March 1, 2013
Jeffrey Schrader, a Vietnam War veteran, had his Second Amendment right to own a firearm stripped in 2008 by the government.
Schrader’s crime? He was arrested for participating in a fist fight and was charged with a misdemeanor in 1968.
Schrader owned and sold firearms for over forty years before the feds decided he presented a risk to society and shut down his Second Amendment.
"They contacted me and told me. The ATF officer was apologetic about it. He said, ‘I couldn’t believe this. I looked into everything trying to figure this out because it doesn’t make any sense.’ He says, ‘I’m sorry to have to tell you this but you can’t have any guns,’" Schrader told Fox 5 in Atlanta.
“You don’t have the right and they treat you just like a felon," Schrader said.
In addition to ancient misdeamnorr charges, the government is attempting to deny veterans their Second Amendment rights if the Veterans Affairs Department decides they are mentally incompetent.
“A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition,” the VA letter states. “If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions, you may be fined, imprisoned, or both pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Pub.L.No. 103-159, as implemented at 18, United States Code 924(a)(2).”
In 2007, HR 2640 was introduced by notorious Democrat gun grabbers Carolyn McCarthy and Patrick Leahy.
“Anyone who is diagnosed as being a tiny danger to himself or others would have his gun rights taken away … forever. It is section 102(b)(1)(C)(iv) in HR 2640 that provides for dumping raw medical records into the system,” Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, remarked after the bill was made public. “Forget the fact that people with PTSD have the same violent crime rate as the rest of us. Vietnam vets with PTSD have had careers and obtained permits to carry firearms concealed. It will now be enough for a psychiatric diagnosis (a ‘determination’ in the language of the bill) to get a veteran barred — for life — from owning guns”
On June 13, 2007, the bill passed in the House and on December 19, 2007, the Senate version was passed.
Obama’s recommendations on “gun violence” released in January propose tightening up and expanding the “relevant records” contained in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Agencies involved in the effort include the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration, and the Defense Department.
More veterans and plenty of other Americans deemed incompetent by the government will undoubtedly have their Second Amendment rights stripped in the near future.