What Republicans Just Did May Lead To a Massacre Near You
On Thursday, Congressional Republicans voted to repeal an Obama administration initiative designed to keep mentally ill people from buying guns.
President Obama pushed the measure following the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Social Security Administration finalized the rule in December.
Republicans and the National Rifle Association blasted the initiative as “unconstitutional gun-grabbing.” Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) introduced legislation to block the rule last year.
According to The Huffington Post, the House of Representatives voted, along partisan lines, to stop the Social Security Administration from telling the FBI about disability insurance recipients who have mental impairments that should disqualify them from buying guns.
“We need to protect rights of all Americans, including individuals with [mental] disabilities,” Johnson said then, referring to Second Amendment rights.
Now that it has passed the House, Johnson’s bill will head to the Senate before it can reach President Donald Trump’s desk.
In a statement released after the vote, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence condemned the GOP vote:
“Repealing this rule weakens and undermines the Brady background check system that has blocked more than three million gun sales to dangerous people since 1994.”
The National Riffle Association and gun enthusiasts applauded Thursday’s vote.