How about a new routine for Jeff Foxworthy: “If you own a gun, you might be mentally ill”

Imagine that 1 in 17 of us are mentally incompetent or ill, and, as such, are ineligible to own a firearm.

You: “Oh, but there aren’t that many mentally ill among us!”

Me: Umm, not according to Senator Maria Cantwell, who recently wrote and I do quote “According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in 17 Americans suffers from a seriously debilitating mental illness. I care deeply about mental health care and understand the important role behavioral health services play in the lives of both those who suffer from mental illness and their family and loved ones.”

I’ll bet the good Senator does care deeply, enough so that she, along with other deeply caring individuals in Congress, seek to implement new standards designed to seek out the more than 5% of Americans whose bread ain’t quite done. But to what end? I get the “care deeply about mental health care” part, but question where the “understand the important role behavioral health services play in the lives” part seeks to take the American people. Additionally, one has to wonder by what standard are we Americans being evaluated?

When was I evaluated that they might have an accurate number to go by? When wast thou last evaluated thus?

I believe the primary focus of the most recent Obama Executive Orders is to have Americans psychologically evaluated and rated. You know, kind of like the IQ testing conducted yearly on we younglings whilst in our formative school years. That brain-fry day when we had to put our thinking caps on and fill in the dots on page after page after page of stuff we’d better know. In like manner, Americans (read that especially gun owners) will be subjected to mandatory pysch evals and, not surprisingly, will be found mentally ill or incompetent, and lose their rights due to such illness. Such is the insidious nature of the new Executive Orders.

As always, President Obama intends to appoint non-elected “Professionals” to do the evaluating, and, indeed, has already done so at our VA facilities. President F.D. Roosevelt stacked the Supreme Court with Justices put there to do his bidding, and now President Obama intends to put in place Mental Health Professionals designed to do the same for him. For example, ever notice how when you go to the VA these days, a series of questions is asked about your mental frame of mind? “Are you depressed?”, “Do you feel like hurting yourself or others?” (Innocent enough. Yes?), followed by “Do you have a firearm (gun) in the home?” The smart ones are saying “There’s your mental health question for you.” The stupid ones are asking “What’s the big deal??”

Diane Feinstein’s Firearms Bill doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of passing in the House, and could face a tough fight in the Senate, but that’s what Obama wants the focus on right now. He wants people to ignore the mental health Executive Orders, which, on the surface, seem innocuous enough, but which also need the same amount of focus as the Feinstein Bill. I won’t say “don’t write Congress about the Feinstein Bill” because it is important that we do so, but I do also say we write Congress to also protest the blatantly ad hoc nature of psychological evaluations and background checks. It’s all too easy to create ‘mental illness’ where there is none, based upon a set of arbitrary standards established by an entity with a particular agenda.

Imagine a ‘new clinical study’ coming out with a set of “If you {fill in the blank}, you might be a Redneck.” guidelines:

  • If you take medication for depression, you might be mentally ill.
  • If you take medication for ADD/ADHD, you might be mentally ill.
  • If you take medication for high blood pressure, you might be mentally ill.
  • If you take pain medication to cope with long term pain, you might be mentally ill.
  • If you have a stressful job and can’t pay all the bills, you might be mentally ill.
  • If you’re out of work, or only have a part time job, you might be mentally ill.
  • If you have a gun in the home, you might be mentally ill; remember the VA hospital question above? Thought I’d forgotten that, didn’t you?
  • If you own a gun and/or support the Second Amendment, you must hate the government and might be mentally ill.

Look at Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s remarks in the last week about the ‘demons’ that are the GOP because they support the 2nd Amendment. Add that to the list above: If you’re a member of the GOP, you might be mentally ill. The mental health directives just issued through Executive Orders are simply another move towards a modern day witch hunt designed to categorize/marginalize Americans and strip them/us! of our rights.

Finally, with regard to the Executive Orders, Obama has performed another end around on the Constitution by requiring Federal background checks, when the Supreme Court has pretty much given regulation and background checks into the hands of the States. Remember the 10th Amendment here, that whatsoever is given to the States belongs to the States. Side note: background checks, already being the purview of State and local authorities, are already being conducted and regularly reported to the NICS database.

So, there’s your chew bone for the morning. Have at it…




The Feinstein Bill, while important, is something of a red herring by comparison to the mental health care issue. If a government can classify a segment of its people, then they have you under their control. Remember the mark of the beast spoken of in the Bible? Apply that thought to what’s coming with psychological evaluations, the reporting of those evaluations to federal agencies, and how the results of those evaluations will apply to every aspect of our lives.