reminds me of a “Seinfeld” episode in which one doctor thought Elaine was being too difficult and he made a very negative notation in her medical records. Thereafter, every single doctor she want to saw the records and already had a pre-conceived notion that she was crazy and a troublesome patient. To get the reference deleted, she tried to get Kramer to pose as “Dr. Van Nostrand” and get her records. Didn’t work too well. And you’ll be facing the same thing that was in that far-fetched comedy. It’s not so far-fetched anymore with Barack Obama employing your doctor as the newest agent of Big Brother.
Do we really want to turn our doctors into thought police like Dr. Blum, who not only hate conservatives and guns, but think that the two should never mix? Even with good doctors who don’t include political views in their assessments of patients, they will err on the side of caution so that they don’t have to defend lawsuits like James Holmes’ psychiatrist now faces. They will err on the side of reporting everyone. And everything, no matter how minor, will now be a federal case. After all, who seeing a psychiatrist should be barred from getting a gun? Should every patient seeking that help from a mental health professional? Or just some? And how do we delineate which ones? Will the psychiatrists who follow Jung say one thing about a patient’s mental capacity? And psychiatrists who follow more modern, New Age methods say another? Likely.
And it’ll crimp all other areas of medicine and treatment. Someone is less likely to tell his or her doctor why or how he or she got into a particular medical emergency or contracted a particular illness if they know it will lead to reporting to police and a list of individuals banned from owning guns. People will be less likely to see a doctor and/or go to a hospital because they don’t want to be on that “banned from owning guns” list.
I don’t want guys like George Blum deciding whether or not I get to own guns. It’s a right I already have, and they shouldn’t be able to wantonly take it away.
But in Obama’s new post-liberty world, I may have to enlist my own Dr. Van Nostrand. And so will you.
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