I’m curious on what you think about this, because this happened. I have to say that for once, I’m in line with the GOP vote. I know, right?!?!?
I’m copying and pasting my response from a friend’s thread to this on FB, but please be sure to read the article, and if you like any follow up articles on this:
The disability advocate in me is anxious and really dislikes requirements like this one. I say this as a supporter of the 2nd Amendment who also supports reasonable gun control laws, and as a Democrat.
Requiring the SSA to send records of people with mental illness to the FBI is extremely discriminatory. Anyway, knowing who is receiving SSDI (Social Security Disability Income), which is basically what this will require, is a violation of medical privacy laws. Or, as in the article:
“This is a slap in the face for those in the disabled community because it paints all those who suffer from mental disorders with the same broad brush … It assumes that simply because an individual suffers from a mental condition, that individual is unfit to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights.” said Republican House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte.
I rarely agree with any Republicans these days, but he hit the nail on the head with that one. It sets a precedent for some committee to have the power to decide which mental illnesses, which disabilities, should be red flagged and what determines “severe.” It has the power to reinforce negative and incorrect stereotypes that the Disability Community has been fighting for decades to end. The Independent Living Movement is already being set back by the moves to repeal the protections in the ACA (Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act), and those who want to repeal the protections of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) and IDEA (Disability Education Act, I forget the full name of it right now, sorry).
[End my comment from the FB thread]
So that really sums up most of my thoughts on it for now. I could really go on all day about it, but I’ll keep it to that. I’m interested in your thoughts.
On Thursday the GOP-controlled House voted to overturn an Obama administration rule designed to keep firearms out of the hands of some people deemed mentally ill.