They’ve dedicated themselves to defending our freedom and safety, put themselves in the line of fire, risking life and limb, and now tens of thousands of veterans are being called mentally defective and banned from gun ownership?
Yep, you read that right.
As The Hill reports, The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) is filled with military veterans who are essentially banned from owning guns, even though they may not be a danger to society.
According to a 2013 Senate report, the Department of Veteran Affairs is responsible for reporting more than 143,000 beneficiaries, including about 83,000 veterans, to the “mental defective” category of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
Any federal agency can report people to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, but the VA’s recommendations account for about 99 percent of the people who are listed in the mental defective category.
The VA recommends many military veterans who it deems “incompetent” and in need of financial assistance to manage their benefits be placed in the “mental defective” category of the national gun ban list.
Wait, so if you need financial assistance to manage your benefits, you’re mentally defective? You mean, like calling an accountant is a sign of mental illness? This is outrageous!
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote a letter this week to Attorney General Eric Holder saying the gun ban “effectively voids their Second Amendment rights.”
“It’s disturbing to think that the men and women who dedicated themselves to defending our freedom and values face undue threats to their fundamental Second Amendment rights from the very agency established to serve them,” Grassley wrote.”
“A veteran or dependent shouldn’t lose their constitutional rights, because they need help with bookkeeping,” he added.
This is how it starts, folks. And don’t forget – all of your medical records will be accessible by the government. Ever confess to your doctor that you’re feeling stressed? Need anti-depressants? You better not mention you blow off steam at the range with a couple of boxes of 9mm. Just sayin….