Lawmakers including U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner are demanding that the Social Security Administration drop its plans to report certain senior citizens and disabled recipients to law enforcement in order to ban gun sales to those individuals.
This latest effort by the Obama administration to chip away at our Second Amendment rights demands that Social Security report these recipients to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is used to prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts, and illegal immigrants, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Essentially, if you can’t balance your checkbook or had a leg amputated due to diabetes, the Obama administration reasons that you shouldn’t own a gun.
The letter signed by 25 senators last week to Social Security Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin stated:
Old age or a disability does not make someone a threat to society. Having a representative payee should not be grounds to revoke constitutional rights. We strongly urge you to halt any steps to provide information on Social Security beneficiaries or Supplemental Security Income recipients to the NICS.
If implemented, more than four million Americans would be added to the criminal database.
Senior citizens and disabled persons are not criminals, but some of the most vulnerable in our society who would likely own weapons for their own protection. It’s pathetic that the agency charged with seeing to their care would instead seek to rob them of their constitutional rights.