It’s Now Easier for Mentally Ill People to Purchase Weapons

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Thousands of Americans with mental illness could buy guns after Trump strikes down Obama's rule against it (Getty) DELRAY BEACH, FL - JANUARY 05: A customer shops for a handgun at the K&W Gunworks store on the day that U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, DC announced his executive action on guns on January 5, 2016 in Delray Beach, Florida. President Obama announced several measures that he says are intended to advance his gun safety agenda. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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In all this talk about what Donald Trump has not been able to achieve in his infamous 100 days, we overlook what he did get done. Well if you didn’t already know, Donald Trump signed a resolution that blocks a rule imposed by the Obama administration that prevented mentally ill people from buying guns. Since its implementation, the rule blocked around 75,000 purchases of weapons by those deemed mentally unfit to be carrying them.

The rule was put into place after Sandy Hook tragedy, where elementary students and their teachers lost their lives in a mass shooting by 20-year, Adam Lanza, who suffered from mental health issues. Lanza was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder which led him to first shoot his mother and then march to the school where she taught. At the school, Lanza managed to shoot 20 students between the ages 6-7years old and six of their teachers before shooting himself.

The tragic incident went down as the worst shooting in the history of the US until the Pulse nightclub shooting. The Obama administration responded by introducing the rule, enforced more stringent background checks and placed bans on semi-automatic weapons that could limit the chances of such attacks from taking place.

The new rule demanded Social Security Administration share the list of beneficiaries that suffered from mental illnesses and needed third-party individuals to manage their weapons.

The rule was met with harsh criticism from the Republican Party, the National Rifle Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union. They claimed that the new rule branded those that suffered from mental conditions and infringed upon their rights to bear arms as a citizen of the USA.

Those that disagreed with the rule and wanted it to be repealed like Senator Charles Grassley, said that the regulations consist of “vague characteristics that do not fit into the federal mentally defective standard” and bans them from bearing arms and availing their constitutional rights.

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