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Obama, Social Security and Guns

Posted by Doug Jeffreys on July 26, 2015 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

There has been much discussion among pro-Second Amendment gun activists and pro-gun control activists, and I’d like to throw my two cents worth in.

  First, let me say I am a fervent supporter of the Second Amendment and a CCW permit holder for over 30 years. That being said, here is a quote from just one of the articles I’ve read: (Source - http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/20/obama-looks-to-ban-social-security-recipients-from-owning-guns/) "The Obama administration wants to keep people collecting Social Security benefits from owning guns if it is determined they are unable to manage their own affairs, the Los Angeles Times reported”. I have a hard time objecting to the restrictions being alleged. Let me explain why. My father was also a lifelong hunter, outdoorsman and a CCW holder his entire adult life. I watched and helped to care for him as Alzheimer's ravaged his mind in his final year of life. At one point, one of my brothers found him trying to open the slide on one of his semi-automatic handguns with a screwdriver....He had completely forgot how to use the slide release. The next day I removed all the guns from the house. In his final month he had gotten so bad he needed to be put in a hospice. I visited him a day before he passed, he had no idea who I was. It added another crack into my already broken heart. Now, imagine if we’d kept him home, had not removed the guns from the house and I had walked into his room. He would not have recognized me and reacted (very rightly in his mind) by picking up a gun and shooting the “stranger” walking into his room. From my understanding and personal experience, this rule is not necessarily a bad thing. I also work with people suffering from developmental and intellectual disabilities as well as a variety of mental illnesses and quite frankly, most of these folks can barely be trusted with a Spork. What I believe I am seeing is a knee-jerk reaction on both sides of the “gun” argument. Everyone needs to step back, take a deep breath and do a little more research into this subject. Here is another quote: (Source - http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/la-na-gun-law-20150718-story.html#page=1) "Someone can be incapable of managing their funds but not be dangerous, violent or unsafe," said Dr. Marc Rosen, a Yale psychiatrist who has studied how veterans with mental health problems manage their money. "They are very different determinations." I believe all reasonably intelligent adults understand the difference between physical disabilities that may require the need for a “Representative Payee” and intellectual and/or mental disabilities that not only prohibit one from handling finances but also prohibit one from making any cognitive decisions that also requires the services of a “Representative Payee”. As long as there is also a comprehensive appeals process to handle the inevitable bureaucratic screw-ups, such as those in the Veterans Administration, this is geared toward keeping dangerous weapons away from those with diminished mental capacity, not all senior citizens nor those on SSI or SSDI for physical disabilities.