The President and his staff have said it time and again: their biggest disappointment was their inability to further restrict the rights of American citizens to keep and bear arms. Now with the end of his presidency looming, it looks like President Obama might be preparing to go “full retard” on gun control laws. The new proposal would specifically impact those who receive Social Security disability benefits, banning them from even owning guns if they fit a list of conditions that President Obama and his administration deem “dangerous.”
From the LA Times:
Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others.
A potentially large group within Social Security are people who, in the language of federal gun laws, are unable to manage their own affairs due to “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease.”
In short, anyone who is unable to manage their expenses for themselves would be prohibited from owning a firearm.
This is, quite frankly, insane. The stated purpose for these new provisions is to keep guns out of the hands of potential mass shooters, but I can’t find a single such attacker in recent history who was receiving Social Security benefits for a mental disability. In other words, the President is trying to use a national tragedy to further restrict our right to own guns and the plan he has outlined would do absolutely nothing whatsoever to make us more safe. All he wants to do is take guns out of people’s hands, and it looks like he doesn’t care whether that would actually have an impact on crime or not. He’s just pushing for the most restrictive policies that he possibly can without bothering to ask Congress for help, and he doesn’t give a damn who it hurts.
Targeting Americans with disabilities and trying to restrict their rights seems like a pretty slimy thing to do in my opinion. They haven’t done anything wrong, so why are they being punished? Oh, right: guns are evil and gun owners need to be eradicated. Right.