The never ending desire to trample the Second Amendment and disarm Americans continues to emanate from the White House. We knew it would not take long after Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez went on a shooting rampage in Chattanooga killing four Marines and Navy Petty Officer for anti-gun radical socialists like Barack Obama to once again attack legal gun owners.
In his latest move to disarm American citizens, Obama is pushing to require the Social Security Administration to report disability recipients to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System also known as NICS. The Obama administration claims that there are approximately 4.2 million Americans that are unable to conduct their own affairs due to ‘marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease,’ who receive Social Security disability benefits handled by a representative payee.
They believe that anyone receiving disability for non-physical reasons is also incapable of being a responsible gun owner and therefore should not have the right to protect themselves or enjoy target shooting or hunting. This move is one more step, according to Obama, to plug up holes in the federal background check system.
One would automatically expect gun activist organizations to oppose this move and they are, but you might be surprised who else is opposed to Obama’s latest disarmament maneuver. A number of mental health experts along with those who protect the rights of the disabled are also oppose the idea of stripping them of their Second Amendment rights based on their inability to manage their finances.
Take the case of some of our veterans who return from the horrors of war in the Middle East only to suffer forms of PTSD or other mental issues. Dr. Marc Rosen, a Yale psychiatrist who has been studying these veterans commented about Obama’s latest move, saying:
“Someone can be incapable of managing their funds but not be dangerous, violent or unsafe. They are very different determinations.”
The Chicago Tribune reports the case of former Marine Steven Overman:
“Steven Overman, a 30-year-old former Marine who lives in Virginia, said his case demonstrates the flaws of judging gun safety through financial competence.”
“After his Humvee hit a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury that weakened his memory and cognitive ability.”
“The VA eventually deemed him 100% disabled and after reviewing his case in 2012 declared him incompetent, making his wife his fiduciary.”
“State police lead students from Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., after a shooting. The Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at the school left 26 people, including 20 children, dead.”
“Upon being notified that he was being reported to the background check system, he gave his guns to his mother and began working with a lawyer to get them back.”
“Overman grew up hunting in Wisconsin. After his return from Iraq, he found solace in target shooting. ‘It’s relaxing to me,’ he said. ‘It’s a break from day-to-day life. It calms me down.’”
“Though his wife had managed their financial affairs since his deployment, Overman said he has never felt like he was a danger to himself or others.”
“‘I didn’t know the VA could take away your guns,’ he said.”
A few years back, I recall reading a report of an autistic man who also found target shooting to be very therapeutic. His autism prevented him from taking care of himself in most areas of life. One day a man broke into his house and was attempting to rape his mom using a knife to force her into submission. The autistic son, who was in his 30s and on disability used his target rifle to save his mom and hold the rapist at gunpoint until police arrived.
Yet Obama would have you believe that this mentally deficient man was incapable of being able to use a firearm responsibly enough to prevent his mom from being raped. He also believes that the men and women who sacrificed themselves for our nation are no longer worthy to live by the constitutional rights they fought to protect. That demonstrates just how much disdain and disrespect Obama has our Constitution and for our military men and women. If they ever realized it, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the first military takeover in American history.