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  •  Let's stay focused on the topic of the diary (4+ / 0-)

    rather than shifting off topic to ask why some Kossack is discussing this particular topic.

    The topic of the diary is the glaring contradiction in plain sight at the nexus of the individual right to RKBA and the right to medical privacy. A secondary topic is the weak or broken processes that exploit fear. It's not necessary to assume that people who disagree with one another have inferior values.

    Why did I specifically mention one process at this nexus?

    Private gun transfers between individuals, so called "private sales," remain subject only to an honor system, despite abundant evidence that handguns move easily from legal hands into criminal markets. The privacy and convenience of all gun owners is top priority in the USA. Thanks to RKBA activism (or obstructionism) there can be no national database of firearms, or of legal gun owners, such that each gun transfer is recorded. This is true even though the nexus of handgun transfers and gun violence is extremely well established.

    In stark contrast, the entire country is subject to a loss of medical privacy and is required to have their mental health records subject to inspection/repository in state and federal databases. This invasion of privacy is tolerated by all even though a majority of the country has NOT been convicted of any crime, does not own a gun and may have no interest in ever owning or carrying a gun. Fears about the loss of medical privacy very likely inhibits some people who need treatment from seeking care.

    Yet even though the vast majority of people with mental illness are not violent, all adults are subject to a loss of medical privacy. Mental illness still carries significant stigma. There is a long and well-established history of discrimination against people who are mentally ill or who have been treated for mental illness. And this surrender of privacy is required despite the majority of gun crime having no nexus to mental illness.

    Let me restate this in summary form. The privacy and convenience of both legal gun owners and criminal gun owners is prioritized over the medical privacy of all adults, most of whom will never seek to own a gun.

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 05:21:17 PM PDT

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    •  My original comment was on point with (0+ / 0-)

      this diary.

      You segued into putting words in my mouth.

      •  Am I mistaken? (0+ / 0-)

        I thought my reply comment to your first comment was validating that we have some common ground concerns about this principle:

        We infringe upon someone's rights, oh well.
        I recognize and share your frustration with that general attitude.

        And I find the casual way that people call for all of us to surrender medical privacy over mental health care to be very troubling. As I wrote in the diary, I think it's a problem because I think that it inhibits people from seeking care and might also dissuade them from being honest with their doctor if/when they do eventually seek help.

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 01:43:10 PM PDT

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    •  Sad and depressing. nt (2+ / 0-)
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      Glen The Plumber, LilithGardener

      “In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it … we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.” - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

      by DefendOurConstitution on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 01:51:04 PM PDT

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