Glenn Beck is making a profoundly silly argument in response to President Obama’s executive orders expanding background checks to buy guns. He’s actually arguing that this is going to lead to “back alley medicine” for those seeking psychological help because they’ll be afraid that if they go to a real psychologist, they’ll end up not being able to buy guns anymore.
Of course, the HHS explicitly explained that “seeking help for mental health problems or getting treatment does not make someone legally prohibited from having a firearm, and nothing in this proposed rule changes that,” but Beck didn’t care, instead insisting that this change will lead to people refusing to seek treatment for mental health issues, which will in turn lead to more suicides and create a black market for mental health treatment.“Now, if you’re a gun owner and you know that the government is going to find out that your son or daughter or you or your wife, they’re going in for medication for depression or whatever,” Beck asserted, “and you know that once that’s reported, the government will come in and take your guns, how many people are going to say, ‘No, no, no, let’s not go to a doctor.'”
“You’re going to see depression, suicide and everything else” skyrocket, Beck claimed. “Think of the things now that this is going to create black markets for. Black market doctors; this will become back alley medicine for people with depression, people with kids who are having problems, they will look for doctors who will not report anything. This is nuts. Absolutely nuts.”
What do you think his reaction would be if you brought up back alley abortions, something that is not hypothetical but that we know existed and actually killed women when abortion was illegal?