(actual) gun nuts
by, 02-05-2017 at 11:18 AM (282 Views)
Dunno if any of you know anyone on Social Security disability for severe mental illness. I do. I also know some individuals who are too sick to support themselves that were denied those same benefits. It is a tall order to get permanent disability. You have to "certifiable" to get within sniffing distance of SSDI.
We are now going to empower the very sickest of the sickest to pack heat.
I really believe I'd be expatriated from this madness by now if it were strictly up to me. Still trying to cajole the wife to get the fuck out of 'Murucuh.
"When an American suffers from a severe mental illness, to the point that he or she receives disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, there are a variety of limits created to help protect that person and his or her interests. These folks cannot, for example, go to a bank to cash a check on their own.
If congressional Republicans have their way, these impaired people will, however, be able to buy a gun. USA Today reported:
The House of Representatives approved its first effort of the new Congress to roll back gun regulations, voting to overturn a rule that would bar gun ownership by some who have been deemed mentally impaired by the Social Security Administration.
The House voted 235-180 largely along party lines Thursday to repeal an Obama-era rule requiring the Social Security Administration to send records of some beneficiaries to the federal firearms background check system after they’ve been deemed mentally incapable of managing their financial affairs.
The rule, when implemented, would affect about 75,000 recipients of disability insurance and supplemental insurance income who require a representative to manage their benefits because of a disabling mental disorder, ranging from anxiety to schizophrenia.
The full roll call on yesterday’s vote is online here. Note that 97% of House Republicans voted for the measure, while 99% of House Democrats voted against it.
While GOP proponents of the bill argued that it’s unfair to limit the rights of the mentally disabled, Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), among others, explained, “These are not just people having a bad day…. These are people with a severe mental illness who can’t hold any kind of job or make any decisions about their affairs.”
This did not prove persuasive to Congress’ far-right majority, which supported the measure that enjoyed the enthusiastic backing of the National Rifle Association.
In terms of the substantive details, the Social Security Administration reports the names of those who receive disability benefits due to severe mental illness to the FBI’s background-check system. The House bill intends to block that reporting, making more people eligible to legally buy a firearm.
Often, in the wake of the country’s brutal mass shootings, Republican policymakers have a reflexive set of talking points, and near the top is something intended to sound constructive: working on mental-health issues is a potential area for bipartisan common ground."
Also see: coal dumping approved for rivers and streams; and
foreign government bribes no longer need to be reported;