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Last week, it became more dangerous to be old or disabled.
That’s because the Barack Obama brain trust ordained a rule that will force the Social Security Administration (SSA) to share records with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to look for so-called disabled or impaired individuals.
The government then decides whether or not to ban them from buying a gun.
The SSA maintains that “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.” That means you better keep your checking account in your own name, and if you go crazy. just let someone handle your finances using only your name.
A son or daughter handling your finances triggers an alarm and the government jumps into action:
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.
You would expect that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is up in arms, and they are:
Barack Obama’s SSA issued the final version of a rule that will doom tens of thousands of law-abiding (and vulnerable) disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients to a loss of Second Amendment rights under the guise of re-characterizing them as “mental defectives.” The SSA, for the first time in its history, will be placed into the federal government’s gun control apparatus, effectively requiring Social Security applicants to weigh their need for benefits against their fundamental rights, when applying for assistance based on mental health problems.
The SSA has decided that if once the beneficiary has the SSA’s attention–by having someone help with finances–the process of determining mental health status begins, becoming incrementally intrusive. And if a ruling of mental illness sufficient to meet the reporting threshold is handed down, then the beneficiary will be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and prohibited from purchasing firearms.
The ban is sweeping; and covers those who are unable to manage their own affairs for a multitude of reasons, including “subnormal intelligence or mental illness” to “incompetency,” an unspecified “condition,” or “disease.”
A White House statement on this new rule included the following proclamation:
Gun violence has taken a heartbreaking toll on too many communities across the country. Over the past decade in America, more than 100,000 people have been killed as a result of gun violence—and millions more have been the victim of assaults, robberies, and other crimes involving a gun. Many of these crimes were committed by people who never should have been able to purchase a gun in the first place. Over the same period, hundreds of thousands of other people in our communities committed suicide with a gun and nearly half a million people suffered other gun injuries. Hundreds of law enforcement officers have been shot to death protecting their communities. And too many children are killed or injured by firearms every year, often by accident. The vast majority of Americans—including the vast majority of gun owners—believe we must take sensible steps to address these horrible tragedies.
The phrase “hundreds of thousands of other people in our communities committed suicide with a gun” may be especially revealing. Is it callous to suggest that a healthcare system that makes a fortune caring for near-dead patients would welcome such a gun ban?
Fewer guns. Fewer suicides. More profits for hospitals and drug pushers treating terminally ill patients in pain and hopeless despair. Kaiser Family Foundation reports that the average Medicare beneficiary requires about $10,000 a year in care, but patients, who die during the year, need $35,000.
Is this gun rule all about special interests, healthcare industry profits, lobbyist “donations”, or is it another effort by the elite class to be the public’s nanny?
One thing is for sure. This regulation may not last much longer than January 20 if the NRA-endorsed candidate for President decides to scrap it.