Ron Paul: Mental Health Screening. A Good Way To Decrease Liberty, Poor Way To Increase Security

Last week Americans were shocked and saddened by another mass killing, this one near a college campus in California. We all feel deep sympathy for the families of the victims.

As usual, many people responded to this shooting by calling for new federal gun controlpaul laws, including the mental health screening of anyone attempting to purchase a firearm. There are a number of problems with this proposal. Federally-mandated mental health screenings would require storing mental health records in a government database. This obviously raises concerns about patient privacy and doctor-patient confidentiality, as well as the threat of identity theft. Anyone who doubts that these are legitimate concerns should consider the enormous privacy problems with the Obamacare website; some have even suggested that healthcare.gov be renamed indentifytheft.gov.

Giving government the power to bar some Americans from owning guns by labeling them as “mentally ill” could easily lead to serious abuses. Even authors of mental health manuals admit that mental health diagnoses are subjective and can be based on “social constructions.” Thus, anyone whose behavior deviates from some “norm” could find himself deprived of his second amendment, and possibly other, rights. Continue reading

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NH: Help Stop Gun Control Bill HB 1589 – Call Your Reps

Please call your state reps and let them know you oppose HB1589.

This week the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee voted 10-8 on a straight party line vote “Ought to Pass” (OTP) on HB 1589.  “Sell or lend a gun to a friend, go to jail bill”, making it even more prohibitive to privately sell or transfer your own firearm in the Granite State.

If this law passes, the Bloomberg, New York City elitists that are pushing this bill in New Hampshire will gain momentum to pass other broad and far reaching gun and magazine bans, ammunition bans, gun registries, etc. We’ve seen this play out in other states. We know the game plan. Gun control doesn’t lead to more safety, it leads to more gun control.

New Hampshire is currently one of the safest states in the country. They’re trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist while making currently legal activities that have not been shown to be dangerous, illegal.

We need to continue reaching out to our state reps to ensure this bill dies in the house.

Please take a moment to call your New Hampshire State Representatives and let them know you oppose this bill. You can locate your state reps here: Continue reading

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Tips: Get Your “Letter To The Editor” Published in New Hampshire Newspapers

Making your voice heard is a critical part of preserving liberty in New Hampshire.newspapers

Writing a Letter to the Editor (LTE) is one way to bring attention to an issue or piece of legislation that impacts your community. It’s also a great way to let like-minded members of your community know they are not alone and to provide others with an alternative view to what the media is pushing in their headlines.

The New Hampshire Republican Party website has a handy tool that simplifies the process of writing and sending your letters.

You first enter your zip code and are then presented with a list of newspapers in your area. Next, select which newspapers you want to send your letter to. Fill out your contact information, compose your letter and finally send to the selected newspapers.

Check it out over at Continue reading

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HB 1589: Total Mockery of the NH Legislative Process

From the New Hampshire Firearms Coalition:

Dear NHFC,

This past Thursday, the House Commerce Committee Chairman, Rep. Ed Butler, held yet another so called “executive session” on HB1589.  The hearing was overwhelmingly attended by responsible citizens in the state, citizens like you and me; yet the Chairman and some committee members still choose to ignore the input of the people.

The session was a farce — a total mockery of the legislative process.  We even found out during the session that the amendment being handed out was not the final version.  The fix was in and they intended to modify this bill yet again.

You see, Rep. Butler is squarely in the pocket of gun-control puppet-masters like Michael Bloomberg.  Continue reading

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Common Core: Key NH Education Bills to be Heard on February 6th

H/T GraniteGrok.com:

Press Conference

“THE NH DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OVERREACH IN COMMON CORE”

 When: Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:00 am – 10:20 am

Where: Legislative Office Building, 33 N. State Street, Concord

First floor lobby. Bring your friends!

Who: Rep. Jane Cormier; Doris Hohensee, NH Families For Education; and Michelle Levell, NH Liberty Alliance

Speakers will offer 4 -5 minutes on different aspects of NH DOE overreach. In addition, there will be many education bills heard on this day:  Continue reading

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New Hampshire House to Consider Bloomberg Gun Control Bill

From Gun Owners of America:

For the past couple of weeks, Gun Owners of America has told you about New Hampshire Senate Bill 244. That legislation is being touted by gun control supporters as a “placeholder” which will serve as temporary gun control victory and a platform for new control demands.

Now, the House will soon be considering another bill which, at its core, was actually drafted by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control zealots.

This new bill — House Bill 1589-FN — would set the stage for putting the names of New Hampshire gun owners into a national gun registry.  It would do this by requiring that virtually any gun transaction in New Hampshire — private or commercial — be subject to a Brady Check.  Continue reading

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Attorney on HB 1589: There Are More Defects in Here Than a Committee Has Time to Listen To

NH House Committee’s hearing on HB 1589 in Representative’s Hall in the New Hampshire State House on Tuesday, January 21.

Watch Attorney Penny Dean’s Testimony on HB1589 (The Sell or Loan a Gun to a Friend, Go to Prison Bill): Continue reading

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“You can be free, or you can obey the law, but not both.”

Ian Underwood presented the testimony below for HB1589 to the Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs on Tuesday, January 21st.

New Hampshire HB 1589 is a bill that if passed will put you in prison for up to 7 years if you sell or loan a gun to a friend, shooting partner or hunting buddy.

Watch Ian Underwood’s testimony:  Continue reading

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Sub Committee working to pass NH “sell a gun go to jail bill”

A letter from the New Hampshire Firearm Coalition:

Dear NHFC Supporter,

Earlier this week we told you about New Hampshire HB 1589.  A bill that will put you in prison for up to 7 years if you sell or loan a gun to a friend, shooting partner or hunting buddy.

The bill had a public hearing on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 and opponents outnumbered supporters by 30 – 1.  Nevertheless, instead of just killing the bill, Rep. Edward Butler, Chairman of the House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee has appointed himself and 2 other State Representatives to a “sub committee” to “study” the bill.

Here’s what you need to do: Continue reading

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New Hampshire Bill Would Block State Enforcement of Federal Firearms Laws

HB1362 has been introduced in the house and would prohibit enforcement of any federal law which bans certain firearms or limits firearm magazine size. The bill would also establish a criminal penalty for enforcement.

If passed, this bill would ban state agents from enforcing federal gun laws on firearms made and remaining within the state of New Hampshire.  Continue reading

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