January 16, 2013, - 4:28 pm

Meet Dr. Blum, Obama Agent of Gun Control

By Debbie Schlussel

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.

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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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79 Responses

I agree. You could find yourself deprived of your Second Amendment right administratively. You will be on a list, and that will be circulated around the entire country if Obama’s information sharing and universal background check goes through. Is someone suffering from Depression a homicidal maniac? Has anyone thought how this will actually discourage people from even seeking any medical care? Debbie noted how patients would be less forthcoming with their doctors if what they said could and would be used against them at a future date. This is really creppy.

Worry01 on January 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    or creepy. :)

    Worry01 on January 16, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Yup.

    People in New York are going to buy guns and ammo out of state and they’re not going to report that to the police.

    A law’s effectiveness depends on voluntary compliance. In gun-grabbing states, that will be close to zero.

    NormanF on January 16, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    re worry01

    why can’t we have
    barry ( the imposter ) o’bama
    administratively
    removed from office

    we still have a military
    and their primary sworn duty
    is to the constitution and
    the american people

    no part of
    american gov’t is
    el presidente arroganto’s
    personal police force

    prestigio on January 16, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Or crappy. :)

    Last word on January 17, 2013 at 10:20 am

Debbie –

That’s already law in New York, in which mental health care professionals must now report “at risk patients” to the state if they’re suspected of being a threat to themselves or to others. Great way to encourage mentally ill people to seek the health care they so badly need!

The new gun control law there also bans military-style semi-automatic rifles and places a limit on how many ammo rounds you can load into them. Less freedom of choice for gun owners.

Finally, New York created the nation’s first gun registry, which is a prelude to eventual confiscation of every one’s guns. Which by the way makes scofflaws out of law-abiding citizens who will never register their guns with it for precisely that reason.

After all, the long-gun registry worked so well in Canada that we had to have it here. Except the Canadian government came to its senses and finally abolished it.

The other thing about this law and others like it waiting in the wings is that its meant to make grandstanding anti-Second Amendment politicians look like they’re doing someone about crime.

What it won’t do is prevent a future Sandy Hook-style massacre. When you take away by fiat Americans’ gun rights, you’re disarming the good guys! That’s what anti-Second Amendment politicians and anti-gun doctors don’t get.

The armed bad guys will always be with us, they can always get a gun, they can always kill people and no gun control law in the world will ever stop them.

That’s the bottom line. America has the Second Amendment for a good reason – actually too many of them to list here.

NormanF on January 16, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Also, over recent decades firearm ownership has declined. Part of the propaganda is that there is some sort of proliferation of arms.

    If you look at the overall picture, is is not so daunting: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_guns_are_in_the_United_States_of_America

    The number of over three hundred million guns is inflated by including military and law enforcement firearms. Do they need to be restricted as well?

    In the end, you have about a quarter of the population of three hundred and eleven million is armed. Note that the legislation in New York State was not even aimed at preventing a school massacre, as noted by Norman. The people behind such gun control legislation simply wish to create a dependent and helpless population under the guise of making us all safer.

    Worry01 on January 16, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Actually, there is ONLY ONE PRIMARY reason for the 2nd Amendment, which greatly overshadows all of the other auxiliary reasons: it’s to ensure that an armed citizenry can always shoot back (with an EQUAL or GREATER amount of force) against a tyrannical government which is threatening them and/or their neighbors, associates, or loved ones. George Mason (who actually wrote the 2nd Amendment) and Thomas Jefferson, in their respective discourses on this topic, made that absolutely clear (you can Google the quotations easily enough). Running a CLOSE SECOND, just behind that PRIMARY reason, is for self-defense, against non-governmental criminals. Nowhere is “deer hunting” mentioned in this coriginal ontext — AT ALL! So when Der Fuehrer Andrew Cuomo screams, like a maniac (remember the film footage of Hitler, screaming the same way? deja vu . . . ) at the top of his lungs, that “no one NEEDS TEN BULLETS, to shoot a deer!!!” someone should inform him, publicly, on the spot, for all the cameras to see, and the microphones to record, that he’s not even talking about the correct context of the 2nd Amendment. His ignorance and pettifogging should be exposed, in a very public manner, for what it is.

    Retribution on January 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    HIPAA regulations DO allow for breach of confidentiality to be allowed in situations like this, for the NP here.

    I’m a board certfied psychiatrist who trained at UCLA, which was the original defendant of the Tarasoff case. Essentially, if you know that someone is seriously dangerous to another person, usually by overt threat, you are generally obligated to protect that potential victim to the best of your ability. That might include: hospitalizing the potential murderer, contacting/warning the police (or appropriate agency), or warning the victim.

    If this warning is done in good faith, the notifier is immune from malpractice suits in all states I have practiced in. This has been in place for decades.

    If the person being threatened is the President or VEEP, etc. the Secret Service is contacted as both person/police agency.

    My understanding is that the psychiatrist involved (I am aware of this through newsstories/public data only)did contact the University police agency involved.

    Essentially folks, I will protect your confidentiality unless you are abusing old people, babies, attempting to kill yourself (trying to use confidentiality rules to torture their MDs are quite common tactics among the mentally ill), or trying to kill someone else. Now, if you are hospitalized I generally will monitor you to see if you are still a danger if I am forced to discharge you (court refuses to extend Commitment order).

    Don’t kill people; contact a sharp attorney to do cruel things for you. I don’t have to notify anyone of that.

    And my dear Skunky, I generally spend my time trying to figure out hhow to keep people alive. Given that meth abuse can closely resemble bipolar disorder, chronic MJ use can induce schizophrenia, and synthetic Marijuana can look like meth abuse AND can’t be picked up by normal drug screens, I have enough problems. The DSM-5 may have some problems, but I deal with the major league.

    Occam's Tool on January 18, 2013 at 10:20 pm

It will be interesting to see if any of the relevant professional medical organizations (AMA, APA, etc.) take a position against this encroachment. And will they support Dr. Harper? Will there be countersuits against this totalitarian reach for more power?

Political compatibility with a mental health professional, while never before an absolute requirement, has frequently been something to consider, and will now be even more important. With rare exceptions, such as an unusually competent and objective liberal, it will be important, for a potential patient’s own protection to sound out a prospective provider before entering a therapeutic relationship, or even a relationship with an internist.

And it will just increase the stigma of seeking psychiatric care, which already exists. And if you see a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, or Clinical Psychologist? FOREGT ABOUT IT. THEY ARE THE MOST LIBERAL PEOPLE, ON THE WHOLE, UNDER THE SUN. They would report their own family.

But as I’ve said before, there is a fundamental compatibility between liberalism, as defined today, and totalitarianism, and Rush Limbaugh for once, deserves credit for making that point today.

Just like you report on your neighbors if they don’t empty their garbage the right way, water their lawns the right way, provide the right ‘home environment’ for child education, etc., we have taken another step towards 1984.

And is it such a big step to reporting to the authorities if someone says the wrong thing in class or at work?

Little Al on January 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm

And of course, enforcement will be selective. Does anyone think the Black Panthers will be charged? But I pity poor George Zimmerman now.

Little Al on January 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Someone George Zimmerman will be like a lizard on a stick unfortunately.

    Worry01 on January 16, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    It already is selective – just look at the “Non-prosecution” of Little David (Mediapimp and member in good standing of the state run media) Gregory. All smoke and mirors my friend to ensnare more of the sheeple through emotionalism and use of convenient props – like children. Incrementalism is the real executive order of the day. How long will it be until agenda driven “Doctors” trade in theirwhite coats for brown shirts? Do not forget that once the Second Amendment is gone, the First Amendment will be next.

    Victoryman on January 17, 2013 at 6:59 am

And think about the fools who didn’t think ObamaCare (sic) would result in a deterioration of healthcare standards. Conservatives, even more than is already the case, will suffer from inferior mental health care now. Welcome to Step I of ObamaCare. There will be many other steps.

Little Al on January 16, 2013 at 5:08 pm

LA:

You’re thinking about an event Debbie implied but didn’t mention explicitly in her article: the Soviet abuse of medicine and particularly, psychiatry, in the service of political ends. One way to deal with troublesome Soviet dissents was to declare them insane and keep them forcibly confined in the asylum.

The larger point being that she makes today is while this might begin with guns with the best of intentions, it won’t stop there. Its a slippery slope. And the most totalitarian of people in this country are all the do-gooders trying to run our lives… for our own good, of course.

Freedom is not always lost at the barrel of a gun. Sometimes it can be a creeping thing indeed and like the webmaster of this site likes to often say on here, the most terrifying words in the English language are: “this is your government and we are here to help.”

As we learned in New York yesterday, the consequences of its intervention isn’t always salutary to the great object of preserving our liberty.

NormanF on January 16, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Yes, Norman, I was thinking about Soviet ‘psychiatrists’, but I was trying to keep my comment to manageable length. But yes, it seems that one way of judging the freedom of a society is by the role of psychiatrists, and the definitions of mental illness. It has always been politicized, but we ain’t seen nothing yet.

    Little Al on January 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm

This of course was coming: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/16/obama-using-gun-issue-advance-health-law/

“Mr. Obama, unveiling his gun proposals Wednesday barely a month after the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., will make it clear that his health law, known as the Affordable Care Act, allows doctors to ask patients whether they have guns in their homes, and will tell them they are able to report any threats of violence they hear to police.
The president also will lay out the mental health coverage that all insurers will be required to provide under his signature-achievement law.”

He is pushing doctors to get more intrusive and engaging in a sleazy sales job for Obamacare. The left loves to tie things in and piggy back their pet causes whenever possible.

Worry01 on January 16, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Worry,

Obama wants to enlist doctors to make sure their patients are politically correct. And that will chill patient trust in their doctor. If you don’t know what your doctor’s views are or he might act out of legal preservation anyway, its best not to be completely candid. There are certain things that are no one’s business – not your doctor’s and certainly not the government’s. Period.

NormanF on January 16, 2013 at 5:16 pm

And the test of real conservative organizations will be whether they start or support defense funds for Dr. Harper.

Little Al on January 16, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Worry, Little Al & Norman, you all did a great job bringing the crux of the issue to the forefront. Indeed. Collectively, your posts say it all.

Even before Obama-PutinCare ruins the whole medical system I’d like to point out that mental-health care in 2013 is exceedingly crappy and those who need it most are up against it in a Sisyphean way. What many mentally ill people have against them (and I am not speaking of the super-duper heavy illnesses like Schizophrenia) is that

1) contrary to their state of mind (and overall abilities) most mentally ill would have to dig down deep and fight their way out of past bad behaviours or coping skills. This gets very involved but what I am trying to bottom line is that mentally ill peeps most of the time need to try harder than what they do. Being ill can sometimes be a crutch. Most clinicians do NOT work this way and do help keep the patients in ‘victim’ mode. This doesn’t work. In fact, it makes it worse.

2) Most people in 2013 just don’t care about others to really help some of these sorts the way they need it. I’m not talking about enabling, but people are more self-centered than ever and everyone is on their own these days (it seems). And this means in-Hospital care for the mentally ill. I find the whole system weak and ineffective.

3) In the PC world of mental-heath, not only is the DSM very political, it also scrubs very important affective disorders when they shouldn’t. Look at narcissism. My goodness it’s legion these days but it will not be in the next DSM. Also, many clinicians can’t openly diagnose people with their disorders (for lack of a better word) because it’s waaaaaay too un-PC. I am namely thinking of Sociopaths/Psychopaths. It’s my opinion that it is IMPERATIVE to label these monsters properly (and at the youngest age possible) but many clinicians don’t because it is frowned upon. That means in the end more people are victims and end up hurt. PC wins again while real people suffer.

4) They overly diagnose and everyone has a ‘disorder’. Look at BiPolar Disorder. I do think that is a serious disorder but I don’t take it seriously anymore because everyone and their Grandma-ma has been diagnosed with it. It’s a pity for those who *REALLY* have it. Watered down and not taken seriously anymore. Personally, I have NEVER, ever believed in ADD. That’s another fraud diagnosis. Just don’t believe in it.

That’s just a few thoughts on the mental-health aspect of this but Obama-Putin is really just doing two things (quite successfully) now…destroying the GOP (who are letting him destroy them) and solidifying his dictatorial powers without seeming like he is. This is serious crap. If you’re not scared you’re NOT getting it.

Skunky on January 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Skunky,for Barack Obama, it is enough to have a program or policy. The actual workings of a program or policy is for him a boring detail unworthy of his notice. This lackadaisical attitude on Barack Obama’s part can be seen in his choices of appointees, whether it is Janet Napolitano or Eric Holder. Earlier in 2009, his Cash for Clunkers program was an insane subsidy for upper income people who could afford to buy a car. In addition, this program destroyed perfectly good vehicles and limited the amount of scrap that could be take from each used vehicle. This little endeavor reduced the number of used vehicles in the marketplace that ran, and thus increased their prices. A poorer person now faced a market in which a safe and affordable used car was simply unaffordable. What remained were ancient vehicles from the 80’s or 90’s that barely ran and were quite often not even safe to drive. However, Obama like the name of the program, so he went through with it. These Obama schemes frequently left quite a mess for others to deal with when inevitable problems arose. Barack Obama is the stereotypical bad manager who tries to impress his superiors, rather than actually doing his job.

    Worry01 on January 16, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Worry, boy did you nail it with your wise words on “Cash For Clunkers”. I totally agree with you and to add what you said, it proves (in one example) that Obama-Putin doesn’t give a sh** about the poor. He’s one of the most odious frauds I’ve ever been forced to endure!

      And to piggy-back on that (and what you said) the other frustrating variable is that a good number of retardos think he’s a great guy and that he is super smart and such a nice guy. The reality is not ingested by them.

      EVERYTHING that POS Obama-Putin says should NOT be believed. It doesn’t matter in 2013 that there is bona fide proof he’s a huckster and fraud no matter how you slice him…many don’t want to see it. It’s crazy-making.

      The idiots who voted for him the 2nd time really sealed our fate and I will NEVER forgive them!

      Skunky on January 16, 2013 at 8:50 pm

        Who will direct the Obama Masterpiece. Stone, Tarantino,
        Spielberg, Scorsese,Spike Lee.
        Only Gibson would have the balls to use the N- word.

        commander schvatsa on January 17, 2013 at 12:07 am

speaking of people control
i mean
gun control

it’s astonishing that
andie ( i want to be prez ) koo-ahh-moe
didn’t announce
the opening of his
2016 presidential campaign

why stage the
phony floor show
if you haven’t
something bigger planned

prestigio on January 16, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Prstigio, that Andrew Cuomo is one ugly motherf*****!

    If I ever saw he or Fareed Zakaria in the dark I’d die instantly like a stressed out rabbit! Yucko! Instant heart attack.

    Skunky on January 16, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Why is it that when I hear these kind of schemes, I seem to notice we’re headed further and further down the path of 1930’s Nazi Germany? (And everyone knows what gun control laws in that country ultimately led to.)

ConcernedPatriot on January 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    in re
    concernedpatiot

    the reason you notice
    similarities

    is because they are
    identical

    the nazis weren’t any different
    than the communists

    the only differences that they had
    like in the riot that killed
    horst wessel in 1930 was
    nothing more than
    who would be in control

    their fundamental philosophies
    of total gov’t and
    people control
    were identical

    so also the
    philosophy of islam
    not radical islam
    but all of islam

    and not radical moslems
    but all moslems

    they desire nothing less than
    worldwide domination
    and suppression to
    their philosophy
    of all humanity

    this is why
    hosanna o’bama the magnificent
    embraces this
    totalitarian marxist philosophy

    for he is both
    a moslem and
    a communist

    prestigio on January 16, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Wot?!?

      Brent Pigeon on January 22, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Guns don’t cause crime. People do. So, there is no such thing as “gun violence.” It is violence, violent crime, and the way to deal with it is vigorous prosecution, tough sentencing and no tolerance towards crime prevailing social attitudes. By letting the debate shift to “gun violence vs. 2nd amendment rights” and away from “tough on crime vs. soft on crime”, conservatives lose the battle from the very beginning.

Whatever mental issues Adam Lanza and James Holmes had, they were/are both criminals

Gerald on January 16, 2013 at 8:15 pm

I wonder if anyone is going to be so stupid as to tell their doctor they have a gun. As for those gun lists, how accurate do you really think they are. Do they think it is impossible to buy a gun in another state? I have several guns. My dad bought them. He died in 1979. I have married and moved 4 times since then. They did not appear on any will or documentation. I just took them when he died. Do you really think that is the first thing I will do if I move to another state? Especially in the present atmosphere. I don’t think I am the only one in this position.

jerry doegen on January 16, 2013 at 8:16 pm

As Skunky said, I agree with Worry 01, Little Al, and Norman.

I also want to point out that Obama is trying to totally divide the country especially the South as Rush Limbaugh has pointed out.

Guns are a part of the culture of the South as well as hatred of damned Yankees like Obama.

Obama will cause a premature split in the country 20 years ahead of time.

Confederate South on January 16, 2013 at 8:49 pm

The bureaucrats at the VA have already been doing this to returning vets. Being labeled as having PTSD can and will be used to disarm these veterans. You know the people that DHS said are the most likely to be domestic terrorists.

Now all we have to do is get islam and liberalism diagnosed as a mental disorder and clean things up.

ender on January 16, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Obama took over the car companies, even violating bankruptcy laws to transfer money owed to bondholders to the UAW members.

Obama (and Bush) took over the banking industry.

Obama has increased government’s role in home mortgages.

Obama took over medicine.

Obama has worked hard to redistribute wealth.

Obama (along with Bush) has decimated the U.S. Navy.

The press is the lapdog of the President, just like in third world countries.

Now Obama is coming for our guns.

When the Southern and Western states secede, I hope I will be living there. America is ceasing to exist.

Jonathan E. Grant on January 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Professor Grant, you would be fulfilled and rewarded
    practicing Immigration law in California.

    Foreign money is fueling the economy there.

    Commander Zero on January 17, 2013 at 12:22 am

      @Commander–

      Immigration law, indeed. Some years ago, I discovered that the son of a family friend (in CA) was into immigration law, specializing in getting citizenship for convicted felons. No joke.

      Sort of a riff on the other lowest form of human life: Criminal defense attorneys.

      Red Ryder on January 17, 2013 at 9:06 am

    @Jon–

    Let’s not forget Lincoln declaring total war on the South and its civilians. By comparison, what we are experiencing these days is small potatoes.

    As I have said many times, this current trend into darkness started with the anti-prayer decisions of the early 1960s, followed by …

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (endless victimhood)
    Medicare 1965 (Health care is ruined)

    And other “Great Society” programs from the execrable LBL.

    The late and unlamented Hubert Humphrey lived long enough to see his precious “civil rights” laws deteriorate into endless litigation, quota systems, and flat-out discrimination, and pathetically observed that “This is not what we had in mind.” However, by that point, he was just another tired old man, and no one cared what he thought.

    Of course, the media aided and abetted this, just like Pravda.

    Red Ryder on January 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

What’s all the fuss about? President Obama and his team of administrators know what’s best for our nation, our states, our cities, our societies, our families, and all the details of our lives. President Obama really cares about our children, unlike you second amendment freaks, who blindly cling to an outmoded constitution that has no applicability to the exigencies of today’s busy lifestyles.

I look forward to the day when science advances to the point that an electronic device can be permanently implanted into the brain of every person in the U.S. so that any potential thoughts about any potentially violent act (or any thoughts deemed potentially improper by the existing administration) can be promptly monitored for immediate governmental administrative action.

Meanwhile, President Obama must control guns that pose a clear and present danger to our children, and to our children’s children. We must stop civilians from holding guns. If you don’t want to do it for your own safety and peace of mind, at least support it for your children’s sake. I have great faith in the leadership of our President and in his sagacity and judgment on these matters, and I urge you to support him in all of his efforts.

In time, we will not only embrace gun control, but also other deadly weapons, such as rope, staircases, and eyeglasses, as can be seen in action in this video clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uK3wYrl3aU

Ralph Adamo on January 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I read today from AP that Obama is planning on taking 23 steps toward gun control with his new plan that don’t require congressional approval. I would sure like to see that list!!!

Richard on January 16, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Thanks, I just found the list as well and came back to post it. Now to print it out and digest each and every one. These are the zingers for me:

14.Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15.Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies

16.Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17.Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

14: WTF is the CDC doing getting involved in gun control??
15: This one stinks of micro-stamping. Innovative technologies means impractical systems imposed on firearms designs which renders those firearms prohibitively expensive and severely limited in effectiveness for self-defense.
16: In this EO Obamacare is now the vehicle for enabling/encouraging people’s doctors to question them about guns and 17 simply reinforces the intent of 16.

I just sent a donation to the NRA ILA and now I’m going to go give my AR a hug.

Richard on January 16, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Debbie get with the program.

Obama has 2 million
Syrians in refugee camps that would lick his feet,
given the opportunity to repopulate Detroit.

Your wish to run against Sharia law will be
stroked in the years ahead.You’ll certainly be
energized.

I’M betting on you and Talmudic Law.

commander schvatsa on January 16, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    What are you rambling on about? Do you just post things to threads randomly? Take your antisemitism to Stormfront.

    Worry01 on January 17, 2013 at 8:25 am

This is only the beginning of the totalitarian state. Now we have doctors ratting on their patients. But why stop at doctors? Next it will be children reporting their parents to the authorities. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? What’s next? The Gulag for dissidents?

Jerry G on January 17, 2013 at 8:32 am

My issues with this…

Health care providers are not government employees, he is attempting to make deputies of all of them.

We have this tricky little law called HIPPA which prevents us from disclosing information, so what would stop a lwasuit if you disclosed. Looks like you get sued either way.

If asked if I own a gun, I will simply state “no”, “none of your business might raise suspician”.

Thsi will drive truly sick individuals away from much needed health care.

As a NP, I have no intentions of following this guideline.

France has already started this…
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/dec/19/french-psychiatrists-unions-doctors-sentence

Phil M on January 17, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Phil M., I recently read an article that a Sheriff (can’t recall where) arrested someone on the road for violation and the Sheriff used HIPPA. They are using EVERYTHING and ANYTHING to control and put the boot of Big Gubmint on the neck of the Sovereign. Be VERY afraid…

    Skunky on January 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

I was basically a women’s libber by age 10 in 1975, watching the Mary Tyler Moore show and Maude. It really pains me to say this, but I’m starting to think it was a mistake to give women the right to vote. Women want to be lied to by men. They love it. They actually believe Obama and other liberals give a rat about their children. They think Obama cares about their health care, their family, and their rights. We didn’t get our freedom and our rights through the benevolence of other men. We got them by a pig-headed, macho refusal to be dominated by other men. Nice guys get walked on. Assholes get left alone. Women want everything to be “nice”; what they apparently don’t understand is that tyrants will always use that to take away your rights, your freedom, your money, your guns, and your bleeding health care! By the time women get thru electing and re-electing these jackass, lying liberals, we will have nothing!

David Lanham on January 17, 2013 at 9:09 am

    So all women are liberal according to you David?

    Freedom Isn’t Free Lyrics
    by Trey Parker

    What would you do
    If you were asked to give up your dreams for freedom?
    What would you do
    If asked to make the ultimate sacrifice?

    Would you think about all them people
    Who gave up everything they had?
    Would you think about all them War Vets
    And would you start to feel bad?

    Freedom isn’t free
    It costs folks like you and me
    And if we don’t all chip in
    We’ll never pay that bill
    Freedom isn’t free
    No, there’s a hefty f@ckin’ fee.
    And if you don’t throw in your buck ‘o five
    Who will?

    What would you do
    If someone told you to fight for freedom?
    Would you answer the call
    Or run away like a little pussy ?
    ‘Cause the only reason that you’re here
    Is ’cause folks died for you in the past
    So maybe now it’s your turn
    To die kicking some ass

    Freedom isn’t free
    It costs folks like you and me
    And if we don’t all chip in
    We’ll never pay that bill
    Freedom isn’t free
    Now there’s a hefty in’ fee
    And if you don’t throw in your buck ‘o five
    Who will?

    You don’t throw in your buck ‘o five. Who will?
    Oooh buck ‘o five
    Freedom costs a buck ‘o five

    Kershaw on January 17, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Women have never been hit square in the face (hopefully) by a man. Most men have. Men learn early the cold reality that you can’t appear weak because you’ll be attacked. When I was young, I just wanted to be nice, too, and it got me beat up! Most women never learn this, to the contrary, those same bullies are nice to them. They don’t understand the danger of giving power to big government liberals because they don’t believe that bad guys will take everything from them, just because they can. They are voting for these tyrants who act nice and lie about everything. They don’t understand why conservatives are so “mean”.

      David Lanham on January 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

        @David Lanham–

        As Freud asked, and was never able to answer: “What do women want?”

        Red Ryder on January 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm

        David L., I see your post got the Libtard fool P’Shaw all agro (I don’t read his posts but noticed the LENGTH). Just so you know, I agree with what you said. I don’t have much faith in many women these days and I agree that dumb broads like to be lied to. Their would be a paucity of “single moms” (and craven ‘Baby Daddies’) if what you said was not true.

        Don’t take P’Shaw seriously. He’s the “crypto” Libtard troll who is super-low-info. Skzion tore him apart and spit him back out on “good Islam”. Hope you saw it. It was beautiful.

        Oh and Visteo, why do YOU need clarity on what Dr. Blum said? You’re passionately anti-2nd amendment and wanted a phantasmogoric “boyfriend” of mine to pistol-whip me and shoot me in my head. LOL. Libtards and hyposcrisy…ya just can’t separate them from all that is fraudulent and foul!

        Bang, bang. (Sisters Of Mercy~’Detonation Blvd.’)

        Skunky on January 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm

      Oh P’Shaw, now you’re trying to imitate prestigio? Why don’t you play in traffic?

      skzion on January 17, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Prohibition taught these libtards nothing. Back in the day gangsters made their fortune with booze. Now we will have gang-bangers (Crips, Bloods and MS-13) to get richer going into the arms biz! They seem to have no problem obtaining weapons of any description.

Rochelle on January 17, 2013 at 10:28 am

As always, stuff like this drives legitimate behavior underground and illegitimate even further underground, making life even more dangerous, not safer.

Pray Hard on January 17, 2013 at 10:54 am

    @Pray Hard, Rochelle–

    Yes. But take note that in 1919 we needed to pass a constitutional amendment on prohibition of alcohol. Now, with our fascist president, we just get Executive Orders.

    If you want to understand how Hitler came to power, just watch what’s going on now, between the libs and the compliant media.

    Nothing new under the sun.

    Red Ryder on January 17, 2013 at 11:05 am

Don’t be surprised if the liberals try to repeal the 22nd amendment also. (only 8 years for a president)
The constitution seems to be getting trashed or re-examined.
Constitution is under attack daily, if not re-written just pushed aside.

billie on January 17, 2013 at 11:28 am

Please, tell all not to disclose conservative politics to a mental health professions lest you be pathologized for your beliefs. As most are far left leaning. And do not disclose info about your fire arms, if possible.
In NY Gov Cuomo who screamed like Hitler “who needs 10 bullets to kill a deer” (as if the 2nd amendment was about deer hunting) has a new law that says I (as a mental health professional) must ‘turn in’ people I deem dangerous and they can then lose their license to have firearms.
Some psychologists are having patients sign a form that says they are aware of this new law.
I’m not sure what to do. I’ve never had the dangerous person situation come up but am used to screening for suicide/homocidal intent.
I would not want to remove anyone’s second amendment rights. If a person requires hospitalization, I assume they cannot take a fire arm with them.
Cuomo is an aspiring dictator and Obama is a full fledged one.

Cat K on January 17, 2013 at 12:18 pm

President Husein Obama rightfully shed a tear for the newtown elem kids murdered by lanza last dec …yet he sheds no tears for the inner city kids murdered on a daily basis or the 3000 syrian kids killed in the civil war. We went to war in iraq partly for regime change …assad is just as bad….all obama has to do is enforce a no fly zone . The old western backed dictators in the mideast is a thing of the past…democracy and freedom things we say we stand for are what the people of the mideast desire. A article in the New Republic revealed that israel prefers assad to any freely elected islamic govt in syria hence obama stands down.Jesus was right bible john 8 36 44 ‘ je– children of the devil’….thanx

sam on January 17, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Samir, how about that Talmud excerpt. You know, the one I asked you for on 1/7? Aren’t 10 days enough time?

    skzion on January 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    No thanks Sam I am. I am not interested in Obama’s tears on cue or the filth you like to spew. As for your figures, you cite no sources, as is usual for you.

    As for your Bible verse citation, you really do not understand what you are reading apparently.

    Unlike you, I will give a proper source:

    John 8:36-44

    Revised Standard Version (RSV)

    36 So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are descendants of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you. 38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”

    The greater context is his claiming to be the Son of God. Muslims also believe that Jesus Christ was merely a prophet, and nothing more. So, why would you even cite this verse? In addition, why would you even take a quote from the New Testament, since Islam deems all that came before the Koran to have been corrupted, and therefore unreliable? Are you becoming an apostate Sam I am? Does your Koran shame you so much that you dare not even use it as a source for refutation?

    Worry01 on January 18, 2013 at 2:51 am

The rules proposed by his majesty already exist in California. When one first sees his shrink the client is advised that the doctor is required to notify authorities if the patient has suicidal ideation or may do harm to others. Otherwise there is doctor patient confidentiality.

So much for speaking candidly with one’s health professional. Never tell anyone you own a gun.

Verne on January 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Debbie, I am curious. Did Dr. Blum mention any reasons for being turned off by the NRA endorsement? Did he mention an oath to preserve life? Did he mention digging bullets out of children’s heads? What is the rest of the story?

Visteo on January 17, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Visteo’s posts are reliably nasty and stupid. However, at least they are shorter than P’Shaw’s.

    skzion on January 17, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Skzion, if you don’t chip in your buck o five who will??

      Kershaw on January 18, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Hey Visteo, Dr. Blum was a pediatrician and ran a family practice. Surgeons do what you have described. Would you say the same thing about a domestic violence victim who shot an assailant? Or, does that thought work for you Have you dug any bullets out of people Visteo, or do you just like playing nasty for the hell of it? Have you been to a morgue Visteo? Is it nice to see an eighty year old woman on a slab who has been beaten to a pulp by an addict for $20? She was unarmed, which is what you prefer. That sort of thing happens everyday Visteo.

    Worry01 on January 18, 2013 at 2:28 am

      Worry01, have you hugged the mother of a shooting victim? Where I live murders occur all the time. Guns and dogs can be viewed as necessities here. Something that exceeds Second Amendment rights on some sick level. I would LOVE not to have these necessities. How do we get and keep guns out of dope dealers and criminals hands? That is the question to ask.

      Visteo on January 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

here ya go mate ..sannhedrin 55a 55b…your welcome

sam on January 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Are you giving us more fantasy verse citations? If you can find a verse, you can cut and paste the text. Do it Sammy, and we might laugh at you less.

    Worry01 on January 18, 2013 at 2:52 am

      Little Samir repeats the same fake cite that he started off with.

      skzion on January 20, 2013 at 9:40 am

most atheists come from judaism…look folks…at some point people realize that sitting in a dark room with phones unplugged and toliets overflowing[no flushing on sabbath] is just silly….ask sam harris…oy vey

sam on January 18, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Sam, you seem to have a problem addressing anyone coherently. Spare us the gibberish that is better suited to someone in a drunk tank. Sleep it off, and then find someone else at your Islamic Center/Mosque who is not as much of an inane drone as yourself.As you like to say, thks or thx.

    Worry01 on January 18, 2013 at 11:19 pm

The gun ban, by the way, applies to people who are INVOLUNTARILY LONG TERM TREWATED as inpatients in Minnesota. Which is as it should be.

I generally recommend that my severly depressed patients get rid of their guns until their spouse feels comfortable bringing it back in after they feel better.

Common sense should prevail, folks.

And Bless You Debbie, for your stand on frivolous medical lawsuits. I look at every patient as a potential lawsuit in doing risk evaluations, and sometimes will explain it to my patients in EXACTLY that way. (If you are dead at your own hands, this is what I should do to defend myself from your family’s lawsuit, so this is why I am protecting you in the following way—)

I try to be kind, thorough, and explanatory.

Occam's Tool on January 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Do you guys remember “Informer” by Snow?
Here are the lyrics:

What’s up man! Hey yo what’s up!
Yeah what’s goin’ on here.
Sick an’ tired of five-oh runnin’ up on the block here.
You know what I’m sayin’?
Yo Snow, they came around here lookin’ for you the other day.
Word? Word! Bust it!

CHORUS
Informer, ya’ no say dadda me Snow me I’ll go blame,
A licky Boom Boom Down.
Detective mon a says a did a me Snow me stab somewhere down the lane,
A licky Boom Boom Down.
Informer, ya’ no say dadda me Snow me I’ll go blame,
A licky Boom Boom Down.
Detective mon a says a did a me Snow me stab somewhere down the lane,
A licky Boom Boom Down.

Police a comin for me now dey blow down me door,
Breakin’ de bar troo, troo my window,
So dey put me in de back de car at de station,
From that point on me reach my destination,
Where the destination reachin, outta east detention, where the
Looked down me pants, look up me bottom, so

CHORUS

Bigger dem are they think dem have more power,
Dep on de phone me say dat one hour,
Me for want to use a once an’ now me call me lover,
Lover who me callin an’ a one Tammy,
An’ me love er’ in my heart down to my belly,
Yes a Daddy me Snow me I feel cool an’ deadly,
As the one MC Shan an’ a one Dadda Snow,
Together we-a love’em is a Tor-Na-Do, so

CHORUS

Listen for me, you better listen for me now.
Listen for me, you better listen for me now.
When me rockin’ the microphone me rock on steady,
Yes a Daddy me Snow me are de article dan.
But in a in an’ a out de dance em
Aye say where you come from a,
People em say ya come from Jamaica,
But me born an’ raised in the ghetto that I want yas to know,
Pure black people mon is all I mon know.
Yeah me shoes a an tear up an’ now me toes is a show a
Where me a born in are de one Toronto, so

CHORUS

Come with a nice young lady.
Intelligent, Yes she gentle-ly are-ee.
Everywhere me go, me never lef her at all-ee.
It’s a Daddy Snow me are de rum dance man a
Rom-ancin’ a dancin’ in a in a nation-a.
You never know say Daddy me Snow me are de Boom Shakata.
Me never lay-a down flat in dat one cardboard box a
This a Daddy me Snow me I’ll go reachin’ at de top, so…

CHORUS

Why worry? Why worry? Em worry Em worry.

Me sittin’ ’round cool with my dibbie dibbie girl,
Police knock my door,
Lick up my pal,
Rough me up an’ I can’t do a thing
Pick up my line, when my telephone ring.
Take me to the station,
Black up my hands.
Trail me down, ‘cuz I’m hangin’ with the Snowman,
What I’m gonna do,
I’m backed an’ I’m trapped,
Slap me in the face an’ took all o’ my gap.
They have no clues an’ they wanna get warmer,
But Shan won’t turn Informer!

CHORUS

Deedley dum Deedley Deedley Dum Dem Worry
Em worry Em worry Em worry.

Kershaw on January 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

Again, I’m a busy enough guy, and I hate homicidal idiots who try to wrap psychiatric illness around their murderous desires.

I just appreciate Debbie’s work against evil.

Skunky, I am sorry that all you have seen are idiot diagnosticians. By the time the ADHDers get to see me in rural settings, they have screwed up their lives pretty badly. It is a fairly obvious diagnosis, and I don’t extend it to those who are lazy. My son has ADHD and is responding well to his meds, which help make school possible and pleasantly doable for him. Given his biological mother’s history, it makes a lot of sense why he would have it.

To clue you in a bit on this—every week I get another job offer, at a minimum. More if I was looking, which I don’t, since my practice pays me $340 K a wear, roughly, with no overhead of malpractice, office expense, billing expense. I have a defined benefit pension that will pay me about $100K a year when I retire, PLUS a 403 (b) plan. The defined benefit pension plan is 50% funded by me, by the way. MN is a frugally run state. I work ALL the time, on 24/7 call 50% of the time, but I love this job, and the social beneficial aspect, since I work with 3 Native American Rezzes, is off the charts. A LOT of job satisfaction.

But I NEVER have to hunt for patients; they are slammed on my doorstep. When I diagnose ADHD it is generally unwillingly. However, the human brain is THE most complex structure in the universe, and to assume a major function like attention can’t go off kilter is foolish.

More and more, psychiatrists are overwhelmed with work; we don’t have to go hunting. At least I never have—I have always been busy from my 8th day of Private practice in 1993. And for the past 5 year I have been in the top 5% of my profession in terms of income earned (to do the best, one should be a Forensic Psychiatrist, but the number of decent and moral attorneys is not the highest, Debbie being an extraordinary example of many superb things in her life; in addition, I don’t like conflict; I prefer cooperation.).

The point of this is not how fantastic I am; it is to point out that most psychiatrists have the luxury of calling them like they see ‘em. This will grow greater in the coming years as there will be fewer psychiatrists per capita rather than more.

Occam's Tool on January 19, 2013 at 10:37 pm

That should be “years,” plural. The reason why psychiatry will not go up in numbers is that it is among the lowest paying specialties; only peds pays less (to get my income I have to be on paid call 1 in 2; I make $98.64/hr routinely, and 1/4 that for the 128 hours of call I do bi-weekly. I make $98.64 for each hour of call back into the hospital after hours, am paid $98.64 for 8 hours if I am on call for holidays plus 24 hours of call (no pay back in time, so I get that in hours), and that’s it. That makes me one of the highest paid psychiatrists in the US. We have almost NO procedures, you see.

The average kid out of medical school is looking at a $200-$250 K debt, with a salary that will actually start to pay that back starting in the early to late 30s. It is important to point out that someone like Debbie’s Dad would have done, if I recall, 6-7 years of residency AFTER 4 years of medical school AFTER 4 years of undergrad.For psychiatry, unless one does forensics or child, it is 4 years of undergrad, 4 years of medical school, 4 years of residency. The years of residency for a psyciatrist are about 80 hours a week on site, if I remember (at age 50, I’m still putting in 50-60 hours on site a week), for many other specialties, especially the surgical ones, it is closer to 100-110 hours/week.

The point I am making is that more and more students will be going into more asnd more lucrative specialties as the years will go on. So I look forward to a dearth of fellow psychiatrists per capita as the years go on. Great for me.

Occam's Tool on January 19, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Are you familiar with the poetry and philosophy of E J Thribb?

Brent Pigeon on January 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm

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