Part II: Gun Control Through the Healthcare System

profile (1)Last week I wrote about receiving an email from the American Public Health Association showing that they are going after guns and veterans. This week I received a follow-up email from PHACT – Public Health ACTion. This email put their anti-gun playbook right out there for all of us to see. By reviewing this information, we’ll see exactly what their strategies are and what we can learn from their plans.

“In this toolkit you’ll find resources to engage in a variety of grassroots advocacy strategies:

  • ·         Fact sheets on important public health issues
  • ·         Sample phone scripts and emails for contacting your members of Congress
  • ·         Tips for reaching out to media and social media networks
  • ·         Tips for meeting with your members of Congress
  • ·         Resources for federal and state data and information about public health

These resources will prepare you to be a successful advocate for our nation’s public health system.”

To begin with, a government entity is coaching and guiding yet calling it a “grassroots” effort. B.S.

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“Gun violence prevention. Guns have the potential to greatly amplify violence, as they can inflict serious — often deadly — injuries on many individuals in a short time. In the United States, gun violence is a major public health problem and a leading cause of premature death.”

REALLY?! Google “leading cause of premature death in the United States” and you will get hundreds of links, including state health department statistics not just Joe Blow or Wikipedia, which DO NOT show gun violence as a leading cause of death. A BALD FACED LIE. In Obama’s state of Illinois, the Department of Health doesn’t even list it under “unintended injuries” They list the first cause as disease and the second as cancer. They say a man is more likely to die from a FALL, then a FIRE, then car wrecks related to alcohol and distraction or sleepiness. Whoops, bet we’ll start seeing health department websites in all states revising their facts into this propaganda.

 Of course they go on to the usual garbage about how the US has more “gun violence” than “comparable” counties. They never cover how many OTHER kinds of violence that could have been prevented by citizens carrying guns. Very misleading.

 And here we go. The reason “gun violence” is a public health issue – “violence is contagious.” Oh, well, why didn’t they just say so? Let’s work on a vaccine! But no, we can’t do that, first we need to do more “studies.” What they mean is, studies that they can manipulate to turn out the way they want. Despite studies showing that controlling guns does not reduce violence and that crime is down where gun ownership is high, they still keep saying, “For example, there is almost no credible evidence that right-to-carry laws increase or decrease violent crime…”No “credible” evidence, huh?

Meaning none that they like. I compare this to campaigning when Democrats keep saying the Republicans have no plan. You’ll hear that on every mainstream news channel. Then you turn to Fox so you hear “the other side of the story” and there will be the Republicans with their plan. But as long as the media and Democrats keep saying they have no plan, everyone believes it. I know this because unfortunately before my eyes were opened I fell for it during Obama’s first campaign. “No plan” means a plan they don’t agree with. “No credible evidence” means the study proved them wrong.

Then what’s next. Prevention. How do they do that? “Common Sense Gun Policies.” Notice again that “common sense” means it’s what they like. Of course they are pushing for more background checks, and “We also support reinstating the federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, which expired in 2004.” Even though those pesky studies showed it made absolutely no difference in “gun violence.”

They then go on to show that they absolutely intend to use Obamacare to go after guns:

“To enhance America’s public health response to gun violence, we need:…In addition, APHA urges the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that the Affordable Care Act provides comprehensive coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services as part of the Essential Health Benefits.”

This is specifically identified as a step to respond to gun violence. No bones about it.

 Then they even went on to give a sample script of what to say to our senators and congressmen:

“Sample phone script

Hello, my name is XX and I am a constituent and public health advocate in your [state/district].

I am calling today on behalf of the American Public Health Association to urge Senator/Representative XX to pass comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence this year.

Gun violence is one of the leading causes of preventable death in our country, resulting in more than 30,000 deaths each year, and we must take a comprehensive public health approach to address this ongoing crisis. I urge Senator/Representative XX to support expanded background checks for private gun purchases and the reinstatement of the federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

I also urge the Senator/Representative to support increased funding for gun violence research and  surveillance, expand access to mental health services and provide support for comprehensive measures  in community and school-based prevention, early intervention strategies and preparedness initiatives to  prevent gun violence and prepare our communities and schools in the event of an emergency. Thank you for your attention to my request, and I look forward to hearing Senator/Representative  XX’s position on passing comprehensive legislation to reduce gun violence this year.”

The document goes on to further train “grassroots” activists in how to further manipulate facts, I mean “educate” through means of social media. It’s actually quite well-written and informative.

But don’t take my word for any of this. Go here http://www.apha.org/NR/rdonlyres/01FA79D6-5C17-4312-9A5C-783B2CC14A0E/0/PHACTtoolkit2013.pdf to see the whole document for yourself.

Study it, learn from it. Then start using their own tactics against them.

 

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