Health care reform imperils gun ownership!

It wasn’t enough that I had to deal with the Snow Queen, Joe the Plumber, Rush Limbaugh and other assorted microminds.  Now the gun owners have stepped up to the plate.

The Gun Owners of America  published a letter to its 300,000 members warning them that they stand to lose the right to bear arms if Harry Reid has his way with health care reform.  The organization, a sort of Three Stooges version of the NRA, is located in Virginia and boasts as its president, former California state senator H.L. (Bill) Richardson.  Here’s Bill’s website photo demonstrating the proper technique for suffocating pets…


Bill, writing on the president’s page, voices his infatuation with South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint.  You remember Jim.  He’s the guy who said…If we’re able to stop Obama on [health care reform], it will be his Waterloo. It will break him…

The Gun Guys, as noted in a Washington Examiner article, warn their members that the legislation will…most likely dump your gun-related health data into a government database. … This includes any firearms-related information your doctor has gleaned or any determination of post traumatic stress disorder or something similar, that can preclude you from owning firearms.

Going on, the Examiner reports that the group warns…that new “wellness and prevention” programs that would permit employers to offer employees lower premiums for healthier lifestyles do  not include anything that would prohibit “rabidly anti-gun Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius from decreeing that ‘no guns’ is somehow healthier.”

The Gunners’ website also provides a sample letter that it asks members to send to the thirty-nine Republicans who voted against the bill.   One paragraph offers the following…the Senate legislation would mandate that doctors provide ‘gun-related health data’ to a government database…

But hope is eternal.  The website offers it to their besieged members by announcing…Can you spell R-E-C-A-L-L?  GOA is looking into which states are the best targets for recalls — and you can be sure that we will be pursuing this option aggressively, exposing the Senators who sold their vote.

I realize that truth is an unnecessary, to be avoided at all costs, component of the Gunner’s website.  But a few things should be mentioned.

First, although it probably would be an excellent idea, there is no provision for a government-run, unified medical records database in the current legislation.

Second, there are no guidelines for what constitutes a healthy lifestyle.  But, if I were king, I’d give extra credit to those homes without guns.

Finally, you can’t recall a U.S. Senator.  It would violate the Constitution.  But then, unless we’re talking about gun ownership, who reads the Constitution?

Other than that the Gun Guys had it pretty straight, including President Bill’s demo of pet suffocation, proving once again that we can get along quite nicely without guns.

6 Responses to “Health care reform imperils gun ownership!”

  1. 1 Grampa George November 25, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    First Fred , Happy Thanksgiven. Do you ever feel that your on the wrong side of something?. I don’t have a Gun, so I don’t give a Rat’s A– what the bill does to Guns. I want to hear more from Nancy’s side on this Health Bill, or is she not Talking to you by this time. I heard from Mark, that Mo had surgery. Babys, are doing fine, Grandma, has stomich Flu, so she can’t go over help this week. Give that wonderful wife of your a Hug for me, stay well, I’m thinking that after 75, your not surpossed to be well?.


  2. 2 Sharon November 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I read your blog but don’t comment. We are probably on different sides-but that;s OK!


  3. 3 Sid Cohn November 26, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! We’re goin’ out and shoot a turkey. Wanna comealong? Yeeha! Sid & Sheila


  4. 4 Moferry November 26, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you both – I heard the same nonsense on NPR as I drove to work yesterday morning and thought if more people could hear about the Gun Owners that would be a likely reason for increased support of Health Reform –

    and even if it is misinformation I like the idea that someone might be persuaded that they couldn’t buy a gun – if they are worried that information about them would prohibit them getting a gun, they probably shouldn’t be able to buy a gun!

    Love Mo


  5. 5 Anne Shrage November 29, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Hi, am still in Connecticut with people on the opposite side of everything I believe in. It’s great to hear hear your intelligent comments. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

    see you soon…anne


  6. 6 Aryna November 29, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving. I too was away for the holiday with half the folks on the “other side” so all political discussions were carefully avoided. We especially don’t like to insult my ex’s mother -in -law,(step) great grandma, who during the 2004 Presidential campaign was insensed at “That Kerry, who liked about his medal in Vietnam!”
    Thanks for the update.


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