President Obama goes after those on Social Security with 21st century ‘Poll Tax’ to own a gun

In the beginning of America’s history, voting rights were initially restricted to landowners and those able to afford to pay a ‘poll tax’.  This of course kept many legitimate Americans from being able to vote and left elections only in the hands of those who were considered both productive, and who had a stake in protecting their own property rights.

It wasn’t until the 20th century when the 24th Amendment was passed that eliminated poll taxes, and opened the door for all Americans over the age of 18 to be allowed to vote.

But for President Obama, many Democrats, and a whole slew of liberals, one of their most important agendas is for draconian gun control and the removal of firearms from the hands of the citizens.  And where before the Supreme Court trumped un-Constitutional laws in locations like Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C., the Obama administration is once again trying to a new tactic, only this one involves a new 21st century form of a ‘poll tax’ dedicated towards those Americans who are disabled, veterans, and those on the government dole receiving benefits such as social security.

Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others.

The push is intended to bring the Social Security Administration in line with laws regulating who gets reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, which is used to prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts, immigrants in the country illegally and others.

A potentially large group within Social Security are people who, in the language of federal gun laws, are unable to manage their own affairs due to “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease.”

There is no simple way to identify that group, but a strategy used by the Department of Veterans Affairs since the creation of the background check system is reporting anyone who has been declared incompetent to manage pension or disability payments and assigned a fiduciary.

If Social Security, which has never participated in the background check system, uses the same standard as the VA, millions of its beneficiaries would be affected. About 4.2 million adults receive monthly benefits that are managed by “representative payees.” – Los Angeles Times

So, if someone is on Social Security, receives benefits for disability, or is a veteran with a history of visits to the V.A. hospital, you are now being considered incompetent and thus ineligible to own a firearm because your livelihood requires the government to sustain you.  And in essence, your financial status is now being considered as a poll tax to determine if you are to be allowed to own a gun.


Since not only the Supreme Court, but the Constitution’s Bill of Rights as well, promises all citizens the right to bear arms, this attempt to restrict millions of rightful Americans from owning a gun, and expressing their 2nd Amendment rights on the spurious notion that they are ‘financially incompetent’ goes beyond the pale, and is one of the most desperate attempts in history for a group to impose their agenda of gun control.  And in an era where everything is considered offensive, discriminatory, or checked through a filter of political correctness, there is no way around it that this move by President Obama is not only discrimination, but the same form of bigotry used to keep blacks and women from voting back in the 18th and 19th centuries because they were also considered to be ‘financially incompetent’.

Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for,, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.

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