Things are turning around for supporters of the Second Amendment. This was one of the final acts Obama did. Glad to see it shot down!
One of the final acts of the Obama administration was the writing of a new rule that required the Social Security Administration to report certain information to the FBI regarding the benefits received by senior citizens.
Specifically, the rule required that any person who designated another person to manage their finances due to a mental disability would be prohibited from purchasing a firearm.
BREAKING: Senate votes to block Obama-era rule preventing mentally impaired Social Security recipients from buying guns.
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The problem with the Obama regulation is that these people’s right of due process of law was subverted; hence, the opposition from the ACLU.
In a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee, the ACLU wrote:
We oppose this rule because it advances and reinforces the harmful stereotype that people with mental disabilities, a vast and diverse group of citizens, are violent. There is no data to support a connection between the need for a representative payee to manage one’s Social Security disability benefits and a propensity toward gun violence. The rule further demonstrates the damaging phenomenon of “spread,” or the perception that a disabled individual with one area of impairment automatically has additional, negative and unrelated attributes. Here, the rule automatically conflates one disability-related characteristic, that is, difficulty managing money, with the inability to safely possess a firearm.
The due process clause of the Fifth Amendment states that “No person shall be … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.” Meaning, a person can be deprived of fundamental rights, but only through a judicial process and not by the whim of the Executive Branch.