Politics: Pass it to find out: Obamacare outlaws government gun registration
Published by: Robert Laurie on Thursday January 10th, 2013
By ROBERT LAURIE – ....at least under the guise of health care.
Update: Here’s the actual language from the amendment, which appears on page 2037 of the monstrous law.
(2) LIMITATION ON DATA COLLECTION- None of the authorities provided to the Secretary under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or an amendment made by that Act shall be construed to authorize or may be used for the collection of any information relating to–`(A) the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition;`(B) the lawful use of a firearm or ammunition; or`(C) the lawful storage of a firearm or ammunition
Despite what CNN is saying, it would appear that this only forbids the government's use of Obamacare as an excuse to register your guns. It would not prevent registration by other federal agencies, nor would it superceed legislation that is not based on the health care law. It will Likely end up as the basis for a legal challenge, but it probably won't get very far.
Remember when Obamacare was rammed through the legislature and no one had time to actually read the bill before voting on it? Some of us suggested that maybe this wasn't the best plan. We argued that perhaps - just perhaps - it would be better to know what laws you're creating before they're enacted.
It was around this time that Nancy Pelosi took to the microphones and famously claimed that "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it."
Well, she's about to become very familiar with "what's in it."
Senate amendment 3276, Sec. 2716, part c. was attached to the Obamacare bill by none other than Harry Reid. Evidently, it was written to appease the National Rifle Association, and make sure the organization didn’t get involved with the health care debate. At the time, Reid was a staunch advocate of the 2nd Amendment, though he now claims his views on guns "are changing."
Irony of ironies: CNN is reporting that his amendment makes it illegal for the federal government to collect "any information relating to the lawful ownership or possession of a firearm or ammunition."
In short, possibly because no one ever read it, Obama's signature piece of legislation contained language that forbids much of the gun control agenda that he and Dianne Feinstein so desperately want to pass.
Now, we’re dealing with an out of control administration – one that’s more than happy to ignore the constitution whenever it sees fit - so there’s no reason to think Obama wouldn’t ignore parts of his own landmark legislation as well.
Still, it is an obstacle, and an embarrassing one at that. In his feverish need to cram Obamacare down our throats, the President created a major roadblock to his own dream of national gun control and registration.
Here’s the heavily slanted CNN report on the matter: