Obama's Deputized Doctors to Label Veterans as Mentally Unfit to Own a Gun
By Dick Brauer,Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
Dear Fellow Americans:
Our veterans put it all on the line to protect our Constitution – but if President Obama and his gun-grabbing allies get their way, they will be among the first to see their Constitutional rights limited.
It sounds too insulting and ridiculous to be true. But the danger is very real.
In fact, thanks to executive actions that are already in effect, more than 150,000 veterans have had their names added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (or NICS, as it's commonly called).
Did these veterans brandish a weapon at someone? Did they commit a gun-related crime? Were they seen in some public forum swearing violent intent? No!
These are patriots who, for some reason or another, had to have their finances handled by someone else as they sought help after serving our nation. The Veteran's Administration – and the higher-ups who determine Administrative rules – decided that this was enough to strip veterans of their God-given rights to self protection.
Trusted to DEFEND our Country and our Liberty abroad DENIED the Right to DEFEND their Home
Now, the President is ushering in a new era of information sharing between federal agencies and directing Eric Holder to re-evaluate who he determines to be "mentally defective" and what information needs to be shared with NICS to block those people.
This opens the door to – and virtually guarantees – a wider definition of who is unfit to own a gun as declared by Barack Obama and his cronies.
It's a little-known fact that about 30% of returning soldiers are diagnosed with PTSD. These brave men and women, mentally scarred from their service to our country, deserve nothing less than our unwavering support.
Instead, they are now in the crosshairs of the gun control lobby. With the VA's existing massive information sharing with NICS, we already have a precedent for large-scale revocation of veteran's rights. All it takes is for one of Eric Holder's decrees to include PTSD, and suddenly one of the most passionate, patriotic segments of Americans will be labeled a danger to society.
EDITORS NOTE: Not one single research study exists linking violent behavior with the diagnosis of PTSD. While, anger and agitation are common symptoms of PTSD, these feelings tend to be turned inward. PTSD, in itself, does not make a person violent towards others. http://www.policesuicidestudy.com/id13.html
Ask yourself: Do you really think that Obama crony-in-chief Eric Holder cares more about protecting the rights of our veterans than he does the Democrats' ideological efforts?
Neither do we.
Since the people in the U.S. government who are supposed to support our brave men and women at arms are clearly apathetic, it's up to the rest of the American people to stand up for them instead.
Our veterans have risked life and limb for existing and future generations of Americans. The last thing they need is an environment of fear and distrust back at home.
If the gun control liberals get their way, how many veterans do you think will avoid treatment for their PTSD instead of potentially having their rights taken away?
And, if we let this pass, how long will it be until that loose definition of "mentally sound as determined by Barack Obama and Eric Holder" increasingly includes more and more patriotic Americans?
If you look at actual gun crime statistics and the proposals by the Administration – not to mention how the NICS system currently blocks out millions of people who show no danger of committing violent crime, it seems like they care less about blocking violent criminals and more about widespread disarmament.
Every time they add some new criteria or decide that they need to "share more information" with NICS, hundreds of thousands more Americans get lumped in. This sneaky tactic has no place when it comes to our Constitutional rights. And, when it means they're effectively shadow-banning (I had never heard this term before- suggest "prohibiting" or "restricting") our veterans from purchasing guns, it's downright shameful.
Dick Brauer, Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
Co-founder, Special Operations Speaks