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Alyssa Milano, like many other celebrities, reacted to the horrendous news a gunman at a Las Vegas concert murdered 59 people and injured more than 500 more with calls for stricter gun control regulations.

Milano recently tweeted an NBC story published on Saturday that claimed, “Trump Signs Bill Revoking Obama-Era Gun Checks for People With Mental Illnesses”:

The NBC News story posited that the Trump administration repeal of the Obama-era rule would make it easier with those who have mental illnesses to access firearms:

President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun.

The rule, which was finalized in December, added people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database.

Had the rule fully taken effect, the Obama administration predicted it would have added about 75,000 names to that database.

That is certainly one interpretation. Another interpretation is that those who have been falsely stigmatized as having a “mental illness” would be deprived of Second Amendment rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution without due process.

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch pointed out the contradiction:

Loesch wasn't alone in pointing out how misleading the headline was:

This isn't the only time that due process rights for Americans were marginalized by the political left in a policy debate.

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos's removal of Obama-era campus rape accusation guidelines led to widespread condemnation, although the measure similarly only sought to protect the rights of the accused.

National crises, such as mass shootings and sexual assault, are extraordinarily sensitive issues; thus, they are opportunities to exploit Americans' emotions in order to push irrational agendas.

If a policy promotes the public good, it should be valid under all circumstances. It should be able to withstand the test of rational debate and balanced deliberation.

The frantic push to pass measures while the nation is mourning is nothing more than a sign that the argument for them is weak on the merits.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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