August 5, 2019
CNN reportedly claimed that President Trump ended a rule to keep guns away from the “mentally ill.”
The Daily Wire reports the claim was made by anchors Poppy Harlow and John Avlon, who suggested Trump “eliminated a proposed Obama-era regulation that would keep firearms out of the hands of the ‘mentally ill.’”
Trump actually repealed an Obama-era regulation–aka, the Social Security Gun Ban–which threatened Social Security recipients with forfeiture of their Second Amendment rights if they needed third party help with their finances. Breitbart News reported that Trump signed the repeal of the ban on February 28, 2017. Establishment media outlets like NBC News immediately framed it as an open door for the mentally ill to purchase guns, and CNN reportedly offered a similar description following the Texas and Ohio shootings.
The DC Examiner’s John Caruso tweeted:
My God, @PoppyHarlowCNN just repeated the lie that the Trump administration "rolled back" Obama administration rules that kept guns out of the hands of the "mentally ill." This is such poor journalism on her part. The regulation had nothing to do with "mental illness" and
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) August 5, 2019
This article was posted: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 2:29 am