Saturday, October 31, 2009

Heatlh Reform and Gun Rights

Reuters reports on the possibility that the latest version of the Health Reform Bill might contain some provisions concerning guns and gun rights.

"The Obama administration and its supporters are using every trick in the book to undermine the gun rights of law-abiding American citizens," John M. Snyder charged here today. "Speaker Pelosi's Halloween government health care bill announcement only underscores this reality." (

Shotgun News recently named Snyder the senior rights activist in Washington. A former NRA editor, he is a director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Manager of Telum Associates, LL.C.

"The current attempt to take over the American health care system by ramming government controls through Congress among other things is a back door attempt to get after Americans' guns," said Snyder. "Obama is trying to do an end run around the Second Amendment under the health care rubric. His National Institutes of Health already is positing an adverse relationship between firearms and health.

Isn't it funny that we were just talking about this? Fishy Jay was suggesting that liberals were showing their hypocrisy in not protesting the tacking of the homosexuality bill onto the military spending one. What about this guy, though? Where was John Snyder when they tacked the "guns in national parks" bill onto the credit card legislation?

The other thing I noticed is that Mr. Snyder seems to be saying that the entire Health Care bill is there for the purpose of slipping in some gun restrictions. Isn't that a little egotistical not to mention paranoid? The Health Care Bill is a "back door attempt to get Americans' guns," says he. For a good laugh watch the video. When he talks about the ORB plan, I wondered what the harsh critics of Jackie Kuhls thought. "The American people are watching ORB."

He says this about the bill:

[It] could be used by anti-gun government bureaucrats to deny health insurance coverage to citizens who possess firearms. Under plans currently being considered in Congress, people could be denied health coverage simply because they owned guns. Bureaucrats could determine that gun ownership constitutes a health hazard. This would be a sleazy, dictatorial backdoor attempt to force law-abiding American citizens to give up their guns."

I'd like to know where exactly in the thousand-plus pages of text it says that. He says it "could" do this and bureaucrats "could" determine. It sounds vague and fishy to me. What do you think?

Could this be just another attempt to generate resistance to Obama's plan? That's what it sounds like to me.

Please leave a comment.


  1. "He says it "could" do this and bureaucrats "could" determine. It sounds vague and fishy to me."

    You use this exact tactic all the time and now you have a problem with it?

  2. kaveman, Thanks for putting me on the same level with someone like Mr. Snyder who has held several important positions in the gun rights movement. In all humility, I must point out that I'm just a little blogger. But, thanks for taking me so seriously that I should be held to the same standaards as him.