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    Obama to attack guns as public health threat?

    Obama to attack guns as public-health threat?

    2nd Amendment advocates worry over opinions of OSHA nominee

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    Posted: November 11, 2009
    8:56 pm Eastern


    By Bob Unruh
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

    Second Amendment advocates are expressing alarm that the most significant attack on gun rights across the United States in years soon could come in the form of a workplace "safety" regulation under President Obama's nominee to run the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

    Obama has nominated David Michaels, a George Washington University professor and the chief of the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy, which reportedly partially is funded by George Soros.

    "The controversial OSHA nominee and left-leaning public health advocate also seems to have strong views on firearms," wrote Walter Olson at Overlawyered.com.

    "That's by no means irrelevant to the agenda of an agency like OSHA, because once you start viewing private gun ownership as a public health menace, it begins to seem logical to use the powers of government to urge or even require employers to forbid workers from possessing guns on company premises, up to and including parking lots, ostensibly for the protection of co-workers."

    Two already have met problems. Green jobs czar Van Jones quit his post after reporting, largely by WND, of his self-described communist beliefs and his belief that the Bush administration was behind the 9/11 attacks. Also, White House communications director Anita Dunn, who launched a verbal assault on Fox News as an "arm" of the GOP, reportedly will step down this month.

    Now comes Michaels, who although he would have to be approved by the U.S. Senate, comes with views that concern Second Amendment advocates.

    Only two years ago, Michaels condemned proposals in Georgia and Florida that would have allowed workers to carry guns to and from their places of work for protection.

    He continued in his 2007 writing to laud the ability of the federal government to respond by creating new laws to ban activities or behaviors.


    David Michaels

    "When the toll of preventable and pointless deaths or injuries from any single event or related events becomes so great, or particular aspects of the story bring it to the public's attention, our nation invariably demands more and stronger regulation, not less," Michaels wrote at the time.

    "We saw this recently with the disaster at West Virginia's Sago Mine, when a mine explosion and failed rescue attempts resulted in the deaths of 14 miners. Within months, Congress passed the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act," he said.

    "This is not true only of recent times. On the heels of the Elixir Sulfanilamide scandal, in which a medicine manufactured with antifreeze killed scores of children, Congress passed the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938, requiring for the first time that pharmaceutical manufacturers prove the safety of their products before marketing them," he continued.

    "It's hard to count all of the lives that this Act has saved, but one example stands out: The United States avoided the plague of thalidomide-related birth defects that ravaged Europe in the early 1960s as a result of controls granted the FDA under that legislation. A regulatory hero, FDA medical officer Dr. Frances Kelsey, had blocked U.S. licensing of thalidomide on the basis of inadequate safety data," he wrote.

    "In the U.S., we see an average of one gun-related homicide every 45 minutes, or 32 each day," he wrote. "These are usually treated as isolated incidents, until a horrific event like the Virginia Tech massacre reawakens the public and strengthens public health advocates who are attempting to prevent gun violence."

    At RedCounty.com, writer Bryan Myrick noted that the Washington Times has urged the Senate to reject Michaels' nomination.

    "OSHA is an agency that already has a well-earned reputation for abusing its authority and reaching beyond its stated purpose. Add one zealot and it easily becomes an oppressive entity with immense power over all American businesses, large and small. At a time in which America's businesses desperately need the freedom to responsibly pursue earning profits and put workers back on the payroll, the chemical potency of combining Obama's left-wing agenda with an anti-business zealot manager at OSHA could prove toxic," Myrick wrote.

    The first vote on Michaels' nomination already was canceled by the Senate Committee on Health, Labor, Education and Pensions.

    At the Examiner, gun rights writer David Codrea warned that some "public health" excuse could be used for imposing draconian restrictions on gun owners.

    He cited the comment from a director of the CDC's National Center for Injury Control and Prevention that, "We need to revolutionize the way we look at guns, like what we did with cigarettes. Now it [sic] is dirty, deadly, and banned."

    "Does anyone doubt that Michaels will bring a similarly creative agenda to apply through regulatory measures under the guise of 'occupational safety and health?'" he asked.

    The BD Law firm in Washington posted a statement that Michaels is expected to bring major changes if approved. The law firm quoted Michaels' writing from earlier this year that OSHA "badly needs a change in direction and philosophy" and it should include a "campaign to change the workplace culture of safety."

    The National Gun Rights organization called him an "anti-gunner."

    Columnist Dave Kopel at the Independence Institute in Colorado said, "Plenty of Obama's administration appointees have a longer record of anti-gun activism than David Michaels, but perhaps none of them have the ability to make such a dramatic, instant change in the lives of law-abiding gun owners.

    "By its own fiat, OSHA could outlaw the possession of firearms in every workplace and every employee parking lot in the United States," he wrote.

    "That David Michaels is anti-gun is undisputed," he continued.

    "The Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution means that a valid federal law or regulation wins in any conflict with a state law. Many states have laws that protect the rights of employees to store lawful firearms in parking lots at work. If an OSHA regulation prohibiting such storage existed, the federal regulation would trump state law," he said.

    "Under Michaels, OSHA could write a regulation stating that it is illegal for any business to allow guns in the workplace or in parking lots. No handgun could be locked in the trunk of a car, even if the owner has a Right-to-Carry license. No rifle could be stored in the car, even if there’s no ammunition around and the gun will be dropped off at the gunsmith after work," he said.

    Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder, had supported Washington, D.C.'s ban on handguns before it was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. And since Obama has been in office, he's already advocated for a treaty that would require a federal license for hunters to reload their ammunition, has expressed a desire to ban "assault" weapons, has seen a plan to require handgun owners to submit to mental health evaluations and sparked a rush on ammunition purchases with his history of anti-gun positions.
    Conservative Wife & Mom -- I'm a Conservative Christian-American with dual citizenship...the Kingdom of God is my 1st home and the U.S.A. is my 2nd.

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    The puppet masters can not afford to allow the sheeple to have guns. It would hinder their plans.

    ."The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject race to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subjects to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing."Adolph Hitler, Chancellor of Germany 1933-1945
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    Obama must not be confident enough in the size of the Democratic majority he enjoys in Congress to get his anti-gun agenda passed legislatively, so he's going this route instead. I gotta hand it to him, this end around he's attempting to make around the Constitution is nothing short of creative.
    Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tattedupboy View Post
    Obama must not be confident enough in the size of the Democratic majority he enjoys in Congress to get his anti-gun agenda passed legislatively, so he's going this route instead. I gotta hand it to him, this end around he's attempting to make around the Constitution is nothing short of creative.
    Well lets hope while trying his end around play he gets stuffed in the back field and thrown for a five yard loss.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK4U View Post
    Well lets hope while trying his end around play he gets stuffed in the back field and thrown for a five yard loss.
    Yep...sounds good to me. Even though I'm not a football fan, I get it, HK4U.
    Conservative Wife & Mom -- I'm a Conservative Christian-American with dual citizenship...the Kingdom of God is my 1st home and the U.S.A. is my 2nd.

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    Thank you for posting this. I saw it this morning on exposeobama.com, which everyone should check regularly.

    Best wishes, and welcome to the forum,

    TFO

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    This administration and its minions in Congress are so sly, shifty, evil, and cunning, they wear me out. Just trying to stay on top of 'em is a full-time job. The Lord help us if we don't shed the lot of them in 2010 and 12. I hope He has not turned His back on this country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tea For One View Post
    Thank you for posting this. I saw it this morning on exposeobama.com, which everyone should check regularly.

    Best wishes, and welcome to the forum,

    TFO
    Thanks, TFO. It's great to be part of this amazing group of right-wing extremists.
    Conservative Wife & Mom -- I'm a Conservative Christian-American with dual citizenship...the Kingdom of God is my 1st home and the U.S.A. is my 2nd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJFlash View Post
    This administration and its minions in Congress are so sly, shifty, evil, and cunning, they wear me out. Just trying to stay on top of 'em is a full-time job. The Lord help us if we don't shed the lot of them in 2010 and 12. I hope He has not turned His back on this country.
    On 9/11, while I watched the 2nd plane hit the 2nd tower LIVE on FoxNews, a chill went down my spine and this thought entered my mind: "God has lifted His protective hand from our nation". Last November, on Election Day I prayed that God would give us the President that we need, not the one we deserve. It is time for Jews and Christians to take the country back and demand that it be returned to the Judeo-Christians principles upon which it was founded. God promises to heal our land, if we turn back to Him...and since God is incapable of lying, He MUST keep His promises. Time on our knees, in prayer, will be invaluable time spent for the good of our nation and to ensure the preservation of our Constitutional Republic.
    Conservative Wife & Mom -- I'm a Conservative Christian-American with dual citizenship...the Kingdom of God is my 1st home and the U.S.A. is my 2nd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conservative Wife & Mom View Post
    Time on our knees, in prayer, will be invaluable time spent for the good of our nation and to ensure the preservation of our Constitutional Republic.

    Zing! Right between the eyes.

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