Veterans Disarmament Bill
Could Come Before the Senate at Any Time
Gun Owners of America (GOA) provides Senators
with several pro-gun amendments
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The Senate could
bring up the Veterans Disarmament Bill at any time, as a
result of its passage in the Judiciary Committee a few weeks
ago. The bill—introduced by F-rated Representative Carolyn
McCarthy and Senator Patrick Leahy—is ready to come to the
Gun Owners of
America delivered draft amendments to every Senate office
yesterday, providing important changes that must be made to
the bill. Among others, the most important amendment would
make it clear that veterans suffering from PTSD are NOT
prohibited persons, and thus, are not to be denied the ability
to purchase a firearm simply because of emotional problems
resulting from their service to this country.
The Military Order
of the Purple Heart is opposed to the McCarthy-Leahy bill,
having stated on June 18 of this year, that "For the first
time the legislation, if enacted, would statutorily impose a
lifetime gun ban on battle-scarred veterans."
are justifiably concerned that this bill will legitimize the
very thing that President Clinton did over seven years ago,
when his administration added 83,000 names of
veterans—suffering from maladies such as PTSD—into the NICS
background check system.
Proponents of the
bill argue that this bill gives veterans a mechanism for
getting their names off of the prohibited person list. That's
like giving a mugger access to your home, but then stating you
can hire a lawyer and pay THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of dollars
to eventually (maybe) get your stolen items back.
If the proponents
are right—that this bill will actually help gun owners—then
surely they won't object to friendly amendments that are
designed to make it unmistakably clear that military veterans
or grownups who suffered with ADHD as children will never be
denied the ability to purchase a firearm, simply because they
once had a "determination" from an anti-gun shrink that said
there was the MINISCULE possibility that they could pose a
danger to themselves or others.
You can be sure
that if the McCarthy-Leahy bill passes, it will just be a
first step. Consider some of the bigoted statements made by
celebrities and politicians which not only show their contempt
for gun owners but their pompous thinking which leads them to
believe that we are all crazy for wanting to own a gun:
"I don't know
that he's mentally qualified to own that gun."—Democrat
Presidential candidate Joe Biden, insulting a YouTube viewer
during a debate after the man referred to his semi-auto as his
"baby." (July 25, 2007).
"Isn't it possible
that we all have that bit of insanity in us? That's why I'm
for gun control . . . I don't really believe that a human
being who feels [things] should have the option [that is,
access to a gun] at their fingertips."—Actress Jodie Foster,
quoted in a Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence press
release (August 20, 2007).
And then there're
the studies which will be, no doubt, used by liberal
anti-gunners to strip away the gun rights from more and more
law-abiding citizens, using the pretext that a shrink's
diagnosis proves these people shouldn't own guns:
"A quarter of the
Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans treated with U.S.
government-funded health care have been diagnosed with a
mental disorder, according to a study published Monday."—AFP
news (March 12, 2007).
"The number of
American children and adolescents treated for bipolar disorder
increased 40-fold from 1994 to 2003, researchers report today
in the most comprehensive study of the controversial
diagnosis. Experts say the number has almost certainly risen
further since 2003."—New York Times (September 4, 2007).
Even before the
studies started rolling in, gun haters were already working
the legal loopholes as best they could. When the Veterans
Administration got caught adding veterans' names into the NICS
system during the Clinton presidency, they defended their
actions by saying it was "required by law"—a statement which
was just flat out false.
But it's notable to
hear what a spokesman for the VA said in an interview with
World Net Daily on June 27, 2000. He said the most common way
of finding a veteran "incompetent" is when he or she receives
a formal rating of incompetence from a VA panel of medical
representatives or from "a duly authorized VA medical center,
government agency, or even a PRIVATE PHYSICIAN." (Emphasis
That's what HR 2640
is all about. McCarthy and Leahy (and others like Senator
Chuck Schumer) are forging the legal chains that will be used
to keep hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of decent,
law-abiding Americans from owning guns . . . not because of
what a court rules, but because of what ONE INDIVIDUAL says.
Over two hundred
years ago, Patrick Henry warned about the "chains" that were
being forged to enslave them. If he were here today, would he
not warn us again?
are many of you who are sounding the alarm. State groups from
all over the nation are pumping out alerts to supplement what
GOA is doing at the national level. Just yesterday, the New
Hampshire Firearms Coalition (NHFC) called its members to
action, stating that HR 2640 is a Trojan Horse, which sounds
justified on the outside with promises of keeping "mental
defectives" from having firearms. But when one takes a closer
look at the details of the bill, the group said, it reveals "a
huge expansion in those who will become a prohibited person;
an expansion that could potentially include most Americans."
In addition to
pointing out how many shrinks could prohibit average Americans
from owning guns, NHFC points out that many pediatricians
could make similar anti-gun "determinations" (using the
language of the bill) to disarm their patients—since after
all, these docs believe that "any household with firearms is
'dangerous,' even if they are properly stored."
1) Stay informed:
GOA has a mammoth section on it’s website which both gives the
specifics of the Veterans Disarmament Act and answers the
claims made by supporters of the bill. Please go to
http://www.gunowners.org/netb.htm to get more information,
including the proposed GOA amendments that were delivered to
each Senator on Tuesday.
2) Alert others:
Forward this alert to pro-gun friends and family and ask them
to take action as well.
Please contact your Senators, even if you have already done
so. You can use the pre-written message below and send it as
an e-mail by visiting the GOA Legislative Action Center at
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm (where phone and fax
numbers are also available).
I oppose the Veterans Disarmament Act, which is being pushed
by Representative Carolyn McCarthy (HR 2640) and Sen. Patrick
Leahy. This bill will expand the 1993 Brady Law and disarm
hundreds of thousands of combat veterans, among others.
I understand that
Gun Owners of America (GOA) distributed several amendments
recently to every senatorial office to address the mistaken
arguments that supporters of the bill have. I also understand
that proponents of this bill are claiming it will actually
help gun owners.
They argue that
this bill gives veterans a mechanism for getting their names
off of the prohibited person list. That's like giving a mugger
access to your home, but then stating you can hire a lawyer
and pay thousands upon thousands of dollars to eventually
(maybe) get your stolen items back.
Well, if the
proponents are right—that this bill will actually help gun
owners--then surely they won't object to friendly amendments
that are designed to make it unmistakably clear that military
veterans or grownups who suffered with ADHD as children will
never be denied the ability to purchase a firearm, simply
because they once had a "determination" from an anti-gun
shrink that said there was the MINISCULE possibility that they
could pose a danger to themselves or others. That is what the
GOA amendments are designed to do.
I still believe
that the Brady Law has done more to register gun owners and
deny guns from of law-abiding Americans than to keep guns out
of criminals' hands. But adopting these amendments will at
least prevent an anti-gun administration from doing what the
Clintons did in 2000 when the Veterans Administration added
the names of some 83,000 veterans into the NICS system.
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