Gun violence in America, like the Star-Spangled Banner before a football game, seems like an everyday occasion. Maybe that’s why the House voted yesterday to rid the country of the pesky rule that mentally ill folks cannot purchase firearms. Guns are as American as apple pie, and Republicans aim to keep it that way.
The House voted to repeal the Obama-era regulation requiring the Social Security Administration to disclose, to the national gun background check system, information about people with mental illness. The vote to repeal was 235-180.
Some feel the law allows the Social Security Administration to overstep their mission. Americans with disabilities who received benefits were being discriminated against, said those who stood against the law.
Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tex), who is chair of the Ways and Means Committee, said “The agency should be focused on the service of all the beneficiaries, not picking and choosing whose Second Amendment rights to deny.”
The argument against rolling back the law concerned the nation’s growing gun violence. “The American people and the families that are being hurt day after day by gun violence…they deserve some due process too, said Rep. Lloyd Doggett a Texas Democrat.
The law seeking to limit the ability of the mentally ill to purchase firearms has drew criticism from gun advocates for casting to wide of a net and not providing due process. The American Civil Liberties Union also agreed that the law’s range went too far.
The measure, backed by the National Rifle Association is expected to pass the Senate.