Obama Seeks to Link Gun Control to Government Benefits

By Dave Dolbee published on in News

President Obama is seeking to expand gun control through executive action and the back door. All it takes is a phone and a pen to potentially strip the Second Amendment from millions of citizens who have never committed a crime. In fact, the President is looking to equate anyone whose monthly Social Security disability payments is being handled by another (Alternate payee) in the same classification as drug addicts, felons or illegal immigrants. After all, who needs Constitutional protections when you can reinterpret the law through executive action and deny people their constitutional rights?

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The President is redefining the concept of gun control through expanded background checks by looking to existing federal law that restricts firearm ownership of citizens who are unable to manage their own affairs due to “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease.”

This is where it starts to get murky and dangerous for the Second Amendment. What does “marked subnormal intelligence” mean? Mental illness? Condition? Disease? The administration or any bureaucrat can tailor the definition of any of those terms to criteria that would strip millions of their 2A rights. And where would it stop? After applying the new criteria to those receiving benefits from Social Security who would be the next target?

Historical Perspective

The plan to expand background checks is not new, but was not expanded to Social Security for a reason. The 2007 Virginia Tech murders marked 32 deaths by a man who had already been declared by the courts to be mentally ill and ordered to undergo outpatient treatment. At the time, the court order was insufficient to warrant mandatory inclusion into the nation’s database. The database, NICS or National Instant Criminal Background Check System, is a system for determining whether prospective firearms buyers are eligible to legally own or possess a firearm. It was enacted in the early 1990s after being mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Act.

After Virginia Tech, Congress expanded the reporting requirements, but the Social Security Administration determined it was not required to submit records, according to LaVenia LaVelle, an agency spokeswoman. Now the President wants to force the Social Security Administration to do just that via executive action and without the input or consent of Congress.

Reasonably, there are a few naysayers; political spinsters from the gun control ranks that would accuse us of being radicals and conspiracy theorists. However, we can look to the government for our answers—specifically the Department of Government Affairs. How does the Department of Government Affairs define disease, condition or incompetency? It is not cut and dry, but certainly those suffering from mild forms of PTSD, stress or other traumatic injuries would fit the new criteria.

Currently, there are approximately 4.2 million adults receiving benefits that are managed by a “representative payees.” Taking that to a personal level, my grandmother who is in her 90s could no longer legally posses an heirloom firearm that belonged to my grandfather before he passed a few decades ago. A friend with severe arthritis who has his daughter handle his finances would be barred from ownership. The gentleman has not shot in probably 20 years due to his condition, but he is a semi-retired lawyer (i.e. he is still mentally competent to practice law) and has one helluva gun collection that is still growing. How is he suddenly incapable or unsafe to own a firearm?

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Gun Control v. Gun Rights

The only people in favor of this plan have preconceived gun control agendas. Critics—not just gun rights activists—including mental health experts and advocates for the disabled have blasted the plan stating an expansion of the list of prohibited gun owners based on financial competence is wrongheaded and misinterprets the original meaning of the law. Difficulty balancing a checkbook should not be a reason to strip individuals of their Constitutional rights. Would we suspend their freedom of speech, protection from self-incrimination or force them quarter soldiers in their homes during peacetime under the same guise?

The law was designed to prohibit ownership from someone who has shown a strong tendency or suspicion of being violent, unsafe or dangerous. However, instead of increasing safety and security, the law would have the effect of pushing those seeking treatment or benefits into the shadows—or worse, away from treatment altogether. I have had the pleasure of hunting with dozens of disabled or recovering veterans on industry-sponsored trips over the years. Some had severe disabilities from combat—mental or physical—but all had a strong desire to overcome and regain a sense of normalcy. If President Obama’s plan comes to fruition, memories such as these would be a thing of the past.

 

Eric Hollen, a U.S. Army veteran and Paralympic athlete, competes in a 50-meter pistol competition.

Since when does a blanket decision regarding a disability bar an individual from gun ownership without due process?

A Ray of Hope?

Republicans have introduced legislation to change the policy. The Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act, now under consideration in the House, would require a court to determine that somebody poses a danger before being reported to the background check system. It is time to crank up the machine and remind your congressional representatives that you support the Second Amendment and our veterans.

Where do you come down on the President’s attempt to expand background checks? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comment section.

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Comments (201)

  • Mikial

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    And so the next totalitarian liberal tactic surfaces.

    And we will fight this like we have fought all the rest.

    But, since my wife is 30+ years younger than me, assuming too much rum and good living don’t kill me first, if I ever get to the point where I am collecting SS (doubtful since there won’t be any money left in it by then) I will “sell” all my guns to her with a legally notarized bill of sale.

    Besides, I can always say I sold them all through the “gun show loophole” and use their own idiocy against them.

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  • Archangel

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    Barry won’t be satisfied until he completely “transforms America” into his vision of a Marxist paradise (aka Hell)

    Too many are still fooled by this pathologically lying Marxist statist – many because they see him as giving them underserved rewards paid for by other people, others because they’re too stupid

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  • Glock Guy

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    So what other stupid laws does he want to make up before he leaves office? Sure as all soon to be former presidents he wants to leave his mark on America and the America people. Well they are never going to get that smell out of the white house, that will be just another mark that he has left on America. Take all of your stuff and dumb ass and move out. and take your stupid dog too! .Somebody call Mr. Clean and his buddy’s Ajax and Spic N Span, If Trump win’s Spic N Span will be out of a job!

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    • Mikial

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      Not laws, Brother, “Executive Orders.” That’s how the Nazis get around the Constitution.

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    • Secundius

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      @ Mikial.

      It WASN’T an Executive Order, it was what called a Presidential (Executive) Memorandum. It lacks the CLOUT of an Executive Order. It essentially get’s “Kicked” to Congress for a Clarification and a Bill. Which probably mean it will get “Booted” to the Supreme Court for a Ruling…

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    • Mikial

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      Thanks, Secundus.

      I do appreciate that between all of us working together, we can sort out the Gordian Knot of the American political system, and I am glad it can be overrode or at least stalled and pushed into a long litigation.

      Either way, we have an . . . individual in the WH who seeks constantly to circumvent the checks and balances of the Constitution through the arrogance of the liberal mindset.

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    • Will

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      @ Mikial: Not up to speed on Executive Orders, and this question was posed to me recently: [Can an incoming president’s executive order override/nullify a former president’s executive order]? As I said, I don’t know, but, I’ve got $50 riding on it says it can’t. Anyone out there know for sure? No guessing.. Gotta be sure.

      WILL

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    • Mikial

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      @WILL, excellent question and my money says it can be overrode by the sitting president, but may be subject to SCOTUS interpretation.

      Secundus seems to have done his homework on this . . what say you, Brother?

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    • Secundius

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      @ Will.

      YES. A successor President can, and so can Congress with a 2/3’s Vote…

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    • Secundius

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      @ Glock Guy.

      After that last Crack at John McCain (the Veteran and POW). Was Literally a Slap In the Face and a Kick In the Ass for ALL Service Men and Women alike. It was the Kiss of Death in Trump’s Presidential run. No In Uniformed Serving Man or Woman and Veteran alike, will vote for Trump now…

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    • McRuger

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      You would think so Secundius but his number went up if i’m not mistaken.

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    • Secundius

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      @ McRuger.

      He may be the “Flavor of the Month” Now. But, seriously, I don’t see him giving up a ~$130-Million USD. a year job for a ~$400-Thousand USD. a year job…

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  • Jim Oksvold

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    In my books The 3 last Presidents do not qualify for being a President. (Did not inhale – Dried out – Did inhale)

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  • Jim Oksvold

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    In my books The 3 last Presidents do not qualify for being a President. (Did not inhale – Dried out – Did inhale)
    Trouble is that they got elected – Perhaps the majority is not
    qualify to vote. Hm… Thinking Thinking – Troubling.

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  • Secundius

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    Venturus et assumpturus illos per fortitudinem et honorem i spit anhelans post te…

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    • Secundius

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      Scratch the last comment, it can out wrong TYPO’S, My Bad. It’s suppose to be:
      Venite, et fortitudinem, et honorem i per te veru morientis spirtum.
      A passage of the 9th Legion on the Thames (Timis) Britain. Translate to mean “Come and Take them through Strength and Honor, I Spit my Last Dying Breath at Thee…

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    • Mikial

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      Great quote, I love Latin.

      We all know that in any struggle against a well trained and better equipped force, the tree of Liberty will indeed be watered with the blood of Patriots, so this has always been one of my favorites,

      “from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.” Captain Ahab, Herman Melville, Moby Dick.

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    • McRuger

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      No,No, No
      That was Khan yelling at Captain Kirk in The Wrath of Khan. LOL

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    • Mikial

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      Very good! Star Trek rules!

      That’s where the script for the film got it’s inspiration.

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    • Secundius

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      @ Mikial.

      That’s how I got Interested in Reading the Old Classics, Watching Star Trek. I wonder, though? Will I need a Permit for a 40-Watt Plasma Rifle…

      Reply

  • Bill H

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    MOLON LABE

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  • antiaguila

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    I just can’t wait to get this asshole out of office. I just hope that Americans are smart enough to put someone in office that loves Americans.

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    • Archangel

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      That would let out almost all Dimocraps

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  • Tombstone Gabby

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    “The Man” campaigned on ‘hoke’ and ‘chains’. We got the ‘hoke’ with “If you like your doctor…..”; now comes the ‘chains’.

    Oh, BTW, it’s no longer BS, it’s SS. The first S is for Steer. You do know how a Bull becomes a Steer, right?

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  • Shane

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    OBAMA IS THE WORST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO AMERICA!

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    • Don

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      You can say that again he is the Manchurian Canidate. If there ever was one it’s him. It just all adds up .

      Reply

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