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Gun Control And Social Security (No, Seriously)

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Sep 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you live in the real world, you probably missed the contretemps over gun control and Social Security. If, however, you watch Fox News, this story is probably right up there near the top of the list of things you are currently enraged about. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Obama administration was promoting the idea of adding those persons deemed unable to handle their own affairs to the list of people who should not own firearms.  If Social Security said you cannot manage your own life due to marked subnormal intelligence or mental illness, you would be added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  Apparently, the Veterans Administration has done this for years.  Make sense right? Only in the real world. In the paranoid world, this an attempt by Big Brother to take guns away from law abiding citizens. Can't have that.  A couple of thoughts occur: the National Rifle Association has made a deliberate effort to say that gun violence is not cause by guns, but by mentally-ill people. Take the guns away from those folks, says that NRA, and all the gun violence will end. So, given the chance to sign onto a plan that achieves this goal, the NRA . . . . wait for it. . . . goes bananas.  

Is That A Gun In Your Pocket?

The LA Times story includes a quote from a fine fellow who admits to being "irritable and antisocial" but not dangerous.  Why would we want to keep weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of people who are antisocial? Also: whatever happened to all the outrage about people getting government benefits and wasting them on frivolous things? (I'm looking a you, Governor Brownback.) Unless I am missing something, an M-16  machine gun should not be high on the list of things people getting government checks should be buying.  I have dealt with hundreds of claimants over the years. SSA does not lightly designate someone as unable to manage their own affairs. If we cannot agree that these people should not be buying automatic weapons, is there any way to limit access to guns? Apparently not. Congressman Sam Johnson (guess which party), from Texas--no need to guess on that one--has introduced a bill to keep the NICS from adding those persons that SSA says cannot handle their own affairs.  Feel safer now? 

LA Times Story

Congressman Johnson to the rescue

M-16 For Sale

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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