Vets rapidly losing 2nd Amendment gun rights

Gun owners are on the defensive these days from assaults on their civil rights. Sen. Feinstein’s 2013 Assault Weapons Ban and Vice President Biden’s list of initiatives are only the beginning. Behind the scenes, US military veterans are afraid they are being specifically targeted and are quickly losing their 2nd Amendment rights. According to one group, in over 150,000 instances, they already have.

“Mentally defective” veterans

There’s a phenomenon in the US military that has always puzzled this author. No American seems more pro-tyranny and anti-We The People than the active duty US soldier. But no American is more pro-We The People and anti-tyranny than the US military veteran. For generations, veterans have been the defenders of liberty in America, not the US military. Now, all that may change if the Obama administration has its way.

The veterans PAC called issued a dire warning a few days ago. They’re afraid Attorney General Eric Holder, at the insistence of President Obama, will add all military veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the rolls of Americans forbidden from owning or purchasing firearms.

“Our veterans put it all on the line to protect our Constitution,” Col. Dick Brauer, USAF (Ret.) and Co-Founder of Special Operations Speaks told supporters, “But if President Obama and his gun-grabbing allies get their way, they will be among the first to see their Constitutional rights limited.”

Col. Dick Brauer says the threat, “sounds too insulting and ridiculous to be true.” But the retired Air Force Colonel insists that it’s already happening. “In fact,” he explains, “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, NICS as it’s commonly called.”

It’s not that unusual when a soldier goes off to war, especially when it’s for over a year or more, that he or she lets someone watch their kids, pay their bills and handle their finances while they’re away fighting and defending the country. But to President Obama and the Justice Department, that’s a clear admission of mental incompetence and enough to ban those service members from owning or purchasing a firearm. That’s pretty ironic and insulting considering these very same soldiers are being armed and ordered to guard America’s freedom by the very same government officials.

“Did these veterans brandish a weapon at someone?” Col. Brauer asks, “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 Veterans 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.”

The latest threat

While the government’s rule to forbid 2nd Amendment rights to those who’ve handed management of their finances to someone affected more than 150,000 veterans, the newest proposed guideline would limit firearms ownership to literally millions of veterans – and tens of millions more who’ve been diagnosed with PTSD.

Those familiar with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder know that it’s not a dangerous affliction, at least not to anyone but the person who has it. It doesn’t cause its victims to hallucinate, suffer spats of violence or any other outward threat. The prescription drugs they’re given cause those horrible things, but that’s another story. Some of the more common symptoms of PTSD include depression, crying and insomnia. In your author’s case, I suffer from weight loss and vomiting blood. I was never in the military, but I suffer from PTSD just the same. It’s a fairly common diagnosis for anyone who’s been to hell and back. And 2nd Amendment rights activists fear it’ll become even more common – used by the Obama administration to deny firearms to as many Americans as they can.

PTSD and gun rights

“It’s a little-known fact that about 30 percent of returning soldiers are diagnosed with PTSD,” Col. Dick Brauer warns, “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.”

The retired Air Force Colonel and his veterans group fear that President Obama and Attorney General Holder are going to quietly add victims of PTSD to the NICS database of Americans forbidden to own firearms. “All it takes is for one of Eric Holder’s decrees to include PTSD,” he says, “and suddenly one of the most passionate, patriotic segments of Americans will be labeled a danger to society.”

Brauer goes on to raise two additional warnings. “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?” he asks, knowing full well the answer is a lot, “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?”

Col. Brauer and SOS say they aren’t going to take this threat lying down. They’ve established an ‘’ to protect the gun rights of veterans...