U.S. military veterans are afraid to seek treatment for PTSD or other mental health problems thanks to a new Obama drive to restrict gun rights.
As you may know, Obama recently decreed seniors who had their Social Security checks deposited with a fiduciary would be added to the instant background check database and therefore would no longer be allowed to purchase firearms.
The logic goes that if someone is unable to manage their finances, they are disqualified immediately from 2nd Amendment rights.
Now, many veterans fear if they report mental health conditions, they too will be put on Obama’s list and be denied their Constitutional rights.
A combat vet confined to wheelchair recently spoke to Breitbart News anonymously, saying, “I was diagnosed with PTSD. What’s being done to be sure my guns aren’t taken away?” He said he lives with the added anxiety of questioning his every trip to the doctor, fearing that he is one visit away from having his gun rights snuffed out.
To clear, veterans have worried about the state of their gun rights for a number of years now. At first the concern was tied to whether a veteran could manage his or her own money. In July 2015 the Los Angeles Times reported on “a strategy used by the Department of Veterans Affairs” whereby a veteran “declared incompetent to manage pension or disability payments and assigned a fiduciary” is reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS). Translation: the inability to handle money following the strain of war and possible life and death battles is being used to deny certain veterans the right to buy a gun.
Veterans now must weigh the risks of seeking help or losing their gun rights.
The fear is widely discussed among veterans, recently prompting the Military Times to warn that some veterans are on the verge of foregoing treatment they need in order to guard the perpetuity of their gun rights.
On January 6–the day after Obama announced his executive gun controls–Military Times quoted American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett, saying, “The American Legion strongly believes that treatment for PTSD or depression by itself, which a number of wartime veterans experience, should not be the sole factor in denying a veteran the right to purchase a firearm.”
Barring some additional circumstances that would indicate that a veteran represents a dangerous threat, veterans should not have to forfeit their Second Amendment rights. Veterans have fought to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans. The American Legion believes that the rights of these heroes deserve protection.