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By Larry Pratt
September 22, 2007
This is exactly what President Bill Clinton did over seven years ago when his administration illegitimately added some 83,000 veterans into the National Criminal Information System (NICS system) -- prohibiting them from purchasing firearms, simply because of afflictions like PTSD.If members of Congress do not hear from soldiers (active duty and retired) in large numbers, along with the rest of the public, the Veterans Disarmament Act -- misleadingly titled by Rep. McCarthy as the NICS Improvement Amendments Act -- will send this message to veterans: "No good deed goes unpunished."
Just whom do they think will be holding the hose which waters the tree of liberty?
Seriously, PTSD is something that can happen to ANYONE who suffers traumatic stress--car accidents, terrorist attacks, a bomb threat at school or work, a house fire. It is attributed to service members because the name PTSD replaced the "shell shock" and "battle fatigue" and "Delayed Stress Syndrome" monikers that were first diagnosed in that population.
If this passes, others could eventually be brought in--civilians, that is. But this bill seeks to target veterans with diagnosed PTSD, even though it manifests itself in many ways, many, if not most, are non-violent manifestations. No legal process is identified, either. No judge or jury will decide your fitness, instead, a psychiatrist will decide if you have PTSD, and once diagnosed, your gun rights are forever gone. There will be a way, a process, a bureaucracy, to get the gummint to recognize your "unabridged rights," but they 'll figure that out later, after they take the guns.
It will however, have some positive effects: many veterans will never seek psychological help, for fear that they will lose their rights to keep and bear arms. I imagine this would also apply to currently serving soldiers who seek help. Further, as these claims will never be filed, the frequency of disability payments will lessen, and fewer and fewer people will claim to have PTSD, and therefore it will be "cured" through legislation.
Assuming that it does pass, anyone with PTSD would be grouped into the criminally insane/not guilty by reason of insanity crowd. That's why they couldn't own a gun. The difference, of course, is that the first population is being legislated upon and stripped of their rights by a shrink because of what they might do; whereas the latter groups are being stripped of their rights--by a Judge/Jury and Due Process--for what they have done.
This is tantamount to the gummint deciding that a person with pst traumatic stress disorder is incapable of deciding right from wrong, and/or controlling themselves.
This. Is. Awesome.
It means that the gummint will have to provide me with bodyguards, because they will not allow me to defend myself; they will have to provide top-of-the-line security systems for my house (at least as good as what Hillarity and Ubama have at their humble abodes) because I am unable to defend my home and family.
It also means that no matter what I do in life, from jaywalking to mass-murder, has already been exempted by the gummint, who declared that I already cannot tell right from wrong! They will prejudge me, which is my "get out of federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison free" card.
Why have they decided it is okay to discriminate against this minority population of people who defend our country and suffer from unseen wounds, and the same people will bend over backwards to give amnesty to illegal aliens? When did the rights of a veteran to privacy, patient-doctor confidentiality, due process, and constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms become fair game to these people?
Too bad there isn't an organization chomping at the bit to defend the civil liberties of Americans, since this would so clearly violate them.
By the way, I wonder how many first responders from NYFC suffer from PTSD after 9/11? Too bad they won't be allowed to carry/own guns either...