Are Climate Skeptics Too ‘Mentally Ill’ to Buy Guns Under Obama’s New Rules?
Eco-psychologists (yes, they are real) say denying climate change is a mental disorder.
Could that prevent you from owning a gun?
Today, Pres. Obama announced new executive orders on gun control designed to keep “mentally ill” people from buying guns – but, will they be used to prevent climate skeptics from buying firearms?
Under Obama’s new rules, doctors can now report people deemed “mentally ill” to the FBI so they can be denied gun licenses.
As the official White House fact sheet on the new gun control regulations states (emphasis added):
“Current law prohibits individuals from buying a gun if, because of a mental health issue, they are either a danger to themselves or others or are unable to manage their own affairs. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has indicated that it will begin the rulemaking process to ensure that appropriate information in its records is reported to NICS.”
If, as Pres. Obama has repeatedly claimed, climate change is a greater threat than terrorism, then aren’t people who deny the climate threat “a danger to themselves or others” and unfit to own guns?
The idea that climate skeptics are mentally ill is nothing new:
Oregon-based professor of "sociology and environmental studies" Kari Norgaard has declared climate skepticism a mental illness that must be “treated.”
Psychology Today published an article listing three warning signs that you are in “climate change denial”:
“You think climate change is bad, but not that bad.”
“You don’t have an emotional reaction to climate change.”
“You aren’t getting political.”
Thus, if you don’t think the climate threat is great enough, or you’re not furious about it, or you’re not politically active in the climate fight, then you’ve got mental issues.
The Telegraph’s “Climate 'denial' is now a mental disorder” explains how so-call “eco-psychologists” convened at the University of the West of England in Bristol to explore classifying “climate change denial” as a “mental disorder.”
Nature.com published an article warning about high-carbon “addiction” (using central heating, etc.)
And remember when Obama's EPA Chief Gina McCarthy declared that climate skeptics aren’t “normal” people?
So, you might want to think twice before discussing the nearly two-decade pause in global warming with your doctor the next time you go in for your annual check-up.
The NRA Fires Back at Obama's Gun Control Measures
The National Rifle Association fired back at President Obama’s executive actions on gun control Tuesday, mere hours after the president announced he plans to unilaterally alter the nation’s laws governing the buying and selling of firearms with the stroke of his pen.
Chris Cox, the executive director for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, released the following statement soon after Obama’s announcement:
Once again, President Obama has chosen to engage in political rhetoric, instead of offering meaningful solutions to our nation's pressing problems. Today's event also represents an ongoing attempt to distract attention away from his lack of a coherent strategy to keep the American people safe from terrorist attack.
The American people do not need more emotional, condescending lectures that are completely devoid of facts. The men and women of the National Rifle Association take a back seat to no one when it comes to keeping our communities safe. But the fact is that President Obama's proposals would not have prevented any of the horrific events he mentioned. The timing of this announcement, in the eighth and final year of his presidency, demonstrates not only political exploitation but a fundamental lack of seriousness.
The proposed executive actions are ripe for abuse by the Obama Administration, which has made no secret of its contempt for the Second Amendment. The NRA will continue to fight to protect the fundamental, individual Right to Keep and Bear Arms as guaranteed under our Constitution. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be harassed or intimidated for engaging in lawful, constitutionally-protected activity – nor will we allow them to become scapegoats for President Obama's failed policies.
In his speech, Obama accused the “gun lobby” in Washington, D.C., of “holding Congress hostage,” encouraging Americans to “get mobilized and organized” against those who object to his call for stricter gun control measures. These actions include requiring gun sellers -- including individuals who may only sell one or two firearms a year online -- to obtain a federally recognized license and run background checks on individuals before selling any firearms.
Obama also said he plans to make changes to tighten the nation's background check system, and hire more agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to enforce the new regulations.