Media Goes NUTS About GOP Gun Control Move, But They Blew It Again

If you were on Twitter at all yesterday, you probably saw a lot of unhinged tweets from liberal sources that made you think the GOP had done something really awful when it comes to gun control.

Sounds like Republicans are supporting giving guns to the mentally ill and getting rid of background checks.


Turns out this is just more fake news from the mainstream media.

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From Townhall:

Last May, Katie reported on how the Obama White House tried to strip gun rights from people who receive financial help managing Social Security benefits. Under the gun control measure, those individuals could be deemed mentally unfit and placed into the NICS background check system as ineligible to purchase a firearm without due process.

It is this anti-gun effort that Congress decided to do away with on Thursday.

Here’s some more insight as to why this measure was not needed.

From National Review:

There were a host of reasons to object to this measure. On separation-of-powers grounds, the prospect of the Social Security Administration playing judge, jury, and executioner is flatly intolerable. On due process grounds, there was nothing to recommend the measure (as the ACLU made abundantly clear in its opposition letter). On statutory grounds, it seems clear that the SSA was acting ultra vires. And, as political matter, the vacillation of the Obama administration — which insisted simultaneously that “incidents of violence continue to highlight a crisis in America’s mental health system” and that it was “not attempting to imply a connection between mental illness and a propensity for violence, particularly gun violence” — was downright embarrassing. But one does not have to agree with me on process or in outlook to see that as a matter of positive policy, the idea was a terrible one. As Yale’s Dr. Mark Rosen observed when the rule was first adumbrated, the link between financial acumen and mental illness is extraordinarily weak: “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.

You just can’t believe everything you read when it comes to the mainstream media.

When are they going to finally learn?



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