Giving social workers the power to negate the Bill of Rights
One of the worst pieces of legislation up before the Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee tomorrow is A-3754, whose co-sponsors are the Fascists Cryan, O’Donnell and Quijano. These critters have managed to not only offend constitutional conservatives and personal freedom libertarians, but ACLU loving liberals too.
A-3754 is an abomination that allows firearms seizure when a “mental health professional” determines that someone poses a threat of harm to self or others. The language is vague and open-ended. It gives unprecedented power to suspend Constitutional rights and seize firearms to unaccountable “health professionals”, who are defined to include nurses, social workers, and marriage counselors.
This isn’t something new and “progressive” - it was widely practiced in the old Soviet Union back in the bad old days of the gulag. It is still being practiced around the world, so much so that Wikipedia even has an entry about it:
Political abuse of psychiatry is the purported misuse of psychiatric diagnosis, detention and treatment for the purposes of obstructing the fundamental human rights of certain groups and individuals in a society. In other words, abuse of psychiatry including one for political purposes is deliberate action of getting citizens certified, who, because of their mental condition, need neither psychiatric restraint nor psychiatric treatment. Psychiatrists have been involved in human rights abuses in states across the world when the definitions of mental disease were expanded to include political disobedience. As scholars have long argued, governmental and medical institutions code menaces to authority as mental diseases during political disturbances. Nowadays, in many countries, political prisoners are sometimes confined and abused in mental institutions. Psychiatric confinement of sane people is uniformly considered a particularly pernicious form of repression.
Psychiatry possesses a built-in capacity for abuse that is greater than in other areas of medicine. The diagnosis of mental disease allows the state to hold persons against their will and insist upon therapy in their interest and in the broader interests of society. In addition, receiving a psychiatric diagnosis can in itself be regarded as oppressive. In a monolithic state, psychiatry can be used to bypass standard legal procedures for establishing guilt or innocence and allow political incarceration without the ordinary odium attaching to such political trials. The use of hospitals instead of jails prevents the victims from receiving legal aid before the courts, makes indefinite incarceration possible, discredits the individuals and their ideas. In that manner, whenever open trials are undesirable, they are avoided.
Examples of political abuse of the power, entrusted in physicians and particularly psychiatrists, are abundant in history and seen during the Nazi era and the Soviet rule when political dissenters were labeled as “mentally ill” and subjected to inhumane “treatments.” In the period from the 1960s up to 1986, abuse of psychiatry for political purposes was reported to be systematic in the Soviet Union, and occasional in other Eastern European countries such as Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia. The practice of incarceration of political dissidents in mental hospitals in Eastern Europe and the former USSR damaged the credibility of psychiatric practice in these states and entailed strong condemnation from the international community. Political abuse of psychiatry also takes place in the People’s Republic of China. Psychiatric diagnoses such as the diagnosis of ’sluggish schizophrenia’ in political dissidents in the USSR were used for political purposes.
Whistle-blowers who part ranks with a government agency or major corporation can expect to be depicted as unhinged; it’s in the agency’s best interests. For example, Russ Tice was punished with psychiatric evaluations that labeled him as “mentally unbalanced” after persisting in his investigations of potentially illegal spying activity at the NSA. As another example, an NYPD veteran who alleged falsified crime statistics in his department was forcibly committed to a mental institution.
Using A-3754, the Fascists Cryan, O’Donnell and Quijano will turn “health professionals” into government Stazi informers. As part-time government informers, so-called health professionals will be pressured to err on the side of declaring someone a danger rather than face potential professional liability for failing to do so.
And what about the due process that every American should expect? Screw it say the Fascists Cryan, O’Donnell and Quijano. This is funny coming from the Fascist Cryan, who once upon a time bemoaned the plight of IRA terrorists who were denied due process by British justice. It turns out that Cryan was less interested in justice than in exploiting a congenital hatred for the political mileage.
A-3754 strips Constitutional due process and creates potential for enormous abuse by “health professionals” whose professional organizations are on the record as opposing the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights. The American Nursing Association has been in the forefront of disseminating anti-Second Amendment propaganda. The group’s stated position could not be clearer:
There is a definite need to control handgun use and the accompanying violence that leads individuals to use handguns. ANA supports both the waiting period for the purchase of handguns and a ban on the sale of all assault weapons.
The National Association of Social Workers has adopted similar language and is engaged in the same propaganda war against the Bill of Rights. Fascist legislation like A-3754 is right up their ally. Next they will be asking if they could recommend drone hits on those who refuse their services.
The powers being handed over to these critters properly belong in the courts, where due process must be provided, and not in the hands of unaccountable and unelected “health professionals”. A-3754 has the potential to impact crime, mental health, and school safety, but is overkill in the extreme, is reminiscent of a police state, and fails to include important safeguards to protect Constitutional rights.
For a nation by nation sampling of the joys of using “health professionals” as informers and enforcers of political correctness, click on one of these links… and remember, after a regime change this could mean you, Mr. and Ms. Liberal.
It is so very important to go to Trenton to testify or at least be seen tomorrow at the New Jersey Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee hearing being held at the State House Annex located at 125 West State Street in Trenton, Committee Room 11 on the 4th floor. The hearing gets underway at 10:00am.
The liberals in the Assembly are trying to shred the Bill of Rights for all New Jersey citizens in a manner never before seen anywhere in the United States. They know what they are doing goes against the very oath of office each swore to uphold. They are counting on you to not care, or not notice. Showing up tomorrow will show them that neither is true.
Listed below are the insidious bills they will hear testimony on and then vote on tomorrow. The liberal, Constitutionally challenged sponsors of each are also listed. I hope to see you there!
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A1116 [Fuentes, Angel/Spencer, L. Grace], Handgun sales-estab. 180 day prohibition