December 3, 2012
Prior to the anti-Second Amendment commentary of Bob Costas and Kansas City sports writer Jason Whitlock (who compared the NRA to the KKK), notorious gun-grabber Charles Schumer made a move in the Senate to deny veterans the right to own firearms.
Schumer raised a stink last week after Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., prepared to amend a $631 billion defense bill and prevent the Veterans Affairs Department from adding the names of veterans the government designates as mentally incompetent and unable to handle their finances into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. The system effectively shuts down their Second Amendment right to own a firearm.
“I love our veterans, I vote for them all the time. They defend us,” Schumer said. “If you are a veteran or not and you have been judged to be mentally infirm, you should not have a gun.”
Dan Gross, president of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said that if the government deems you “unable to handle your own affairs, that’s likely to constitute a high percentage of people who are dangerously mentally ill.”
For Gross, Schumer and the VA, “infirm” not only applies to people who suffer from schizophrenia, but also from post-traumatic stress disorder. In recent years, the gun-grabbers have used PTSD as an excuse to deny gun rights to veterans.
“PTSD is only the beginning,” we warned in June. “There are any number of medical conditions the government will ultimately cite in order to restrict gun ownership.”
“We consider it an abject tragedy that so many of our veterans return home, after risking life and limb to defend our freedom, only to be stripped of their Second Amendment rights because they need help managing their compensation,” Chris Cox of the NRA said last year.
“We want to remove these stigmas for mental health treatment. It’s a combat injury,” said Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, in response to the move by Sen. Schumer. “They wouldn’t be doing this if you were missing your right hand, so they shouldn’t be doing it if you’re seeking treatment for post-traumatic-stress-disorder or traumatic brain injury.”
In June, we wrote about how Obamacare will ultimately centralize medical records and “allow the FBI to troll a list of Americans for ailments such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to deny them their gun rights, in the same way that the Veterans Administration has already denied more than 150,000 veterans their right to bear arms,” according to Gun Owners of America.
The corporate media is cranking up the anti-gun propaganda machine in the wake of the tragic murder-suicide of NFL linebacker Jovan Belcher.
Ashley Fantz, writing for the military psy op CNN, quotes Dr. Scott Eliason who says that a “middle-aged man who is recently separated or facing pending estrangement from an intimate partner and who is depressed and has access to firearms” potentially poses a serious threat. In addition, “an older male who is the primary caregiver for a spouse who is ill or debilitated, where there is a recent onset of new illness in the male, depression and access to firearms” may commit murder.
Considering the government’s inevitable mission creep (especially in regard to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights) it is entirely possible “at risk” middle age non-veterans may also have their firearms ownership either denied or their firearms confiscated following the implementation of Obamacare and its sprawling database.
The antipathy of Democrats toward the right to own firearms is legendary and Obama now believes he has a mandate to attack the Constitution under the cover of Obamacare (as he previously attacked it under the mission to fight terrorism, as did his predecessor).
“The ObamaCare bill already contains language that will punish Americans who engage in unhealthy behavior by allowing insurers to charge them higher insurance premiums. (What constitutes an unhealthy lifestyle is, of course, to be defined by legislators.),” Gun Owners of America writes. “Don’t be surprised if an anti-gun nut like [noted gun-grabber and HHS boss Kathleen Sebelius] uses this line of thinking to impose ObamaCare policies which result in a back-door gun ban on any American who owns ‘dangerous’ firearms.”