Veterans Disarmament Act on its way to the President

“To me, this is the best Christmas present I could ever receive”

– Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), CBS News, December 20, 2007

Gun Owners Get Stabbed In The Back

Gun Owners of America | Dec 20, 2007

Gun Owners of America and its supporters took a knife in the back yesterday, as Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) out-smarted his congressional opposition into agreeing on a so-called “compromise” on HR 2640 — a bill which now goes to the President’s desk.

The bill — known as the Veterans Disarmament Act to its opponents — is being praised by the National Rifle Association and the Brady Campaign.

The Brady Bunch crowed “Victory! U.S. Congress Strengthens Brady Background Check System.” The NRA stated that last minute changes to the McCarthy bill made a “good bill even better [and that] the end product is a win for American gun owners.”

But Gun Owners of America has issued public statements decrying this legislation.

The core of the bill’s problems is section 101(c)(1)(C), which makes you a “prohibited person” on the basis of a “medical finding of disability,” so long as a veteran had an “opportunity” for some sort of “hearing” before some “lawful authority” (other than a court). Presumably, this “lawful authority” could even be the psychiatrist himself.

Note that unlike with an accused murderer, the hearing doesn’t have to occur. The “lawful authority” doesn’t have to be unbiased. The veteran is not necessarily entitled to an attorney — much less an attorney financed by the government.

So what do the proponents have to say about this?

ARGUMENT: The Veterans Disarmament Act creates new avenues for prohibited persons to seek restoration of their gun rights.

ANSWER: What the bill does is to lock in — statutorily — huge numbers of additional law-abiding Americans who will now be denied the right to own a firearm.

And then it “graciously” allows these newly disarmed Americans to spend tens of thousands of dollars for a long-shot chance to regain the gun rights this very bill takes away from them.

More to the point, what minimal gains were granted by the “right hand” are taken away by the “left.” Section 105 provides a process for some Americans diagnosed with so-called mental disabilities to get their rights restored in the state where they live. But then, in subsection (a)(2), the bill stipulates that such relief may occur only if “the person will not be likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety and that the GRANTING OF THE RELIEF WOULD NOT BE CONTRARY TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST.” (Emphasis added.)

Um, doesn’t this language sound similar to those state codes (like California’s) that have “may issue” concealed carry laws — where citizens “technically” have the right to carry, but state law only says that sheriffs MAY ISSUE them a permit to carry? When given such leeway, those sheriffs usually don’t grant the permits!

Prediction: liberal states — the same states that took these people’s rights away — will treat almost every person who has been illegitimately denied as a danger to society and claim that granting relief would be “contrary to the public interest.”

Let’s make one thing clear: the efforts begun during the Clinton Presidency to disarm battle-scarred veterans — promoted by the Brady Anti-Gun Campaign — is illegal and morally reprehensible.

But section 101(c)(1)(C) of HR 2640 would rubber-stamp those illegal actions. Over 140,000 law-abiding veterans would be statutorily barred from possessing firearms.

True, they can hire a lawyer and beg the agency that took their rights away to voluntarily give them back. But the agency doesn’t have to do anything but sit on its hands. And, after 365 days of inaction, guess what happens? The newly disarmed veteran can spend thousands of additional dollars to sue. And, as the plaintiff, the wrongly disarmed veteran has the burden of proof.

Language proposed by GOA would have automatically restored a veteran’s gun rights if the agency sat on its hands for a year. Unfortunately, the GOA amendment was not included.

The Veterans Disarmament Act passed the Senate and the House yesterday — both times WITHOUT A RECORDED VOTE. That is, the bill passed by Unanimous Consent, and was then transmitted to the White House.

Long-time GOA activists will remember that a similar “compromise” deal helped the original Brady Law get passed. In 1993, there were only two or three senators on the floor of that chamber who used a Unanimous Consent agreement (with no recorded vote) to send the Brady bill to President Clinton — at a time when most legislators had already left town for their Thanksgiving Break.

Gun owners can go here to read about how this betrayal occurred 14 years ago.

With your help, Gun Owners of America has done a yeoman’s job of fighting gun control over the years, considering the limited resources that we have. Together, we were able to buck the Brady Campaign/NRA coalition in 1999 (after the Columbine massacre) and were able to defeat the gun control that was proposed in the wake of that shooting.

Yesterday, we were not so lucky. But we are not going to go away. GOA wants to repeal the gun-free zones that disarm law-abiding Americans and repeal the other gun restrictions that are on the books. That is the answer to Virginia Tech. Unfortunately, the House and Senate chose the path of imposing more gun control.

So our appeal to you is this — please help us to grow this coming year. Please help us to get more members and activists. If you add $10 to your membership renewal this year, we can reach new gun owners in the mail and tell them about GOA.

Please urge your friends to join GOA… and, at the very least, make sure they sign up for our free e-mail alerts so that we can mobilize more gun owners than ever before!

11 responses to “Veterans Disarmament Act on its way to the President

  1. Unbelievable. I am a wounded veteran who was severely wounded in May of 2005. This is both disgusting and disheartening as I have been diagnosed with PSTD.

  2. Well, when you serve in the military, you are serving the New World Order, not America, but they never tell you that. Then when they are done screwing up your life they toss you away like used up cannon-fodder and take away your rights. I can’t count how many stories I have seen on vets getting kicked around by cops and government, or even shot dead for no reason. I recall the vet who was laying on the ground, face down, pleading for his life, telling the officers over and over that he was a vet who served in Iraq, shot at point blank in the back of the head by a cop. “So what? Who gives a shit boy! Boom!”

    Meanwhile the cops, the polticians, and the idiot populace all wave the flag and pretend to “support the troops”. People will not believe a small lie, but they will believe the Big Lie every time because they are scared, dumbed down little sheep.

  3. J. Edward Doling II

    It is a long way from the constitution that our fore fathers so wisely endowed us with. Makes me ashamed to have served. J.D. …

  4. A very long way from the days when Jefferson exhorted all men to carry a gun with them as it built character. (paraphrasing)

    Of course, I was listening to the author of Fleshing Out Skull and Bones the other day and he claimed the govt purposely put our boys into that infernal hell of Nam to get them either into the psyche wards on meds or onto Smack so they would bring it back to build up demand for it stateside so they could ship more of it in and so on. The real goal all along has been to destroy the minds of Americans so that they can’t put up any resistance. I think they have nearly achieved their goal, but no matter what shape people are in, if they can muster the courage to face the truth, it is a liberating, though painful, experience. Only if people have the guts and the moral fortitude to seek the truth can we have any chance of having a free and enlightened society.

  5. I am a Vietnam vet with PTSD – they had better not try to take my hunting guns!!!!

  6. James R. Starks

    We have really fallen on hard times when our government feels that they can’t trust the ones who have given a good portion of their lives defending that same government . The constitution seems to be a worthless piece of paper if certain citizens (our veterans) are discriminated against like this. I spent 3 years in Vietnam and have PTSD. But, on the other hand I have never been in any trouble or killed anyone either. Why am I being punished for something I have not done? I won’t let go of my guns.

  7. It is very simple. An armed populace stands in the way of their agenda to re-engineer society into this brain-chipped hive-mind communist/fascist high-tech Orwellian nightmare. Therefore, they need to attack and disarm their most formidable foe, the trained and armed veteran, first and foremost. They have used you for their ulterior purposes, and now seek to either use you for other purposes or to eliminate you altogether.

  8. Washington's Army

    As a Gulf War Vet, I am proud to have serve not for my corrupt Government, but for you, the people, my fellow soldiers and the true patriotic gut that comes from sittting in a foxhole. Fellow Vets, we dont have to stand for this. I wont. I would rather die standing up than with my tail between my legs. We as Veterans are why America is America. If this doesnt make sense to you, then start studing a little thing called “Bilderberger Group”. Study deep my friends. The number one threat for Martial Law is us. Remember they trained us. If they can disarm us, then the average civilian with a pellet gun is no match.
    As a former Sergeant, 2 time Gulf War Vet and a former Law Enforcement Officer, I am beginning to see what the “secret groups” are attempting. Most of us are law biding citizens who are business owners, church goers and gun owners. I do have PTSD of which I am not proud to say I have, but that doesnt mean I am going to the next water tower with a damn sniper rifle. These assholes. Most have never seen combat. Out of everyone, the Veteran is the most trained on his weapon. We are trained to respect it, fall in love with it and use it in a responsible manner. With PTSD and I think all Vets will agree. “Government, just leave me the hell alone and we vets will stay nice and peaceful! Don’t mess with my family or my Fore Fathers Rights (THE TRUE AMERICAN LEADERS, NOT THE YO-YO’s in office now). And if you do, THAT is when you WILL open a HUGE can of WHOOP ASS.”
    And if all else fails, well, damn it, we just happened to have sold all our guns to a friend of mine for a damn buck!!

  9. This was a natural response from a man who belongs to a particular grouping, but it should be the response of any person who recognizes his inalienable right to defend himself as he sees fit. It is not the business of government to dictate to you or me. It IS the business of dictatorships to dictate, confiscate or otherwise control, mandate etc and that is exactly what we are living in today. It is a fascist, feudal system of rule by aristocracy and we better be ready to defend ourselves from this tyranny.

  10. If push comes to shove on this, We may need to form up in one state and flip our government the finger as we dig our fighting positions, This is a real attack on veterans from our own government, we need to hire an investigator to bring down this Democrat that proposed this bill, he has made war on your families saftey.

  11. As a 2x OIF combat vet and Marine, I am outraged by this bullshit. To my fellow vets, I thank you for your service from one vet to others. We fought for this country and THIS is the “thanks” we get? I agree, we should stand by and be prepared to dig in for yet our next fight. This is my rifle, there are many like it but this one is MINE!! I am also disappointed that the NRA praised this bill… Aren’t they supposed to be FOR our 2nd amendment rights..?

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