If you are a recipient of or have filed for Social Security disability, you may soon have your Second Amendment right nullified.
Back in January, Obama penned an executive order allowing the Social Security Administration (SSA) to report certain individuals to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the database Federal Firearms Licensees use to determine whether a prospective buyer is eligible to purchase firearms.
“The reporting that SSA, in consultation with the Department of Justice, is expected to require will cover appropriate records of the approximately 75,000 people each year who have a documented mental health issue, receive disability benefits, and are unable to manage those benefits because of their mental impairment, or who have been found by a state or federal court to be legally incompetent,” a fact sheet released by the White House on January 4 states.
Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin signed the rule and it was posted to the Federal Register on April 28, according to Guns.com.
The “Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act” spells out a five-step qualification process that will be used to first identify and then report selected Title II and Title XVI beneficiaries to the Department of Justice.
Americans who have filed a claim with the agency based on disability and are adjudicated as having a diagnosed Mental Disorder Listing, are over 18 but under retirement age, and receive benefits through a representative payee approved by SSA due to being incapable of managing their own payments will have their Second Amendment right stripped.
“The SSA has reported that as many as 75,000 individuals per year could meet such guidelines. As of March 2016, the agency reports that 65,488,000 people are receiving Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both, making the estimated number expected to report to NICS comprise 0.11 percent of those currently receiving benefits,” notes Chris Eger.
Government Considers Large Number of Americans Mentally Ill
The SSA website breaks down who might qualify as mentally impaired, including individuals who have problems with “adaptive activities such as cleaning, shopping, cooking, taking public transportation, paying bills, maintaining a residence, caring appropriately for… grooming and hygiene, using telephones and directories, and using a post office.”
Moreover, people determined to have issues with the “capacity to interact independently, appropriately, effectively, and on a sustained basis with other individuals… such as family members, friends, neighbors, grocery clerks, landlords, or bus drivers… [and] demonstrate impaired social functioning by, for example, a history of altercations, evictions, firings, fear of strangers, avoidance of interpersonal relationships, or social isolation” will be classified as mentally disabled and not qualified to exercise the Second Amendment.
According to the government, “social impairment” is a mental illness and includes those who either are unable or unwilling to “initiate social contacts with others, communicate clearly with others, or interact and actively participate in group activities.” The classification is based upon “cooperative behaviors” that include “consideration for others, awareness of others’ feelings, and social maturity.” According to the SSA, not “responding appropriately to persons in authority” is a form of mental illness.
Template for Future Attacks on the Second Amendment
For now, the ruling only applies to Americans who have filed for and receive government benefits and are medically determined to be afflicted by the above.
However, considering government mission creep and the determination of the Obama administration and Democrats to reduce the number of Americans practicing their rights, we can expect an effort to adjudicate more individuals incapable of possessing firearms.
In 2014, under the cover of “gun violence” and in the wake of Sandy Hook, the Obama administration pledged federal dollars to an initiative designed to test students in K-12 public schools for mental illness.
“Public schools, which have increasingly taken on aspects of psychiatric clinics in recent years, will get infused with more than $150 million in federal grants to further this agenda under the auspices of Obama’s 2013 executive action titled ‘Now is the Time to Do Something About Gun Violence,’” WND reported.
In February, Infowars reported on a recommendation by the United States Preventive Services Task Force to force health insurance companies to pay for mental health screening.
“Mandatory depression screening will not just raise insurance costs,” writes Ron Paul. “In order to ensure that the screening mandate is being properly implemented, the government will need to create a database containing the results of the screenings. Those anti-gun politicians who want to forbid anyone labeled ‘mentally ill’ from owning a firearm will no doubt want to use this database as a tool to deprive individuals of their Second Amendment rights.”
In January, the US Department of Health and Human Services modified the government’s Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule “to expressly permit certain HIPAA covered entities to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the identities of individuals who are subject to a Federal ‘mental health prohibitor’ that disqualifies them from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving a firearm.”
For the government, mandatory mental health screening is an ideal mechanism for stripping Americans of their right to own firearms. As Ron Paul notes, even “mental health professionals acknowledge that there is a great deal of subjectivity in mental health diagnosis.”
The move by the SSA to nullify the Second Amendment right of 75,000 Americans is only the beginning. If Hillary Clinton enters the White House, we can expect further efforts to diminish and eventually relegate the cornerstone of the Constitution to the dustbin of history.