John Cornyn introduced an amendment to Feinstein’s scary black weapons ban that would exempt veterans from the ban like it does for law enforcement. Feinstein responded that PTS would preclude the possibility of that;
The problem with expanding this is that, you know, with the advent of PTSD, which I think is a new phenomenon as a product of the Iraq War, it’s not clear how the seller or transfer of a firearm covered by this bill would verify that an individual was a member or veteran and there was no impairment of that individual with respect to having a weapon like this.
I think we have to – if you’re going to do this, find a way that veterans who are incapacitated for one reason or another mentally, don’t have access to this kind of weapon.
Maybe in Fenstein’s life PTS is new phenomenon, but the rest of us have been aware of it since the Civil War. Of course, Feinstein’s whole problem is that she didn’t think. I’m guessing that it’s new to her because she has never paid attention to events going on around her. And she took the opportunity to blame Bush for this “new phenomenon”.
The whole rest of the planet knows how a gun dealer would verify a veteran’s qualification for the exemption, except Feinstein. There are veterans with PTS in Afghanistan today who suffer from PTS and they’re walking around with their scary black rifles and doing their job. We could mention the fact that soldiers with PTS don’t often use those guns to harm themselves or others. Well, except in the media circus.
As Senator Cornyn points out in the video, veterans with mental problems are already excluded from gun purchases, anyway. But Feinstein doesn’t know that because it doesn’t much interest her that laws are already in effect in that regard, because she’s in too much of a hurry to “do something”. And, oh, by the way, it was the military that trained the police back in the 80s.
Thanks to Andy & Richard for the links.