In his last few weeks in office, President Barack Obama has held nothing back. Obama has seen the writing on the wall, and he has been determined to do everything possible to make life difficult for President-elect Donald Trump.
From Russian sanctions to blasting Israel at the U.N. Security Council, Obama has sown chaos wherever he could. And when it comes to gun control, it appears that Obama has been trying to push through anything he can at the last minute.
In December 2016, the Social Security Administration issued new rules regarding senior citizens receiving Social Security disability funds. This new rule would potentially bar senior citizens from owning firearms if they have been deemed unable to handle their own financial affairs due to “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition or disease.”
“If we find an individual to be disabled based on a listing-level mental impairment, and he or she satisfies all of the remaining requirements, we are required to report them to the NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System),” the new rules stated.
This new rule was simply a continuation of Obama’s post-Sandy Hook policies that attempted to drastically expand gun control.
Once in the NICS system, any senior citizen deemed incompetent would not be able to purchase a firearm. They can appeal that decision after the fact, but that amounts to them fighting the federal government to regain a right stolen from them without due process.
This is just wrong. The federal government has absolutely no right to decide whether a citizen is competent to own a firearm. That’s not what’s written in the Second Amendment — and it certainly isn’t what the Founding Fathers had in mind.
National Review noted in 2015 that such a rule (which was only a proposal at the time) had the potential to spiral out of control. If the government can make decisions about whether you are allowed to own a firearm on the basis of your ability to handle finances, what will they use as a criterion next?
Perhaps Obama should focus on the flood of illegal guns and gangs in places like Chicago that don’t pay attention to any gun control legislation and kill hundreds of people each year. How many Americans have been harmed by senior citizens incapable of handling their own finances? Have their been any at all?
Going after senior citizens to strip their right to bear arms shows just how petty and desperate Obama truly is in his final days as president.
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