The New York Times Freaks Out Over Rolling Back Social Security Overreach

posted on February 8, 2017

On Tuesday, a New York Times editorial excoriated the U.S. House for voting to roll back a last-minute Obama Social Security Administration plan to add 75,000 citizens to the list barring them from buying a gun. SSA planned to flag citizens asking for assistance to help them manage their affairs as “mentally defective,” denying them a Constitutional right without going through a court. 

The Times wrote that NRA “want(s) to make it easier for those with schizophrenia, psychotic disorders and other mental health problems to buy guns”—an appalling misrepresentation. The severely mentally ill are already barred from gun ownership; the SSA action would have mislabeled tens of thousands of Americans in a blatant effort to reduce gun ownership. 

In an excellent article, A1F.org contributor Charles C.W. Cooke counters this media hyperventilation. He also explains why the ACLU, the American Association of People with Disabilities, ARC, ADAPT and scores of other civil and disability rights organizations wanted the SSA overruled. But in the Times’ view, no rights are safe when there’s a chance to constrict the Second Amendment.

Latest

U.S. Capitol building
U.S. Capitol building

Murder Capital USA

Those aligned with Biden’s policies have failed in their basic duty to keep Americans safe. This is painfully evident in our nation’s capital.

These Gun Owners Say Good Things About Our Future

Women are embracing their Second Amendment rights like never before. Whatever their motivations, it’s worth looking at the impact this demographic change might portend.

The Biggest Legislative Wins So Far in 2024

The NRA fights not only in Congress, but throughout state legislatures across to nation. Here are some notable wins from this year alone.

From the Editor | Why I Am Buying A Bigger Flag For Independence Day

On Independence Day, we celebrate our unique and critical freedom. The fireworks, flags and more all bring the Second Amendment to life on the promise of individual liberty.

Why the U.S. Supreme Court Stopped an ATF Bump-Stock Ban

In what amounts to a victory for the rule of law, the Supreme Court ruled that the Congress writes federal law, not the bureaucracy.

Standing Guard | The NRA Is Back

The NRA is back. That is the first thing I want to say to you as your association’s new executive vice president and CEO.



Get the best of America's 1st Freedom delivered to your inbox.