Guns and Doctors Shouldn’t Mix

The Bill of Rights, focus on the right of the people to keep and bear arms

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

There is a considerable amount of discussion circulating over the Internet about the invasion of privacy from doctors and insurance companies asking patients about gun ownership. It is becoming a very politically charged issue. In some cases state laws prevent it (Florida) and in others nothing. There are medical organizations driving this anti-civil liberties agenda and finally some of it is coming from both doctors and/or insurance companies.

There are a number of articles floating around about how to handle the situation if a doctor asks you gun ownership. Many of them discuss “making a statement” or filing complaints and other such actions. I can appreciate the need to fight back, but I am not sure that is the best course of action here.

When I was in college I knew a gentleman that was about 20 years my senior and was coming back to finish his degree and get a graduate degree. By all accounts this guy would be considered a bit off. He was a conspiracy theorist to the nth degree. He would go on long diatribes about social security numbers, the Fed, black helicopters, and any other number of issues. He would go online forums and argue, debate fellow students, write letters, put letters to the editor in the paper and many other activist activities.

Today I have no idea where he lives or what he is doing or even if he is still alive for that matter. What I do know is all the same things he rallied against back then are still issues today. If you believe in or don’t believe in these things is not what is tangent to this post.

One thing I repeatedly pointed out to him was the potential issue to himself from deliberately bringing down a larger and better funded enemy down on his head. I refer of course to the number of bureaucrats, ABC government officials and their countless databases and record keeping systems. I used to offer a metaphor/parable to him. I said if you are walking across your wooden deck with your bare feet and you come across nails poking up a little what are you likely to do? My rhetorical question/answer was you would take a hammer to the offending nail. The nails that would NOT receive a hammer blow were the ones that stayed low and didn’t bring attention to themselves by poking up.

I felt this was a good parable for life when dealing with our oppressive government of today at all levels. If you yell and scream all the time you will bring a lot of unwanted attention to yourself and when the hammer comes out (and it always does at some point) you will be the first one to get pounded down. While I can appreciate and even participate in activist activities you have to know how and when to do it. You have to be smart about it.

In my opinion arguing with your doctor, filing complaints against them or the insurance company, taking to social media to protest, refusing to answer on the grounds that it is none of their business etc. just makes you that proverbial nail poking up on the deck. If you say you refuse to answer because it makes you uncomfortable or you refuse to answer you might as well as just say “yes” because you already did. It will be noted in their file and anyone with half a brain will guess you have guns and are refusing to answer because you are one of those crazy NRA guys. If you take it farther by writing letters, complaints, etc. you simply raise your profile even more.

Let me offer what I believe to be the absolute best solution. I am at the doctor and they are going through their little questionnaire and hit the question of do I own guns. Here is my elaborate well planned, perfectly executed battle strategy for just such a situation… “no” next question.

Yep, that is it. Simply say no with a straight face and move on. In case it isn’t super clear I am telling you to LIE to them. It is none of their business anyway so I feel no moral compunction to tell the truth. It won’t impact the health services I receive in ANY way if they don’t know. I stay out of any databases and I my “objection” is also not noted anywhere. Nobody, but me and wall know the truth. Now doesn’t that sound like a much better solution?

With my solution I might not be an activist and I might be “rolling over to tyranny” and whatever else someone wants to accuse me of. You know what else I also am? Untracked, unrecorded, with no notation in my PERMANENT medical record as having any issues for or against guns. A record that is easily previewed by any number of Federal government bureaucrats. I don’t receive diminished healthcare services, don’t create an adversarial relationship with my doctor, insurance company and most importantly don’t become the proverbial nail poking up on the deck waiting for the hammer to fall.

If you disagree you are free to handle it any way you want. I know how I will handle it.

Cleansing Society of Offensive Stuff

Within days of the Charleston South Carolina shooting by a self proclaimed racist that believed he had to “protect” his culture the PC police were out in force trying to again cleanse society of anything offensive. The target this time is the Confederate flag and apparently anything to do with the civil war. To add insult to injury one reporter was even speculating that we should remove the Jefferson monument because he [Jefferson] held slaves.

In a word all of this is STUPID! With so many people out there deciding to throw so many objects into the furnace because it might offend someone can we be far away from book banning and burning? I say we have to be right on the cusp of book burning.

No where in the Constitution or in Natural Law for that matter does it say we have a right to not be offended. People should simply be able to have a mature and civil discussion about ANYTHING and be able to rationally debate and articulate their beliefs without resorting to personal attacks, banning everything and causing riots when we don’t get our way.

Intellectual debate in our country has taken one crippling blow after another since Obama has been in office, but honestly was even taking body shots before we ever heard his name uttered.

We have college educated potential future lawyers and judges saying we should have laws against “hate” speech! What exactly is hate speech and who gets to decide it is hate speech?

That is truly the dangerous ground we are getting into here with all of this PC talk going on today. It is truly suppressing not only free speech, but the very ability to have rational and civil debate on anything. People simply want to shut out anything they personally disagree with and find personally offensive. They don’t even want to be exposed to the very ideas like it is some type of virus they might catch.

The problem is who gets to decide what is hate speech and what is acceptable ideas and what needs to be banned? If someone likes the Confederate flag and someone else likes the hammer and sickle flag of communist Russia and each is offended by the other who gets to decide which one gets banned? Do both of them get banned? Does the person who currently holds the majority in Congress, however slight, get to rule and ban the other one? For everyone? Even if we are talking a 51/49 majority? Does the 49% have any rights? or do they completely lose their rights because the 51% are the “majority” at that exact moment in time? What happens if the tables get switched at the next election, should the now majority that was previously the minority ban everything from the other?

See you get into very slippery territory here very quickly. All because some group doesn’t want to be “offended” by what they perceive to be “hate” speech.

If you have two groups each with different symbols and both calling the other group’s symbols “hate speech” which one does the law ban as “hate speech” apply to?

This of course continues to spiral down and out of control very quickly until ALL free speech is gone for everyone accept the group in power with the most guns. Tyranny. It keeps going until all books, ideas, concepts, debates, and speeches of the side NOT in power are banned and we live under a new tyranny.

We are told constantly that we can’t judge all Muslims because of a few radicals that kill innocent people. We are told those Muslims don’t represent all Muslims. However when one racist nut job kills people in Charleston we have to ban flags, speech, monuments, guns and apparently large chunks of American history to satisfy the PC crowd. Just wait until the next Muslim terrorist does something and let’s call for banning the Koran, any mention of Middle Eastern countries and anything associated with their culture and watch the liberal heavens split asunder as they scream like banshees.

Unfortunately for PC oriented liberals the logic is identical even if they don’t like it. One person commits an atrocity based on a belief system and suddenly we ban everything associated with that belief system for everyone because of one misguided person.

Unless people truly become more tolerant and willing to listen to all ideas and debate everything rationally and civilly Western civilization is truly doomed.