While we were all distracted with the election this week, Obama’s Social Security Administration (SSA) made a horrifying gun-grabbing move by proposing to report people who receive disability benefits and have a mental health condition to the FBI’s background check system.
According to The Hill, this proposal stems from a 2013 memorandum of Obama’s, and it would basically block some people with severe mental health problems from buying guns. The SSA is set to propose this on Thursday in the latest edition of the Federal Register, and they plan to notify disability beneficiaries who might be reported and start a process for them to appeal their placement in the FBI’s background check system.
This comes after Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has accused Obama’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) of reporting veterans to the FBI just because they are unable to manage their personal finances and must be assigned a fiduciary. Grassley has pointed out that 99% of the people FBI bans from owning guns because they are considered “mentally defective” come from the VA.
With this new proposal, the SSA is trying to make a similar move against people who receive disability insurance because they are unable to work due to mental health disorders.
“It appears that just like the VA, SSA’s regulatory action will not require the government to first prove that the individual is a danger to self or others,” Grassley wrote last July in a letter to Carolyn Colvin, acting commissioner of the Social Security Administration.
“Is the SSA using the VA’s regulatory standard as a template for reporting names to the [FBI]?” he added. “If not, in what ways is the SSA’s regulatory scheme different from the VA’s?”
The public will have 60 days to comment on this proposal.
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