Giving Guns to People with Mental Health Disabilities

There is news from Capitol Hill which underscores the notion that there is more to fear in Washington, DC than just the  the White House.  According to an article in the NY Times on Wednesday (February 15th)

Congress has acted to reverse and Obama administration rule requiring the Social Security Administration to add about 75,000 people, currently on disability support, to the national background check database and deny them gun purchases. These individuals suffer schizophrenia, psychotic disorders and other problems to such an extent that they are unable to manage their financial affairs and other basic tasks without help.

An article from The Hill  reports a statement from House Speaker Paul Ryan after the shootings in Orlando.  Ryan stated  “that many of the shooters are mentally ill and therefore a reform of the mental health system is the right response.”I don’t want to keep saying the same thing over and over,” Ryan said after the fourth question in a row about actions to take about mass shootings. “But one of the things we’ve noticed: There are mental health issues here.”

But we shouldn’t prevent mentally disabled people who have financial conservators from having guns?

In rebuttal, Republicans have stated about the revoked rule:  “…despite its good intentions, what the policy actually does is take away the gun rights of a large category of individuals without any evidence that they pose a risk of harm to self or others, and without legal due process protections commensurate with abridging a constitutional right.” (Washington Post, Feb 10, 2017)

Let’s review:

∙       Mentally ill people

∙       On Social Security Disability (you know how hard that is to get)

∙       WITH a financial advisor or conservator to take care of finances because they are unable to.

Just sayin’

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