The Obama administration has been taking the lower road by working out of the public eye on its latest gun grab. Now it is known they have new ammo for the president’s tighter gun control agenda. They now want to extend background checks on purchases of firearms to include Social Security.
The Social Security Administration has never participated in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Up until now, the agency had always determined it was not required to submit records to the NICS. This latest move by the Obama administration is to force the Social Security Administration to do so. As part of the existing federal regulations, they want to add Social Security records to the database to help determine which American citizens get reported to the NICS.
The proposed move shall infringe upon the Constitutional Rights of millions in the Social Security system.
Specifically, it would target the large group of those who receive monthly Social Security benefits, but who lack the mental capacity to manage their own personal finance affairs. These people have their monies handled by a fiduciary known as a “representative payee.”
President Obama hopes to be able to ban these Social Security recipients from being able to exercise their Second Amendment Rights to legally bear Arms.
Statistics show about 2.7 million Americans with mental health problems currently receive disability payments. Another 1.5 million beneficiaries of Social Security have others manage their personal finances for a number of reasons.
Part of the strategy here for gaining the upper hand would be to apply restrictive federal gun law language to this large group in the Social Security system. The Obama administration would use terms such as “marked subnormal intelligence, mental illness, and incompetency” to deny legal gun ownership.
There will be plenty of critics to argue against using financial competence to expand the list of prohibited gun owners. Some Americans may just have money management issues such as trouble balancing a checkbook. Others may have a faulty memory.
Dr. Marc Rosen has researched how veterans with mental health issues manage money. The Yale psychiatrist summed up the Social Security issue perfectly in the LA Times. “Someone can be incapable of managing their funds but not be dangerous, violent or unsafe.”
Surprisingly, even the totally wired Washington insiders of the National Rifle Association just became aware of the gun grab tactic. Chris W. Cox, chief lobbyist of the NRA issued this statement: “If the Obama administration attempts to deny millions of law-abiding citizens their constitutional rights by executive fiat, the NRA stands ready to pursue all available avenues to stop them in their tracks.”
The National Council on Disability added it would also oppose such an political attempt to trigger expanded gun background checks to take away the fundamental rights of people with disabilities.