Did Sen. Chris Murphy Blame Urban Gun Violence On The Mentally Ill?

posted on March 2, 2017

With MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Tuesday evening, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., reacted to President Donald Trump’s signing of legislation restoring Second Amendment rights to tens of thousands of disabled recipients of Social Security benefits: 

“How can you come before the U.S. Congress and talk about your concern for murders that are happening in our cities, or the incident that happened in Kansas City, and then sign an act into law that allows for people with serious mental illness to obtain assault weapons, right?” 

Never mind mistaking Olathe, Kan., for Kansas City, Mo.: The ACLU, together with multiple disability and mental illness advocacy organizations, joined NRA in opposing the Obama-era regulation for stigmatizing Americans with “serious mental illness,” such as eating or anxiety disorders. SSA flagged anyone who designated a representative payee to help them with their finances, labeling them “mentally defective” without going through a court of law.

Comingling 70,000 disabled Americans with drug-fueled gangbangers in U.S. cities is an appalling political ploy by Murphy. How was stripping constitutional rights from the disabled supposed to reduce the ongoing carnage in cities such as Chicago?

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