The Second Amendment was put into the Bill of Rights by the Founding Fathers. They knew that the possibility existed Americans might, some day, be required to defend their precious freedoms from their own over-powerful and tyrannical central government.
They understood that power can grow over time, as it did back in the 1770’s, and that to truly be free, sometimes a revolution is inevitable.
While that day may be near, President Trump has been a staunch advocate of Second Amendment rights from the very beginning. He has moved to protect those rights after former President Obama had tried to restrict them by issuing a gun ban against some Social Security recipients.
Breitbart News reported:
The specific details of the ban are unknown, as it is being put together “outside of public view.” But the LA Times reports that a ban on gun possession due to inability to handle finances would be sweeping; that it would cover those who are unable to manage their own affairs for a multitude of reasons–from “subnormal intelligence or mental illness” to “incompetency,” an unspecified “condition,” or “disease.”
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The Times notes that the finances of roughly “4.2 million” Social Security beneficiaries are handled by someone else.
The ban was fashioned behind closed doors in the summer of 2015 and as bits and pieces of the ban continued to be revealed over the following months, it was evident that Social Security beneficiaries who required help managing their finances were in jeopardy of losing their Second Amendment rights.
An overview of the ban–provided by the Social Security Administration (SSA)–showed it was structured so that persons under mental duress and requiring help with their finances could be investigated by the SSA, then turned over to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to be barred from gun purchases.
According to page 19 of the SSA overview:
Under our representative payee policy, unless direct payment is prohibited, we presume that an adult beneficiary is capable of managing or directing the management of benefits. However, if we have information that the beneficiary has a mental or physical impairment that prevents him or her from managing or directing the management of benefits, we will develop the issue of capability.
If a beneficiary has a mental impairment, we will develop the capability issue if there is an indication that the beneficiary may lack the ability to reason properly, is disoriented, has seriously impaired judgment, or is unable to communicate with others.
The U.S. House voted to repeal the ban on February 2 and the Senate voted to repeal it on February 15.
Trump signed it on February 28!
So there, Mr. Obama! More of your legacy being flushed down the drain!