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April 15, 2013 - 6:58 am

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said the next step in gun-control is going to be expanding the definition of those deemed mentally unfit to own a gun.

“One of the things that we’re going to be focusing on in Delaware, including pursuing a background — universal background check which we passed in one — in one House, in the House of Representatives in our state legislature two weeks ago. Moving forward to the state Senate,” Biden said Friday on MSNBC.

“But the other piece that we’re going to be introducing next week is another part of our package. And that is expanding and broadening the category of folks who have a mental health issue that we believe should prohibit them from possessing a firearm,” he added.

The mental health definition has been fuzzy in gun bills introduced on the federal level, but usually has boiled down to whether a person is adjudicated mentally ill. Much of the debate on the Hill has been about whether a doctor can violate patient confidentiality in reporting a person to be listed in the gun-check database, and whether that would discourage those afflicted by mental illness from seeking treatment.

Biden called adjudication “a very high standard, basically being involuntarily committed to a mental institution.”

“We’re going to introduce legislation next week that says that if you are believed to be a risk to yourself or to others by your health care professional, that that health care professional would have an obligation to report that fact to a police agency who then would initiate a process to — to make sure that you do not possess a firearm,” said the vice president’s son.

“You would have due process rights and you have a judicial proceeding. But to make sure that those people who are mentally ill, that doctors believe shouldn’t be in possession of a weapon, don’t have them,” Biden continued. “Only 1300 people in 2010, for instance, were prohibited from possessing firearms because they were adjudicated mentally ill. This will broaden that category of people. We’ll have due process built into it. It will be constitutional and I think save lives, ultimately.”

Demonstrating his dad’s penchant for punny slips of the tongue, Biden later said he’d “jumped the gun” in talking about the new legislation.

“I’ve been privileged to watch my father answer the president’s charge in coming up with a comprehensive set of measures that protect kids ultimately and our families around this country,” Biden said of the veep. “I’ve watched my dad late into the night on the phone with the mothers and fathers, the survivors of — of this, of these tragedies in Connecticut and listened to them. Mostly in the listening mode.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Standard Soviet practice: anybody who opposes the government is, by definition, mentally ill.
See also the last week or so of cartoons at Day by Day (http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/)
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For starters, the Army manual says Evangelical Christians and Catholics are potential terrorists so I can just image the criteria for taking guns away that is being set up.

Bill Ayers, Bernadette Dorn, Jesse Jackson, Jr - you're safe. Beyonce and Jay-Z, the Cuban vacationers, you're safe, too. Biden is only looking for troublesome people.

When we read Biden advising us to shoot both barrels into the air from our porch and if trouble is still there, shoot through the front door, you know why the jackass is still the Democrat moniker.
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If you are working from home, please quit wasting time posting about you "jobs" here. Kristen, no one wants to know what you do on Craig's List to lure men to your double wide.
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OK, politicians....
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Yes, Beau. And you could start with Daddy.
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"those deemed mentally unfit"

Note: not adjudicated mentally defective; not psychotic; not even, merely, mentally ill. No, anyone some doctor deems "mentally unfit". And given the political leanings of many doctors, they will deem anyone who owns a gun as, by definition, mentally unit.
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Did you notice how many times BB mentioned "due process"?
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Bear in mind -- pun intended -- that the left deems ALL Republicans and conservatives to be, by definition, psychotic. See, eg., http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443686004577635841595339790.html
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Be careful, your daddy might be one of the first to be banned from owning a firearm. Dementia would be as good as a reason as any.....
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What a perfect opportunity for doctors with a political agenda, to aid gun controllers, in relieving citizens of their Second Amendment rights. How "fair" of AG Beau Biden, to allow them due process rights and judicial proceeding, that 's if they can afford a lawyer to defend their civil rights, against a state government with limitless resources. The totalitarians are on a roll, America.
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At the very least, great expense if you get tagged. Many could not afford counsel and litigation costs to get their guns back. this has the potential fr much abuse.

There is a reason, by the way, that it is very hard to have somebody involuntarily committed. Having you freedom taken away is just as devastating when it is done by a shrink as when it is done by the DA.
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Two signatures of interested parties is all it takes to have someone Baker Acted in Florida.
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"Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said the next step in gun-control is going to be expanding the definition of those deemed mentally unfit to own a gun."
I'm pretty sure that Beau is too young to have been a student of Mengele; but holy moly, he sure sounds like he's impersonating Mengele. I think I'm finally realizing that the spirit of the 3rd Reich is alive and well ... in the 4th Reich, in which Beau's words would be held in great esteem. Beau has clearly stepped into the realm of insanity.
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Actually, I think Beau Biden is more closely imitating the Krushchev/Breshnev era Soviets. This article on the late General Grigorenko explains fairly briefly how the Soviets handled some dissidents in the more humane post-Stalin era: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyotr_Grigorenko. There was a passage about how one doctor failed to find any sign of mental illness in Grigorenko and argued for his release. The doctor himself was then found mentally ill and locked up for several years!
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