Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I Wondered How Long It Would Take...

before the gun grabbers would come after me.  Didn't take as long as I thought it would.

I have been reading about the plan to have the Social Security Administration share information with the government so they know who to allow to own a gun and who to ban from owning a gun.  I am not going to take the time to cite references.  Google "Social Security gun grab."

Before going any further, let me make one thing crystal clear.  There are those who consider Social Security an entitlement.  I do not.  Every paycheck I received from age 15 on had money for Social Security deducted from it.  My generation was told of the benefits of these deductions.  We were told that at the end of our working life we would have this money available for our retirement...to keep us from starving in our old age.  To help keep us off of the welfare rolls.  You might ask why some of us didn't save for retirement.  That is a fair question.  Many of us were unable to save.  Many of us could not afford the education for higher paying jobs.  Many of us needed every dime of our take home pay just to survive.  We needed it to feed our families.  We needed it for the ever increasing cost of living that always seemed to outrun pay raises.  We needed it to take care of ourselves and our children without relying on welfare, for my generation considered it shameful to beg for a handout.  There just plain was no money left at the end of the month to put into savings.  We believed what our government told us about Social Security.

That being said, I now find that Social Security has the potential to be used against me.  This, really, is nothing new.  Every now and then some politicians use the threat of cutting Social Security in order to get what they want in Congress.  I have heard presidential speeches, particularly the last six years or so, in which statements are made to the effect that it would be a shame to have to make cuts to Senior Citizen's Social Security checks, but unless our resident tyrant gets his way, that may very well happen.  I doubt that Congress would allow that to happen, but this president is sneaky.  He has that phone and that pen and he isn't afraid to use them.

So now instead of threatening the Gray Hair Brigade, he is trying to use Social Security to disarm us.  The plan is for the Social Security Administration to report which of us need help with our finances.  There is a laundry list of other things the government wants to know, but this particular criteria is the one that could affect me.

I have, as have many like me, added one of my children to my bank account.  There are two reasons for this.  The first is to insure that even if I am ill or housebound as I was over the past winter and spring, there is a trusted family member who can physically go to the bank for me should the need arise, and take care of whatever business needs to be transacted.  The second is that I am on the downward slope of life.  When I die I want my children to have access to whatever is in my bank account to divide between them and to pay any outstanding bills.

So now I find that this act of convenience for me and my children has the probability of being used as proof that I am incapable of managing my own finances.  That I need help to do so, when nothing could be further from the truth.  I keep track of my own money.  I balance my own checkbook.  I spend or save my money as I please.  And now this decision of convenience can be used to make sure that I am left with no way to defend myself or my property.

I fully understand that putting a loaded gun in the hands of an elderly person with dementia is not a good thing.  And I understand that there are other circumstances where gun ownership by Seniors would pose a danger not only to others, but to themselves as well.  But for those of us who are still fully functioning citizens of a certain age, the notion that we should be deprived of our Second Amendment rights is ludicrous.

Our government officials seem to have forgotten one thing though.  And I call upon all geezers who are still upright, taking nourishment and still have their senses about them to remember, as my Daddy used to say:

"There's more than one way to skin a cat."


  1. It was deducted and it wasn't optional....

    But they'll certainly try and screw SS folks in order to put more free loading ungrateful welfare people on the payout roll, just to increase the democrat voters.

  2. Its a threat to get us "old Timers" to vote for Hillary..LOl Biggest lie in the world is "I.m from the Government and I'm here to help.

    Pick on the old folks as everything else has failed.....stay turned for further bull shit from D.C.

  3. Matt...You are 100 % correct. We had no choice in the matter. I can only speak for myself, but I never minded that money being deducted from my pay. For many of us, Social Security was our retirement plan. Work hard, and there is a reward at the end of a lifetime of labor. What gets me is that they use the threat of losing SS to further their own agendas. And they use it to try to take away even more of our rights. And you can't even shame politicians. No conscience - no shame.

  4. Rob...Time to get out the hip waders. The bs has gotten that deep.

    Politicians have no problem whatsoever throwing grandpa under the bus if it means they can get what they want. But they forget one thing. For people like me with geezer status, this is not our first rodeo. We are old enough to really remember what freedom was like. And we do not give up all that easily. And we are crafty. And we can get mean. We have very little to lose any more. Which is probably why they want our guns. They should be very afraid.

  5. Vicki, well said. I'm a senior too, and I'm just as functional and responsible as I ever was. If I reach a point where I am not, my wife and I will transfer power of attorney to my son and daughter so they can handle our affairs.

    I have been following this social security charade, and even MSM makes it clear it's about limiting gun ownership, not about the capabilities of senior citizens. It's Obama doing his normal thief in the night gig.

  6. Harry...I see it as typical behavior of a coward and a bully. Go after the most vulnerable of society. And you are spot on - it has nothing to do with an elderly person's ability to manage their own affairs, and everything to do with the agenda of the left to grab every gun they can. Gun owners must scare the hell out of them for them to go to such great lengths to try to remove guns from law abiding citizens.

    I know a number of oldies like myself who will not comply quietly. Or at all, for that matter. From what I can see, gun owners are the only thing standing between the general population and tyranny.