Newsweek reports that The American Legion opposes the Veterans’ Affairs policy which requires their employees to report veterans who have difficulty managing their financial affairs to the FBI so that the veterans are placed on the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) which negates the veteran’s ability to purchase a firearm.
The American Legion opposes this policy and seeks to rectify this injustice through passage of the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act which would prohibit VA officials from stripping veterans of their rights to own firearms while preserving the authority of magistrates and other judicial officials to protect the public.
Under the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act, if a judge fairly rules that a particular veteran represents a danger to society based on exhibited mental or criminal behavior, they are free to rule to restrict that veteran from owning firearms. It is clear that this decision should be made by the courts, not VA employees.
In another article in Newsweek, titled Guns in America: Bill Seeks to Allow Gun Sales to Mentally Ill Vets, they quote some of the opposition to the bill;
Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) said the bill was rushed to consideration on the House floor, and argued it would make it easier for veterans in crisis to purchase guns.
Representative Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) said he was “disgusted” by the legislation. He added: “I support veterans’ rights to defend themselves. But I don’t support crazy people having guns, whether they’re veterans or not. And it’s just that simple.”
Funny that an impeached judge would think he has a valid opinion about “crazy…veterans”, isn’t it? I wonder how Democrats would react if some government functionary could relieve them of their first amendment protections if they demonstrated crazy tendencies.
But, yeah, both the American Legion and the VFW are lobbying on our behalf in this instance, that’s why we need to support these organizations – even if you don’t like the local posts, the national organizations fight for us. We can’t depend on our former commanders to help us;
Earlier this week, 14 retired admirals and generals from all branches of the military sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to oppose the bill. Veterans, they argued, are at a higher risk of suicide compared to the U.S. civilian population: According to the Department of Defense’s 2014 Suicide Event Report, which was published last year, an average of 20 veterans commit suicide each day, two-thirds of whom do so by using a firearm. Among the retired officers signing the letter were General David Petraeus, a former CIA director, Admiral Thad Allen and Generals Michael Hayden and Stanley McChrystal.
The same people who sent troops into a war zone without weapons or ammo to be murdered by their allies are begging the government to take our guns away from us.
Thanks to TSO for the link.