HR 127 will, if enacted, require registration of all firearms and all firearms owners, licensing for firearms owners subject to psychological evaluations, and serious criminal liability for failure to comply, along with some other prohibitionist fantasies.BILLS-117hr127ih
One gets the distinct impression of every bit of prohibitionist wishful thinking thrown together in a box, with little if any thought to consequences, implementation, and so on
There are many things to consider, about which the prohibitionists are conspicuously silent. The bill calls for registration of all firearms, which thinking Americans have always resisted because history shows that such registration always precedes and facilitates confiscation. There is another, lesser-known reason why we oppose gun registration: The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that it does not apply to actual felons! The reason is that since the convicted felon’s possession of a firearm is already illegal, requiring him to register it violates his rights against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment. See Haynes v. United States.
(And logic tells any thinking person that the criminal, by definition a lawbreaker already, is most unlikely to obey a registration law. Thus, the only people in line to be punished for failure to register would be the hitherto completely law-abiding citizen.)
HR 127 would require a psychological evaluation not only for the gun owner, but for every member of their household who might have access to the licensed individual’s firearms. There are an estimated 328 million people in this country. One study indicates 43% of American households contain firearms.
Just doing some very rough preliminary math, that would come out to more that 141 million people who would require psyche tests. Who could administer those?
Well, the APA estimates that there are only 106,000 licensed psychologists in this country, and notes that about one-third of counties in the United States have no certified psychologists. Let’s throw in the estimated 28,000 MD psychiatrists in the USA. That gives us only 134,000 professionals to administer 141,000,000 or more of those psychological evaluations.
An eminent neuropsychologist of my acquaintance has done many psyche evals on cops for their police departments. He uses the MMPI, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, and figures the cost per civilian client at around $1200 for the psych eval (at $200 per hour). Presumably, if issues came up, it would take longer than average to complete, and he would have to charge more.
In short, there aren’t enough psych professionals to handle such a massive influx of new “patients,” and the cost to the individual would be enormous – and, since we are talking about law-abiding normal people, would be for the most part absolutely unnecessary in any case.
A deeper dive into the issue can be found here.
But there is much more that the people behind HR127 either don’t begin to understand, or don’t want you the voter to know about. We’ll go into that more in our next entry here.