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“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” — Thomas Jefferson

A  Democrat-lead legislature in Massachusetts intends to pass legislation (H 2005) that would force doctors in the state to identify patients who have guns in their homes, and to target them for gun confiscation under the state’s “Red Flag” statute.

“In the midst of a Democrat-led, multi-state assault on the right to keep and bear arms comes this. A Massachusetts politician has proposed a bill to mandate that doctors in the state “screen” patients for gun ownership, and then report owners to the state for possible targeting by red flag statues.” — Gardner Goldsmith, MRC TV

Democrat Representative Jon Santiago’s proposed legislation calls for the state public health commissioner to “promulgate regulations establishing (1) the means by which and the intervals at which patients shall be screened for the presence of firearms in the home and (2) guidelines for safety counseling for individuals that screen positive for the presence of firearms in the home.”

The Boston lawmaker’s proposed bill empowers doctors to treat gun ownership like a disease and gun violence as a public health concern.

“We know that gun safety is a public health issue. As such, doctors are uniquely positioned to help prevent gun-related injury and death.” — Marty Martinez, Boston Health and Human Services Chief

Santiago’s bill systematically screens “all patients for the presence of firearms in the home.” Santiago and his colleagues run ruff-shod over that fact that Massachusetts gun owners have the God-given right as pointed out in the Second Amendment to “screen positive for the presence of firearms.”

“Simply put, not only the bill, but the terminology used shows the disdain for simply exercising our civil rights in the Commonwealth.” — Gun Owners Action League, website post

Although some community health centers in the state already question patients about gun ownership and guns in the home, Massachusetts does not have a formal firearm screening program and the state guidelines to implement it.

“Many doctors have already adopted the kind of intervention we’re discussing today as best practice. This bill would simply make that practice universal amongst all medical professionals.” Jennifer Lo, Medical Director, Boston Public Health Commission

Currently no other state has similar policies in place to implement a gun-question screening program, and no details have been provided explaining just how the newly proposed screening program would work.

But the bill’s proponents aren’t sticklers for details. They say the medical consults will be similar to those already being conducted by medical professionals with patients about substance use and mental health.

The truth is Massachusetts legislators are treating guns like a deadly pathogen, and gun owners like carriers. Under the guise of protecting the community, the Democrat legislators want to quarantine gun owners and confiscated guns via “Red Flag” to prevent perceived outbreaks of violence.

“For many years the anti-civil rights crowd has tried to make gun violence a public health crisis. Now it appears that they want to treat simple gun ownership as a disease!” — Gun Owners Action League, website post


 

 

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Defend the Constitution, Don’t Amend It

By Jerry A. Kane

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free … it expects what never was and never will be.”— Thomas Jefferson

Many Americans are too intellectually lazy to act as vigilant citizens, so they have deferred that responsibility to lobbyists and activists promoting an Article V “Convention for proposing Amendments,” a.k.a. the Convention of States (CoS) Project.

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Article V of the Constitution establishes two ways for proposing amendments to the Constitution: “whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states.”

The CoS Project wants to convene a convention to propose amendments that will “impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and limit the terms of office for its officials and for members of Congress.”

The problem is America’s tyrannical federal government did not arise due to a defect in the Constitution; leviathan arose because the Constitution is not being enforced and obeyed. That is to say, the Constitution is not flawed but the enforcement of its provisions is. And quick-fix repairs offered under the guise of “reining in the federal government” could backfire and open up the Constitution to revisions or wholesale rewrites.

“One of the most serious problems Article V poses is a runaway convention. There is no enforceable mechanism to prevent a convention from reporting out wholesale changes to our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Moreover, the absence of any mechanism to ensure representative selection of delegates could put a runaway convention in the hands of single-issue groups whose self-interest may be contrary to our national well-being.”—Arthur Goldberg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, op-ed Miami Herald, 1986

We don’t need a cadre of politicians, pundits, media personalities, and establishment elites to “fix” our Constitution with their words and amendments when the Constitution is not broken. The Constitution should be preserved, protected, and defended from tinkering by these tinhorns and their moneyed interests.

Our Constitution is a historical miracle and a one-of-a-kind document that is the envy of the world. To convene a convention to alter it is not only foolhardy but it is tempting fate.

“Miracles do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen again. Hold on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there will be anarchy throughout the world.”—Daniel Webster

In “Dangers of an Article V Constitutional Convention,” the 55 minute video below, KrisAnne Hall and Peter Boyce explain the problems with the Convention of States idea.

“For one to fundamentally transform America, it would take structural changes to the Constitution.”—Peter Boyce

A CoS would provide the structural changes that are needed to complete Barack Obama’s transformation of America. Listen carefully and weigh the arguments presented by Hall and Boyce to understand the inherent dangers of the CoS Project

Americans need to realize that once the CoS application triggers an Article V Convention for proposing amendments, the entire Constitution will be subject to amendment. The truth is a Convention of States will destroy our Constitution if it is not stopped now.


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