Remember the post I did a while back (along with many other bloggers) regarding this administration’s ongoing attempts to restrict the rights of law-abiding Social Security recipients?
Did that tick you off? It did me.
A Brief Note from the Executive Director
Earlier this week, Gun Owners of America emailed you about Obama’s latest gun grab — a ban that is aimed at Social Security recipients who want to pass on their gun collections to their children and grandchildren.
Unfortunately, we neglected to include in that email, the sample text which can be sent to the Social Security Administration. It was posted on the web version of this alert, but was not included in the email.
I apologize for that omission.
You can now find the sample text below, with instructions on how to send it to the Social Security Administration — thus registering your opposition to these diabolical regulations which jeapordize gun collections in hundreds of thousands of American homes.
As always, I want to thank you for your activism.
Gun Owners of America
How to Take Action
The Social Security Administration has posted regulations here. And they are inviting comments from the general public.
While you can fax or mail your comments, they “strongly recommend that you submit your comments via the Internet.”
So here’s what to do:
- Visit the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov.
- Use the “Search” function to find docket number SSA–2016–0011.
- Submit your comments, using the pre-written text suggested below or by uploading your own text.
NOTE: The regulations state that, “The system will issue a tracking number to confirm your submission. You will not be able to view your comment immediately because we must post each comment manually. It may take up to a week or more for your comment to be viewable.”
You have until July 5 to submit your comments.
Suggested Response to the Social Security Administration (below)
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing to you regarding the SOCIAL SECURITY GUN BAN — docket number SSA–2016–0011 — which was formally published in the Federal Register in May.
I am in opposition to this rule and urge the administration to withdraw it.
We have seen this game before at the hands of the Veterans Administration: To date, over 250,000 law-abiding veterans who have served their country honorably have had their constitutional rights stripped from them.
The VA claims veterans can contest the removal of their rights — and can petition to have them restored. This rule claims the same right to petition.
But you know — as does the VA — that that process costs at least $10,000. In fact, to be successful, the cost would be more like $20,000 to $100,000.
For this reason, data shows that a tiny fraction of these veterans have successfully used these illusory mechanisms to reclaim their rights.
Under this proposed rule, if a person is on Social Security disability by reason of a mental health impairment, then their gun rights are gone. Period.
The regulation promises to aggressively search for and take away the gun rights of Social Security Disability recipients with PTSD, ADHD, post partem depression, Alzheimer’s, etc.
But understand this: Some parts of the regulation, like the definition of “adjudicated as a mental defective” in proposed CFR 421.105, are applicable to all Title II recipients, including old-age programs.
Make no mistake: It is clear to everyone that your hidden agenda (disarming seniors) is much broader than your ostensible agenda (disarming the disabled).
Thus, under this language, if a senior can’t “manage their own affairs,” they are specifically acknowledged by the Social Security Administration as being a “mental defective” for purposes of making them a prohibited person.
Barack Obama claims that this regulation would involve 75,000 persons (who would unconstitutionally lose their fundamental rights), but you understand that the number is more likely to be in the multiple hundreds of thousands.
Then you propose to turn in the names of these innocent law-abiding Americans to the FBI, for the sake of unilaterally stripping them of fundamental constitutional guarantees — all without a hearing or any due process whatsoever.
And, while you propose to do this on the basis of your victims’ incompetence (“mental defect”), you simultaneously assume they are competent to know what you are doing to them — and to round up and dispose of all their firearms in order to avoid becoming Instant Felons.
You probably don’t know this and probably don’t care: But octogenarians are not a high-crime demographic. Very large numbers of them have firearms which they intend to pass on to their children, however.
And most of them would be surprised that they were being turned into “Instant Felons,” subject to SWAT teams and potential prison sentences.
I understand you’re marching to the beat of a Leftist political drummer. But understand this: groups like Gun Owners of America will work with Congress to defund this corrupt exercise.
And every senior citizen in America will go into the polling booth this fall with the knowledge of your unsuccessful little effort to turn them into criminals.
For all these reasons, and more, I urge you to withdraw the SOCIAL SECURITY GUN BAN — docket number SSA–2016–0011.
I did it. It took less than 5 minutes. You have almost a month to do the same. Or, draft your own response!