Under the Obama Administration we’ve already seen a significant downsizing of our military, in what some are calling a purge of anyone who holds “patriotic views.” But now we’ve learned that under this administration, over 100,000 Veterans have been stripped of their 2nd amendment rights to own a firearm.
When a returning Vet becomes eligible for disability compensation, often because they were severely injured in the field of battle, they have to go through a review process with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). During this process, a number of Vets, for a variety of reasons, are sometimes found to be unable to manage their own benefits. If this happens they are assigned a financial manager who overseas their benefits.
But here’s the kicker, the second this happens they are put on a list of Mental Defectives and stripped of their right to own a firearm. They get entered into the F.B.I. NICS System, and can no longer legally own or buy a firearm.
Although the VA process in no way looks at the vet’s mental competence in regards to owning a firearm, he instantly loses his right to own one under this idiotic review process. His safety, and the safety of others has nothing to do with him losing his rights, and what’s even worse is this would be illegal if it happened to an ordinary citizen. For instance, over 7.6 million Social Security beneficiaries are assigned fiduciaries, but the Social Security Administration does not send any of those names to the F.B.I., and none of those people lose their right to own a firearm.
These are people who are trusted to carry far more impressive weaponry while overseas in the field of combat, but for some reason this government doesn’t trust them to carry a firearm when they return home. I guess it’s fine when they are overseas dying for our country, but the second they return home this administration seems to see them as some sort of threat.
Military Vets Targeted by their own Government
I guess this really shouldn’t be that shocking, considering some of the information that’s come out over the last couple years. From this administrations attempts to demonize anyone with patriotic views, to them actually forcing Marines to Disarm when the U.S. Defense Secretary visited Afghanistan, their disdain for our men in uniform is more than apparent.
But it goes much farther than contempt for the military; in fact, I believe this government is involved in an outright assault on members of the military.
Back in 2009, in a DHS memo describing the threat of homegrown terrorism, former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called returning military veterans right-wing extremism who posed a potential threat to the country. She said, “The return of military veterans facing significant challenges reintegrating into their communities could lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone wolf extremists capable of carrying out violent attacks.”
Although she later apologized for her remarks, it in my opinion shows how our government really views our military – as a potential threat.