*Editor’s Note* – This is really kind of an old story but now that Senator Chuck Grassley has decided to open up the can of worms again, allow me to point out some things that should be obvious to Americans but evidently it is not.
Below is an article that can be found on Sen. Grassley’s website. It is about sending a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking why a disproportionate number of “mentally defective” military veterans are being added to the gun ownership ban list. How big of him.
As will be the case here, and is in all other cases, we are manipulated to focus on the terrible act of what appears to be a too many in one department being declared “mentally defective” while never addressing the real issue.
Why is it that we, once thought to be a free society, sit back and allow fascist government, enabled by totalitarian groups of ignorant people, to take away any of our rights? Why is it somehow acceptable that Government or any of its agents and/or employees, can, with the stroke of a pen, declare any of us mentally unfit to keep and bear arms? Doesn’t anybody alive in this country see this?
Evidently Sen. Grassley, not to pick on him because they are all the same bunch of selfish dictators, wants us to focus on just that there are more veterans that a nuts than other groups. In addition, he has proposed legislation that would allow judges to decide whether or not you or I are out of our freakin’ minds. Now there’s a Government solution for you. Oh, but don’t put on some charade about how terrible I am because I think Government and the Judicial system doesn’t give a damn about my mental health or my Constitutional and God-given rights.
I’ve seen what Government can do. I’ve seen what judges can do. I’ve seen what the Executive can do, and you really are interested in allowing any of them to determine your mental capacity? Hell, I refuse to ever go see a shrink because I will not allow someone who is nuttier than I am to determine how nutty I am. Some mentally defective moron sitting at a desk is allowed to play god?
This is all just nuts!
WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is requesting an explanation for why nearly all of the names on the Justice Department’s gun ban list in the “mental defective” category belong to veterans or their dependents.
“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. A veteran or dependent shouldn’t lose their Constitutional rights because they need help with bookkeeping,” Grassley said.
All federal agencies are required to report names of individuals to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System’s (NICS) “mental defective” category. Placement on the list prohibits owning or possessing a firearm. The legal standard by which a name is supposed to be reported to the “mental defective” category is whether the individuals are a danger to themselves or others. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) process does not support such findings. Instead VA reports individuals to the gun ban list if an individual merely needs financial assistance managing VA benefits. Although the VA process is not designed to regulate firearm ownership, it results in veterans and their loved ones being barred from exercising their fundamental, Constitutionally-guaranteed Second Amendment rights.
In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Grassley outlined concerns that a number of failures, including the inconsistent application of standards and weak due process protections, are leading to a disproportionate number of names submitted to the gun ban list by the VA. Grassley notes that it appears veterans are particularly singled out and should not be required by the VA to shoulder the entire burden to prove that they have the ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
Grassley introduced legislation last Congress that included a provision requiring a judicial authority to find individuals to be a danger to themselves or others in order to be added to the mental defective category within NICS. This legislation would have effectively overturned administrative actions by the VA to add individuals to the NICS simply because they were unable to manage their financial affairs.
According to Congressional Research data from 2012, 99.3 percent of all names reported to NICS’ “mental defective” category were supplied by the VA. A 2013 Senate report indicated little change in that statistic.
Text of Grassley’s letter is below. A signed copy can be found here.