It’s not exactly a secret that Barack Obama hates guns. His presidency has constantly infringed upon the second amendment, and he seems to delight in leaving Americans defenseless. Meanwhile, his hometown of Chicago — where has a city-wide gun ban — has some of the highest gun crime rates in the country. But liberals never learn, and Obama himself just finalized a brand new way to attack gun rights before he leaves office.
Last year, Obama announced a new ban on gun purchases for Social Security recipients who may be having financial difficulties or needed help managing their finances. On Monday his administration finalized the ban.
Americans affected could range from those who simply need help managing their affairs, to people with “subnormal intelligence or mental illness” to “incompetency,” an unspecified “condition,” or “disease.”
In January, the Obama administration released a preview of how the Social Security Administration would enforce the ban:
Current law prohibits individuals from buying a gun if, because of a mental health issue, they are either a danger to themselves or others or are unable to manage their own affairs. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has indicated that it will begin the rulemaking process to ensure that appropriate information in its records is reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). 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. The rulemaking will also provide a mechanism for people to seek relief from the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm for reasons related to mental health.
A few months later, more information was released:
Under our representative payee policy, unless direct payment is prohibited, we presume that an adult beneficiary is capable of managing or directing the management of benefits. However, if we have information that the beneficiary has a mental or physical impairment that prevents him or her from managing or directing the management of benefits, we will develop the issue of capability. If a beneficiary has a mental impairment, we will develop the capability issue if there is an indication that the beneficiary may lack the ability to reason properly, is disoriented, has seriously impaired judgment, or is unable to communicate with others.
So as soon as someone requests help with their finances, the government can begin intruding and investigation. If the government decides that someone is mentally ill, then the person will be reported to NICS and banned from buying any guns.
The public immediately spoke out against the new regulations, but it didn’t matter. The Obama administration still moved forward, meaning that tens of thousands of Americans won’t be able to legally buy guns to defend themselves. And the fact that the Social Security Administration will now be engaging in gun control enforcement is disturbing to the extreme.
KMGH Denver covered the story. Watch below.
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