Tuesday, July 21, 2015

On Social Security? Obama Wants Your Gun!

-Adam Dick
In a move that Alan Zarembo of the Los Angeles Times reports could result in the US government barring millions of Americans from owning guns, President Barack Obama’s administration has been quietly planning to have the Social Security Administration report the private information of Social Security recipients to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Among the millions of people who may, as a result, be deprived of the ability to legally possess guns are, Zarembo notes, about 1.5 million Social Security recipients who “have their finances handled by others for a variety of reasons” and about 2.7 million people who receive Social Security disability payments due to mental health problems.

The Obama administration’s planned Social Security program is similar to an ongoing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program for reporting private mental health and other information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for inclusion in NICS. My April 22 Ron Paul Institute article “VA Sending Veterans’ Mental Health Information to the FBI to Aid Gun Restrictions” provides details and analysis regarding the VA program. The RPI article also puts the VA program in the context of the “ongoing expansion of the scope of mental health databases and of the databases’ use by the US and state governments to prevent people from exercising gun rights.”

As with the VA program, the planned Social Security program baselessly equates a person’s inability or disinclination to handle some or all of his financial activities or decisions with the person posing a danger to others.