by Clay Turner, Creative Director
Friday, February 17, 2017
The U.S. Senate voted 57-43 on Wednesday to reverse a Social Security Administration (SSA) regulation that would have denied Second and Fourth Amendment rights to tens of thousands of citizens who do not pose a danger to themselves or others. The Obama rule would have empowered SSA bureaucrats to prohibit people who receive Social Security disability payments for a mental disability and have a representative payee handling their finances from purchasing or possessing a firearm. The wide array of mental disabilities includes conditions like eating disorders.
Following a previous vote in the House, the measure now goes to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.
The Senate vote is sure to renew howls from the media and anti-gun politicians who, in the wake of the House vote, erupted with inflammatory fake news headlines. They claimed that the GOP-controlled House ended background checks for the severely mentally ill:
“House Votes To Overturn Obama Rule Restricting Gun Sales To The Severely Mentally Ill” – NPR
“House votes to roll back rule to prevent mentally ill from buying guns” – UPI
“House GOP Overturns Rule Restricting Mentally Ill People From Buying Guns” – Vanity Fair
In reality, exactly none of that is true.
This media hysteria is over Congress’ rolling back of an executive action by then-President Barack Obama, enabling the Social Security Administration (SSA) to bar certain benefit recipients from buying a gun. SSA intended to flag people who have a ”representative payee” to help them manage their benefits as potentially being “mentally defective,” and submit their names to NICS.
In addition, here are seven more things fake news outlets aren’t telling you about Social Security’s overreaching power grab:
1. The SSA acts as both judge and doctor when adjudicating you “a mental defective.” If you believe that an adjudication of a person’s mental state should be left to a court of law, you need to expand your vision, Dr. Cyclops.
From the SSA entry in the Federal Register: “Our adjudication is an adjudication by a lawful authority, by virtue of the authority granted to the Commissioner of Social Security under the Social Security Act.” Astonishingly, SSA claims it doesn’t need a judge to ”adjudicate” you a “mental defective.”
“We are basing our report on the individual’s inability to manage his or her affairs as a result of his or her mental impairment.” Which means if you receive benefits because of PTSD, anxiety, or even an eating disorder, SSA labels you mentally defective if you need help balancing your checkbook.