First it was the Democrats robbing money from Medicare to assist them in the funding of Barry’s signature healthcare ‘reform’, Obamacare, but that just wasn’t enough for them.  Because now, or so it would seem, Barry now has in his crosshairs some 4.2 million Americans, Social Security recipients, who use a fiduciary to handle their monthly benefits as way to prohibit those folks who have been found incompetent to manage their own financial affairs from being able to own a guns.

This most recent proposal, part of an overall maneuver to bolster gun laws since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the incident the good thing about which, Ed Rendell said, was the fact that it was so horrible, would require the Social Security Administration to report those 4.2 million people to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which ensures felons, drug addicts, illegal immigrants and others cannot buy firearms.

It’s that 4.2 million figure which represents those who receive monthly benefits but use a fiduciary because of “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease.”  The figure breaks down to about 2.7 million people with supposed mental health problems, “a potentially higher risk category for gun ownership” and another 1.5 million who have their finances managed by others for what referred to as “a variety of reasons.”

The NRA and other gun-rights advocates have already said they will object to this latest scheme to undermine the Second Amendment.  National Council on Disability member Ari Ne’eman has also said that the independent federal agency would oppose “any policy that used assignment of a representative payee as a basis to take any fundamental right from people with disabilities.”  And he went on to say, “The rep payee is an extraordinarily broad brush.”

Dr. Marc Rosen, a Yale psychiatrist who has studied mentally ill veterans and how they manage their money, cautioned that “someone can be incapable of managing their funds, but not be dangerous.”  Rosen said, “They are very different determinations.”  But such a conclusion matters very little to those who wish to make sure that the only ones who have guns are those that wish to do the rest of us some level of serious harm.  We don’t have the luxury of body guards or the Secret Service.

In December, it was Bloomberg that reported on a federal appeals court ruling that a history of mental illness should not prohibit citizens from owning a weapon.  The case under consideration involved a Michigan man who in 2011 was denied a gun permit based on the fact that he had been committed to a mental institution in 1985 after suffering a breakdown during a contentious divorce.  It was after roughly a month that the man was released and returned to work.

But federal law bars those with a past history of mental illness from owning a firearm unless they qualify for an exception.  A Cincinnati appeals court found that the law’s provision barring gun ownership for anyone “adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution” violates the Second Amendment.  But Barry has demonstrated on any number of occasions that he will leave no stone unturned in his effort to strip guns from the hands of law abiding Americans.

And it was Chris W. Cox of the National Rifle Association who said in a statement reacting to the proposed regulation, “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,”.  And I’m sure it will come as a surprise to anyone to learn that the Social Security agency “has been drafting its policy well outside of public view.”

So apparently the right to defend oneself is now deemed, at least by Barry and the Democrats, to come with an expiration date?  Or at least an age that once it has been reached excludes from our seniors one of the most basic and fundamental of our Constitutional rights.  The most vulnerable among us are to be left defenseless against what has become, during Barry’s tenure, a growing number of hoodlums who view our seniors as nothing more than easy prey.

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