The American Psychiatric Association has published the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Abbreviated “DSM5”, it is an update that specialists have been waiting for since 1994.
And it will be a key tool in a massive new Federal and State government agenda to confiscate privately-owned firearms and dramatically enrich the already monstrous healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
The political Machine was shocked when, on the heels of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the latest round of “common sense” gun control measures that would’ve all but eviscerated the 2nd Amendment failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate. With some surprising names stepping up to the plate like Max Bauccus, Barack Obama derisively stated that the defeats were “shameful”.
How did the “Assault Weapon ban 2.0” and “background check” bills fail?
More and more advocates for personal firearm ownership are starting to get the point: gun control is about people control. That’s the very intent of the Bill of Rights—protection from tyranny.
The Constitution preserves “the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” ~ James Madison, Federalist 46
If that’s true, than the opposite can be projected upon those who are pushing gun control at all costs. They are opponents of breaking up the government’s monopoly on coercive force—they like that monopoly very much and wish to do whatever it takes to ensure it. When they get there, they can break any boundary they desire because the citizenry will be helpless to stop them.
Enter the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”.
“Mental Illness” has already been used in far-Left-controlled states like CA and NY to confiscate firearms.
Wearing bulletproof vests and carrying 40-caliber Glock pistols, nine California (STOCA1) Justice Department agents assembled outside a ranch-style house in a suburb east of Los Angeles. They were looking for a gun owner who’d recently spent two days in a mental hospital.
They knocked on the door and asked to come in. About 45 minutes later, they came away peacefully with three firearms. ~ California Seizes Arms as Owners Lose Gun Rights, Michael Marois and James Nash, Bloomberg
Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw seemed stunned by the reality. Shaw wrote words “Conservatives” fear more than “Liberals”—the “black helicopter crowd” was right all along:
We’ve heard it over and over again, particularly on shows like Morning Joe. Anyone who thinks that the government is “coming to take your guns” is a paranoid loon, watching for black helicopters and guarding their sheep from soldiers. Unfortunately for those formerly right leaning, Second Amendment minded folks who bought into this story, reality has come screaming up from behind well ahead of schedule.
Following the passage of “The SAFE Act” in New York State, Big Brother got busy pretty quickly grabbing up the guns. Of course nobody was reporting on it very much until they managed to collect them from the wrong guy and a judge made them give them back.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Thursday, a state Supreme Court Judge ruled guns seized from David Lewis, 35, must be returned to him after he was incorrectly identified as violating the mental health provision of the SAFE Act.
“We know that from the health care agency to the State Police, there was some kind of breach,” said Lewis’ attorney, Jim Tresmond.
I don’t know how much more chilling that lede could be, really. This isn’t some worry about the government possibly confiscating guns. These are guns that were already confiscated by the government. But if you think that’s as bad as it gets, guess again. Here’s why his guns were taken.
Tresmond says his client was ordered to turn in his weapons last week because he was once on anti-anxiety medication, which is a violation of the SAFE Act. Wednesday, State Police informed the Erie County Clerk’s Office that it made a mistake when it said Lewis was in violation of the state’s new gun law.
Returning veterans have also been targeted.
This is nothing new to those who saw the 2009 Homeland Security report that showed government apparatchiks focusing on veterans returning from the war-without-end, the “War on Terror”.
World Net Daily disclosed the agenda:
“Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to right-wing extremists,” [the document] says. “DHS/I&A is concerned that right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize veterans in order to boost their violent capacities.”
Of course there has been no historical evidence to that effect but it hasn’t stopped the Obama administration from using this wonderful new tool to go after their targets, as S.H. Blannelberry noted for Guns.com:
Currently any U.S. military veteran assigned a fiduciary trustee to act on his/her behalf is automatically declared “mentally defective” and is reported to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the database Federal Firearms Licensees use to determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to buy firearms and/or explosives. Anyone deemed “mentally defective” in the system will be ineligible to make a purchase.
Paul Watson of InfoWars.com has reported that the first victims have already started to fall:
Just a day after Brandon Raub was released following his incarceration in a psychiatric ward over political Facebook posts, news has emerged of a similar case involving a veteran who had his guns seized after being labeled a “mental defective’ and faces being committed by a judge.
Radio host Steve Quayle was sent news of an Army combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient in west central Ohio who was the victim of a police raid on the evening of August 22nd during which Miami County Ohio Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant to seize the man’s firearms for the “safety of the defendant and the general public,” according to the warrant.
The veteran, who is currently unnamed, had his guns taken because he was adjudged to be mentally incompetent, despite the fact that his previous VA psychiatric evaluations were all clear, he is not on medication, and he had no criminal record. The man appears to be a respected member of the community – he works for a Christian company and his father is a police officer and a pastor.
The extremes to which the state will go are already being expanded. Arthur Lovi is a veteran helicopter pilot who was seeking grief counseling. His odyssey was so outrageous, so frightening in its implications my interview with him forced me to write an entirely separate column which you can read here.
Even reality TV personalities aren’t immune. In fact, if your reality TV show is one that lampoons citizens who have taken common sense precautions against infrastructure failure (deridingly labeled “preppers” by the Establishment), you’re already a target as David Sarti found out.
Just days after appearing on the National Geographic TV Show Doomsday Preppers, a prepper from Tennessee has been declared Mentally Defective and his guns have been seized by the government. The Prepper, David Sarti is a character to say the least, but his story is somewhat disturbing and should be a wake up call for everyone.
Whether his appearance on the show played into Mr. Sarti’s diagnosis isn’t yet clear, but apparently the State believed he was a danger to himself after a local doctor insisted that Mr. Sarti was suicidal.
Mr. Sarti denies the charges and insists that he told the doctor he was a Christian and his belief made it impossible for him to commit suicide.
Now thanks to the DSM5, all “preppers” can easily be considered mentally deficient.
By the stroke of his autocratic pen, Barack Obama not only has doctors sending information to the FBI about your mental health, but he also has them interrogating you to see if you have guns in your house as well.
You’re visiting a doctor because you have flu symptoms. After checking your heart, pulse and other vital signs, the doctor says, “By the way, the federal government has authorized me to ask you: What type and how many guns do you have in your home?”
Sound like George Orwell’s 1984?
No. It’s 2013.
And if President Barack Obama gets his way by executive order, doctors across the country could play a key role in his new gun control initiative. ~ Obama: Doctors Should Ask About Guns in Homes, Jim Meyers, NewsMax
If they don’t get what they want from you, they’ll just ask your kids—first they’ll make you leave the room, of course. This from John Kass of the Chicago Tribune:
In pro-gun-regulation Illinois — where politicians would rather play gun control politics than fight the murderous street gangs — a young man was admitted to the hospital.
Sam Insley, 16, of Oak Lawn, wasn’t admitted with a gun problem.
Sam had a tonsil problem.
“It was an infected tonsil,” Mary Rita Insley told me of her son Sam, a strapping, 6-foot-2-inch, 195-pound lacrosse player at St. Rita High School on the Southwest Side. …
Sam was admitted to Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn on Jan 4. A resident and two medical students began jotting down notes for a routine medical history. At one point, Mrs. Insley said, they asked her to step out of the room.
“I felt uneasy, but I stepped out so my son wouldn’t be embarrassed,” she told me, saying she figured they would ask drug and alcohol questions. Sam doesn’t take drugs or alcohol, she said.
Later that day, Sam told her what the doctors had asked him.
“By the way, Mom,” she recalled him saying, “when you were out of the room they asked me if we had any guns in the house.”
Kids have a special place in “Obamacare” when it comes to “mental illness”. Previous to this, George Bush’s individuality-crushing “Teenscreen” was doing tremendous harm misdiagnosing children whose parents were foolish enough to put them in the public school system. Now Obamacare actually gives grants to help schools label kids with mental disorders.
And the net is cast even wider than that. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights, Florida, noted;
Obamacare requires mental health services for many other groups.
These include Medicaid recipients, addicts, mothers with postpartum depression, the elderly, and soldiers. There’s even has a section called “Mental Health in Small Businesses” which awards grants to small businesses willing to provide workplace wellness programs that encourage “healthy lifestyles, healthy eating, increased physical activity and improved mental health.”
The “Mental Illness” stipulation was buried deep in the Schumer/Toomey/Manchin “background check” bill that was touted by Barack Obama and others as “common sense” restrictions.
If you are familiar with the bill but don’t remember the name of NY’s career (20 years as a member of Congress) radical Leftist Senator Chuck Schumer being on it, blame your unbiased corporate media. They apparently knew that when you saw his face you’d know what they were up to. Rather than the “centrist” Republican Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania or Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Schumer was the driving force behind the bill.
David Addington at the Heritage Foundation found that—should the Schumer/Toomey/Manchin bill (“STM”) have gotten passed—law-abiding, firearm-owning Americans would have nothing standing between them and a SWAT team but the tender care of Eric Holder;
Contrary to the generally accepted view of Americans that medical and mental health records merit privacy protection, the Schumer-Toomey-Manchin (STM) gun control legislation reduces existing privacy protection for mental health records relevant to background checks through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
The STM gun control legislation eliminates any HIPAA privacy protection for mental health records in connection with the NICS system, leaving only what privacy protection the Attorney General cares to provide. The STM legislation says that information collected under the law by Attorney General Eric Holder to help him enforce the prohibition on firearms possession by mental defectives or people committed to mental institutions “shall not be subject to the regulations promulgated under section 264(c) of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (42 U.S.C. 1320d-2 note).”
In case you hadn’t heard, Eric Holder isn’t too keen on American citizens owning firearms.
Now comes the DSM5 with some new labels regarding “mental disorder” that has even seasoned experts disturbed.
In fact, as many as half of all Americans can now be diagnosed with a mental disorder. Think about that for a minute. If they want you, they will get you.
Throwing a temper tantrum is now considered a “disorder”—“Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder”.
University of Toledo professor Nick Piazza claims this is an attempt to move diagnoses from “pigeon hole” to a “continuum” but what his confession shows is how much guess-work is involved when examining human psychological conditions. What these “scientists” are doing is making deductions based upon observed behavior. It is not an “exact science” or even true “medicine”. Even the head of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has stated the DSM5 lacks scientific validity.
Piazza admitted skepticism towards DSM5 standards such as labeling one in six cancer and heart disease patients as having mental illness.
“What you discover is that anybody with a chronic illness, all of that can produce a psychiatric condition,” he said.
Shouldn’t that have been obvious? It makes one wonder just how agenda-driven these changes are.
FoxNews’s Loren Grush noted that the DSM is ubiquitously used by not only practitioners but health insurance personnel and government officials. Grush went on to cover how the new DSM treats autism and related diseases like Asperger’s in a spectrum, thereby substantially altering the number of patients given that diagnosis:
One of the most publicized changes in the DSM-5 involves grouping all of the subcategories of autism into a single category known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This move effectively eliminates previously separate diagnoses of autism – including autistic disorder, Asperger’s disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive development disorder “not otherwise specified” (PDD-NOS).
This merging of categories creates a “sliding scale” for autism, meaning individuals will be diagnosed somewhere along the autism spectrum, given the personal severity of their symptoms. Many parents and health care providers have speculated that this transformation may end up excluding some of those already diagnosed with an autism disorder, like Asperger’s or PDD-NOS.
This certainly will help massage the nightmarish statistics regarding autism, measured at 1 in 150 in 2002, the latest count is 1 in 50 (particularly boys) which is a blood-curdling 300% in only 11 years.
Reducing the perceived threat of autism is great news to the makers of vaccines given that multiple studies are showing the mercury-based preservative thiomersal (also known as “thimerosal”) found in many of them are contributing to this massive increase in autism diagnoses.
Lance Devon writing for Natural News referenced the chairman for the DSM4 committee in how the DSM5 is an unprecedented gift to the pharmaceutical industry:
Dr Allen Frances, chairman of the DSM-4 committee, has criticized the current process, “People with mild problems are [often] over-medicated.” Furthermore, he states, “The new edition exhibits a loosening of criteria in several major disorders and could lead to further over-medication.” He believes “the work on DSM-5 has displayed the most unhappy combination of soaring ambition and weak methodology” and there exists an “inexplicably closed and secretive process” to the revision of the current DSM-5.
Many complaints about the DSM revolve around growing statistics that this psychiatrist’s bible is turning simple illnesses into full blown medical conditions. Experts believe mental disorders are being created out of thin air and definitions of these disorders are widening, as people become over-diagnosed. This is allowing pharmaceutical companies a perfect opportunity to come in and expand their market for new drugs. This is a serious and growing problem, especially since 70 percent of those serving on the DSM-5 committees have financial ties to pharmaceutical companies.
The new criteria will label thousands of otherwise-healthy Americans (perhaps tens of thousands) as having a mental disorder and if they didn’t have one before the diagnosis, the pharmaceutical “cure” will give them one:
Pulitzer Prize winner, Robert Whitaker says that in the past, people with hospitalized mental illness would recover without medication in as little as six to eight months. Now, with medication, patients are struggling longer and harder with adverse affects and withdrawal symptoms that include a stunning 85 percent chronic relapse rate.
This is because psychotropic drugs are interfering with a person’s neurotransmitters, disturbing the brain’s natural processes that maintain normal biological functions.
Whitaker further explains, “It is well understood that psychoactive drugs disturb neurotransmitter function, even if that was not the cause of the illness in the first place. When, for example, an SSRI antidepressant like Celexa increases serotonin levels in synapses, it stimulates compensatory changes through a process called negative feedback. In response to the high levels of serotonin, the neurons that secrete it (presynaptic neurons) release less of it, and the post synaptic neurons become desensitized to it. In effect, the brain is trying to nullify the drug’s effects.”
Far from a conspiracy theory, the B-grade horror movie scenario we’ve all laughed at is now conspiracy fact: an American populace that is being inexorably corralled into a prison of decreased mental acuity, poor health and completely disarmed victimhood.