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."