Several terrible anti-gun bills have popped up in Congress following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. I know I am “preaching to the choir,” but it’s worth repeating the fact that none of these proposed bills would have done anything to prevent a mass shooting; these bills only serve to disarm millions of law-abiding Americans who did not shoot up a school in Florida.
One of the most offensive bills in the Senate right now is S. 2135, the “Fix NICS Act,” sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and co-sponsored by Sen. Dianne “Turn ’em all in, Mr. and Mrs. America!” Feinstein (D-CA).
Some people are going to accuse us of fear-mongering or producing “fake news” because of the title of this article. They will argue that the words “social security” do not appear anywhere in the text of S. 2135. These people are fools who do not understand how modern legislation functions or how it overlaps with existing regulatory code. Don’t listen to them.
S. 2135 forces states to “achieve compliance with all eligibility requirements” if they wish to receive law enforcement grant money from the Justice Department and other agencies. It’s the word “all” that ropes in social security recipients and potentially millions of additional Americans like student loan holders, food stamp recipients and others. The intended gun-grabbing consequence of S. 2135 will be that states will rush to add as many names as humanly possible to the federal NICS system in order to continue receiving their federal gravy train.
Here’s a very specific example of how the “Fix NICS Act” could impact you. “Fugitives from justice” are supposed to be included in the NICS. Something that frequently happens, however, is that states do not bother reporting the names of out-of-state drivers who have unpaid traffic tickets to the NICS (even though, technically, they fit the definition of a “fugitive from justice”). If you were pulled over for speeding in another state years ago and failed to appear for a court date, guess what? Your name will be added to the NICS the second that S. 2135 becomes federal law.
Yet every time that Sen. Cornyn steps in front of the cameras, he talks about how his legislation is only intended to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerously mentally ill people. An unpaid traffic ticket is a pretty far stretch from being a potential school shooter.
Likewise, if a social security recipient cannot manage their checkbook, they are technically “mentally defective” and banned from gun ownership under federal law. Due to common sense, these social security recipients are usually not added to the NICS. They’re not dangerous and every person in close proximity to them knows it, so their names are never turned over to the feds. That will also change, immediately, if S. 2135 becomes law.
Cornyn heart is not in the right place on this issue and it never has been (he may be a Republican Senator from Texas, but he’s no Ted Cruz). Cornyn has never been a true friend of the Second Amendment and for years he tried to pass one of Barack Obama’s favorite bills that would have expanded federal law by labeling millions of additional Americans as “mental defectives.”
In the aftermath of the Florida school shooting, everyone is talking about the need to keep firearms out of the hands of the “dangerously mentally ill” people, but no one wants to talk honestly about the second half of that problem, which is, what do we do about it?
You say you want to ban crazy people from purchasing guns? Fine. Please explain who you would want to have the authority to determine whether you are mentally ill. How about your mailman? He’s a federal employee. How about public school teachers? If your child has a problem with a particular teacher, should the teacher have the authority to add them — permanently — to the NICS?
Progressive (anti-gun) members of the American Psychiatric Association have been publishing white papers for years claiming that political conservatism is a form of mental illness. Should they be allowed to declare you mentally ill on their own, without a judge or another third party’s input?
Federal law already bans the mentally ill from gun ownership — so long as a legal process is followed and the determination is made by mental health professionals, a judge and corroborating witnesses. This is as it should be, so that your mailman cannot anonymously declare you to be nuts and prompt a visit from the BATFE.
Since this is established law, any “new” legislation, like S. 2135, is just another excuse to disarm law-abiding Americans. When you have time, send your Senators an email or place a quick phone call to urge a “No” vote on S. 2135.
~ American Gun News