Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mental Health and Gun Control

The following article appeared in the American Thinker on February 19th

Never mind that the FBI failed to heed and follow up on repeated and explicit warnings about Nikolas Cruz before his shooting rampage in Parkland, Florida.  Never mind the FBI was too busy chasing phantom Russian collusion to locate a future killer that any nerd living in his parents' basement could have located with ease.  According to mental health professional Jimmy Kimmel, Trump made Parkland happen by rescinding Obama administration regulations barring the mentally ill from getting guns:

Kimmel kept addressing Trump by adding that politicians and the president like to say that mass shootings are a mental health issue.  He then said that one of the first acts of Trump's presidency was to roll back a regulation designed to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill.

"Your party voted to repeal the mandates on coverage for mental health," Kimmel said.  "So I agree, this is a mental illness issue because if you don't think we need to do something about it, you are obviously mentally ill."

What in fact happened is that President Trump and the Republican Congress removed regulations not designed to protect the public, but intended to disarm innocent and law-abiding senior citizens based on the assumption that if they need help handling their finances, they must be dangerous and must be disarmed.  When was the last time Grandpa shot up his nursing home?

The reality is somewhat different from Kimmel's slanderous falsehood.  As Snopes reports:

In the wake of a horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead in February 2018, media renewed focus on an Obama-era regulation repealed in the early months of the Trump administration.  That rule would have given the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which is used for gun sales, access to Social Security Administration data including the names of individuals receiving certain federal mental health benefits.

As we explained in a 17 February 2017 post, this rule – which never went into effect before being rescinded – did not change any existing laws regulating who is allowed to purchase guns. It merely would have provided a new way to enforce existing restrictions on gun sales by allowing a transfer of information from one agency to another.  There are now, and have been for some time, laws that seek to limit gun sales to anyone "who has been adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution" per Title 18 section 922(g) of the United States Code[."]

Kimmel has advanced this canard about Donald Trump, mental health, and guns before, most notably after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.  In fact, there  was a delicious sense of irony in gun control advocate Kimmel beefing up his armed security after the Las Vegas shooting, falsely claiming that President Trump had made it easier for the mentally ill to get guns.  Guns are okay to protect the liberal elites but not for the rest of us, who can't be trusted or don't know any better.

(Article continues HERE)

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