“Disgraceful” Gun Bill Endangers Veterans

BY Herschel Smith
2 years, 6 months ago

So says an Army “vet.”  Her name is Lindsey Donovan.

I am a proud veteran of the Army. The seven Army Values are a part of my moral DNA. Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage are at the heart of who I am today.

These values serve as the backbone to every servicemember who has served or is still serving in our armed forces, and they deserve better than what our federal lawmakers have given them. Instead of protecting our most vulnerable veterans — men and women with severe mental illness — the House recently passed a bill that made it easier for them to get guns.

Our veteran population is facing a devastating suicide crisis. Every day, 20 veterans take their lives — not surprisingly, two-thirds of them use a gun. And the veteran suicide rate is more than 20% higher than for civilian Americans. Yet in the midst of this crisis, our elected officials voted to remove from the background check system nearly 170,000 records of veterans with severe mental illnesses. These veterans will now be able to purchase and possess firearms, even if they have been determined to be incapable of managing their own affairs.

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Though I am a proud veteran, I am also the proud wife of a U.S. soldier. My husband has completed three combat tours in Iraq and a fourth in Afghanistan. Anyone who has been a witness to what multiple wars and deployments can do to soldiers and their families knows that war is hell. We send them over to do a mission and welcome them back expecting them to go on as usual. But it never works that way. Transitioning back to “normal” is sometimes too much to endure and for some, in the blink of an eye, it can seem like the only way out is through the barrel of a gun.

My own experience is what fuels me to speak out and urge our lawmakers to take a stand against this very dangerous bill. Shortly after my husband’s last deployment, a soldier who served in his unit died by suicide with a gun. It happened a few days after we saw that soldier. The shock I felt was indescribable. And the pain and sorrow I felt for those left behind, I hope to never feel again. To this day I still think about that individual. I don’t so much concentrate on the why, but the how. It was the gun, a deadly means to a tragic end.

The Army was literally able to change her DNA according to her.  Sorry, but show me your combat action ribbon sweetie and then I may listen.  You set this up as if you have been personally affected, and then we learn that your husband is alive and well, apparently the only one who has the combat experience (or so we may assume).

But then we learn about the real reason you’re writing this piece of claptrap.

As a gun owner, a veteran and a volunteer with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, I know this is not a Second Amendment issue. This is an issue about common sense. This is an issue about moral courage and fortitude to stand up and fight to keep our most vulnerable veterans safe from gun violence. The House bill on veterans is the second attempt to roll back gun laws in Congress. Just last month, President Trump signed a law reversing a requirement that the Social Security Administration submit records of mentally impaired recipients to the gun background-check system.

Oh goodie.  Another organized mom demanding something.  Everytown.  Just great.  She’s a collectivist and that’s the origin of her commentary, not what she did or didn’t do in the Army.  She naturally assumes that prohibiting a veteran from truthfully completing a form 4473 means they don’t have access to guns if that’s what they want.  Or maybe she knows better and is lying.

Either way, she avoids the real help we can give to veterans, which is ensuring that the Veteran’s administration is funded and that we meet our contractual obligations to them for their medical care.  Because that costs money and effort, and commitment.  No, the easier thing for her is to prohibit gun ownership among men who want someone else to fill our their tax forms for them.

She’s disgusting.  Have nothing to do with such people.  And another note to veterans.  Say nothing to anyone, or you just might find yourself on some kind of list because of people like this.  See what you did there, Lindsey?  You inserted yourself in between a man and his medical care, just like all of the other collectivists.

Are you proud?


Comments

  1. On March 29, 2017 at 10:08 pm, Joe Potosky said:

    You do know the American Civil Liberties Union, a host of disability groups, and much of the medical community are against what you write?

    Receiving assistance to handle personal finances does not mean an individual is unable to safely own a firearm.

    Veterans who use a fiduciary should not be stripped of their constitutional rights unless a judicial authority first finds they pose a danger to themselves or others.

  2. On March 29, 2017 at 10:09 pm, Joe Potosky said:

    The American Civil Liberties Union, a host of disability groups, and much of the medical community are against what you write?

    Receiving assistance to handle personal finances does not mean an individual is unable to safely own a firearm.

    Veterans who use a fiduciary should not be stripped of their constitutional rights unless a judicial authority first finds they pose a danger to themselves or others.

  3. On March 29, 2017 at 10:16 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    Dude, that’s what she’s saying, not me. I quoted it in order to naysay it. I think she’s a disgrace. And I don’t think any judge anywhere under any circumstances for any reason has justification or constitutional authority to prohibit firearms to anyone.

  4. On March 30, 2017 at 9:10 am, Ned Weatherby said:

    Statists will always be statists.

  5. On March 30, 2017 at 9:13 am, Ned Weatherby said:

    My veteran pal was elated when that anti-rights travesty was reversed. So was I. Anyone who thinks the original bill was for “oh, it’s just to save addled veterans” better WTFU. Good call on wanting to see here combat ribbons. Likely a fem REMF.

  6. On March 30, 2017 at 10:45 am, Archer said:

    She is (partially) right, of course. It’s not (purely) a Second Amendment issue.

    It also violates the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Tenth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Possibly (probably) the Eighth, too.

    But then again, collectivists are not anti-gun. They are anti-freedom.

  7. On March 30, 2017 at 1:40 pm, Jack Crabb said:

    What did that idiot Al Franken say? Something about “Lying Liars and the Lying Lies They Tell”…

    America is rife with stupid and ignorant “citizens”.

  8. On March 31, 2017 at 8:30 am, Douglas Mortimer said:

    Hey I’m an honorably discharged Army veteran and I still take the oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States seriously. But these people, screw your right to due process or any of that….. Sadly even the military has lambs willing to go to the slaughter like this idiot.

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