From the LA Times:
Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others.
The push is intended to bring the Social Security Administration in line with laws regulating who gets reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, which is used to prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts, immigrants in the country illegally and others.
A potentially large group within Social Security are people who, in the language of federal gun laws, are unable to manage their own affairs due to “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease.”
There is no simple way to identify that group, but a strategy used by the Department of Veterans Affairs since the creation of the background check system is reporting anyone who has been declared incompetent to manage pension or disability payments and assigned a fiduciary.
Well, I am right in the middle of applying for Social Security disability payments. If successful, I do not deed some lard-assed federal bureaucrat deciding i cannot handle my finances (a case could possibly be made for that) and then suddenly loose to right to own and control the most effective means of self defense there is.
The right wing media has decided, in its overly simplified reporting, that this is a done deal and is nothing more than a shameless gun grab.
Still I don’t see how many Sandy Hooks could have been prevented by taking guns away from stroke patients.