- Families caring for a seriously ill psychiatric patient will now have greater access to their loved one's treatment status and will be better able to assist in preventing any of the tragedies we have recently witnessed.
- Money which has been previously spent on frivolous federal programs will now be redirected toward treatment capacity at the nation's inpatient treatment facilities.
- Significantly more ill people will be able to avoid incarceration in our penal system because cops will have a real alternative whereby the sick can get real help instead of being warehoused in prison cells.
Yesterday the House passed the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act with a vote of 422-2. As a member of the NAMI Tulsa executive committee, I can say that there is broad agreement on the need for these changes.
In the effort to stop wholesale free fall into a socialist state, conservative groups are unwittingly ascribing to an equally dangerous fascist economic society. 'Fascist' is a loaded word. Populists have wrongly associated the word with Nazi thuggery and forced conformity, especially on social issues. But the term is actually a reference to an economic policy.
Case In Point
For centuries, our land has had a capitalist free market healthcare system. It has resulted in the highest levels of innovation, invention, and medical discovery. The world comes to US hospitals when they can afford the very best care. Govt. regulations and tort lawsuits have become a creeping cancer to affordability. Costs have climbed at an alarming rate in the 70s and succeeding decades.
Over the 2nd half of the 20th century, consumers chose a kind of voluntary socialist plan known as health insurance. Essentially, it is the sharing of medical bills by every member of the group. But administrative costs eat up over 30% of the premiums, so that in the end, policyholders were paying a very inflated price for the same care. As the U.S. reached majority coverage, the providers had to offer to file insurance for the patient, in order to stay competitive. Hospitals started buying out independent doctor's clinics and leveraging their size advantage to absorb the administrative costs.
In 1994, America rejected the socialist medicine plan of HillaryCare. Under that plan, hospitals & doctors would have become enslaved servants of the govt.. The federal govt. would have raised taxes sufficient to pay everyone's medical expenses which the death panels and rationing bureaucrats had grudgingly approved, assuming the patient wasn't dead yet.
In 2010, congress approved the fascist medicine plan of ObamaCare. Under this plan certain favored insurance companies would receive a windfall of 'customers' which the federal govt. is forcing to buy a deluxe high-risk coverage plan. Obama favors a socialist plan, but he sees fascist designs as an acceptable step away from capitalism
Too Big To Fail
“They privatize the profits and socialize the losses, so whichever way the wheel spins, they win."
July 13th and Beyond
Trusts will still be able to buy or make firearms (including suppressors) after July 12, 2016. However, applications submitted on or after the 13th of July will require additional documentation. While this will not prevent you from acquiring new firearms, we certainly realize that the inconvenience may warrant going ahead and purchasing firearms prior to July 13, 2016.
New Forms and Paperwork for Transfers
For all transfers on or after July 13th, including making applications, every “responsible person” (to be discussed in a later post) will have to submit:
The photographs must be taken within the past year and show the bare head of the “responsible person.” Essentially, these are the same style photographs used for passports, and any passport quality photographs should suffice.
The FBI Form FD-258 fingerprint cards are the same fingerprint cards commonly used for concealed weapons permit. These can normally be acquired at a local police station, but many CWP instructors also complete these cards.
Chief Law Enforcement Officer Notification
Each “responsible person” of the trust will have to send a copy of the Form 4 (or other appropriate form) and Form 23, including the photograph, to a CLEO for their residence. Starting July 13, 2016, the CLEO sign off will change to a CLEO Notification. Additionally, the requirement will be extended to every “responsible person” of the trust.
The Trust itself will have to send a copy of the Form 4 (or the Form 1 or Form 5; whichever the trust is filing with the ATF) to a CLEO for the address where the Trust intends to keep the firearm. (i.e. The location of the head Trustee or business office of the Trust.)
The Two Year Rule
If your trust has submitted the paperwork above in the past two years, had a form approved, and not undergone any changes, it can skip the submittal of supporting documents and instruct the ATF to refer back to the earlier approved transfer or making application. You will have to certify that the information submitted has not changed.
Unfortunately, this exclusion does not clearly extend to the CLEO notification, and by all appearances a new notification will have to be submitted for every transfer or manufacturing application. I expect we will learn more on this as we go forward.
There is still time to set up a trust and begin the transfer or making of NFA firearms. Even after July 12, 2016, your trust can acquire NFA firearms with just a bit more hassle. The two year rule minimizes this burden, but it appears the Form 23 will still have to be submitted to the local CLEO even though it is not required to be submitted to the ATF. At least there will be no requirement to take fingerprints for every purchase.
Western Europe simply says; "Show us a balanced budget plan, so we can trust that you will move to solvency and pay back the loans we're guaranteeing.".