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March 27, 2013 - 12:05 pm

President Obama warned that if Congress didn’t bend to his will on gun control, he would act without them. Support for his gun control proposals is waning in Congress, to the point that he has had to move the goalposts on the “assault” weapons ban. Now, the administration is merely demanding a vote on the ban, aware that it lacks the votes to pass.

The Hill reports that Obama is gearing up to move without Congress on background checks, by proposing a new rule regarding the FBI’s National Instant Background Check system.

According to the Hill:

The database is meant to keep guns out of the hands of felons, drug abusers, the severely mentally ill and others who are prohibited from owning firearms. But most states have declined to release certain information to the system, citing restrictions under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that prevent them from sharing medical records.

While details of the rule now under consideration have not been released, the administration said in January that it would “begin the regulatory process to remove any needless barriers” preventing states from sharing records.

“Needless barriers” now evidently includes a bipartisan law passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton for the express purpose of maintaining the privacy of Americans’ medical records. “Needless barriers” now evidently includes state laws passed by state legislatures and signed into law by state governors.

So many needless barriers, when you’re not a dictator.

Support for stricter gun control is now below 50% according to a CBS poll released this week. That is not slowing Obama down. If anything, the slide in support is speeding him up.

According to activists pushing civil rights on another issue that’s currently before the Supreme Court, civil rights should not be subject to popularity contests. The right to bear arms is clearly a civil right, as it is enshrined in the Constitution’s Second Amendment. That amendment must be another of those needless barriers.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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All those 5 year olds with bubble guns and fingers going" bang bang" are going to end up on Ritalin and Prozac; They will be banned from owning photographs of guns,let alone the real thing.
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if you put the medical records and financial records together, you pretty much have total knowledge of the populace. it is not an accident that the IRS is supposed to manage the information for Obamacare. it would be far more reasonable, if obamacare was reasonable, to put it under HHS since sebelius is the mouthpiece. it isn't, and never was, about health care or money. it is about control.
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We've been debating for a few years, now, about the danger of a centralized medical record system. We know damned well that, the resitrictions on access will be violated by whim, and eeventually be removed by government. First, they get the database, then it gets used against the citizens, and laws against such be damned. Don't create the potential for abuse, and it can't get abused.
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ToldYouSo...ToldYouSo...ToldYouSo...ToldYouSo...ToldYouSo...ToldYouSo...ToldYouSo...ToldYouSo...ToldYouSo...ToldYouSo...ToldYouSo...ToldYouSo...

And how long until my predictions about the psychological evaluations of our returning soldiers are used as justification to strip them of their 2nd Amendment rights..... DHS has already identified them as being at risk of becoming domestic terrorists.
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