February 22nd, 2013
In a prelude of what’s likely to become the norm as government sponsored healthcare is implemented across the country, nameless bureaucrats in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have begun issuing warning letters to veterans which claim that service members who are deemed by the agency to be incompetent or mentally ill will be required to surrender their rights as protected under the Second Amendment.
In a letter highlighting the government’s continued encroachment on the liberties of Americans, the V.A. claims that they, and only they, have final say-so on whether or not a veteran member of the US military is authorized to own guns or ammunition.
How would you feel if you received a letter from the U.S. Government informing you that because of a physical or mental condition that the government says you have it is proposing to rule that you are incompetent to handle your own financial affairs? Suppose that letter also stated that the government is going to appoint a stranger to handle your affairs for you at your expense? That would certainly be scary enough but it gets worse.
What if that letter also stated: “A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition. If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions, you may be fined, imprisoned, or both pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Pub.L.No. 103-159, as implemented at 18, United States Code 924(a)(2).”?
That makes is sound like something right from a documentary on a tyrannical dictatorship somewhere in the world.
Yet, as I write this I have a copy of such a letter right in front of me.
It is being sent by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of America’s heroes. In my capacity as Executive Director of the United States Justice Foundation (USJF) I have been contacted by some of these veterans and the stories I am getting are appalling.
The letter provides no specifics on the reasons for the proposed finding of incompetency; just that is based on a determination by someone in the VA.
In every state in the United States no one can be declared incompetent to administer their own affairs without due process of law and that usually requires a judicial hearing with evidence being offered to prove to a judge that the person is indeed incompetent. This is a requirement of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that states that no person shall “… be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law…”.
The letters have been made available for public viewing.
Kurt Nimmo of Infowars.com notes that the letters are not the exception, but rather, are likely part of a new strategy designed to disarm Americans by whatever means necessary, suggesting that the letters from the V.A. are but a stepping stone to further restrictive actions soon to be implemented by the Obama Administration and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano:
It’s no secret that the Department of Homeland Security considers returning veterans a threat to the established order. They said as much back in 2009 when they wrote in a report exposed by Alex Jones and the alternative media: “Returning veterans possess combat skills and experience that are attractive to right-wing extremists… DHS/I&A is concerned that right-wing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize veterans in order to boost their violent capacities.”
Following the case of veteran Brandon Raub, who was abducted and held in a psychiatric ward for Facebook posts the government considered subversive, police in Ohio seized a veteran’s guns after he was adjudged to be mentally incompetent despite the fact a Veterans Administration psychiatric evaluation determined he was not mentally ill.
“Since the veteran is active in the so-called truth movement or patriot community, it is assumed that his involvement in this field is part of the reason why he has been targeted for psychiatric evaluation,” Paul Joseph Watson wrote on August 24, 2012.
With the recent publication of the American Psychiatric Association’s new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), just about every American could potentially be diagnosed with a mental health condition that includes anything from attention deficits and depression, to everyday emotional responses like nervous tension or stress.
Suffice it to say that, under the DSM-5, anyone who visits a psychiatrist, psychologist or even their family doctor, could be deemed incompetent or mentally unfit to own a firearm should their government sponsored healthcare provider make that determination.
America’s veterans are an easy target because they generally have an affinity for and an understanding of firearms, have been in war zones or high stress environments, and many are dependent on government sponsored health care programs.
But vets won’t be the last to be targeted for disarmament on medical grounds. With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, tens of millions of Americans will soon fall under government jurisdiction and diagnosis.
Legislators in Washington D.C., as well as on the state level, have already introduced laws which aims to require mental health screening for gun owners, something the federal government would like to see instituted on a nationwide basis.
The ramifications of such legislation, which supporters of gun control and firearms registration say will keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill, will likewise have the effect of targeting innocent Americans who may simply be dealing with everyday stress or a naturally common level of mood fluctuations.
Imagine visiting your doctor and being asked if you’re experiencing stress because of your busy lifestyle or anxiety from a heavy work load. Answering “yes,” or “sometimes” to such questioning could soon be grounds for deeming you mentally incompetent. The next thing you know, a SWAT team will be kicking in your door (because you know they won’t knock nicely) looking for your firearms.
This is what’s coming next should the V.A. be allowed to disarm veterans without due process and public oversight.