On Wednesday the House of Representatives passed the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, which, if signed into law, would protect the due process rights of military veterans.
As noted by the National Rifle Institute, the act would prevent the Department of Veterans Affairs from banning veterans who receive disability benefits and use a fiduciary to help manage those benefits from obtaining a weapon.
The bill passed Wednesday was a follow-up to a similar resolution passed last month that “eliminated a requirement that Social Security recipients with mental disabilities be entered in the FBI’s background check system.”
“If enacted into law, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act would ensure that going forward, veterans who use a fiduciary would not be stripped of their constitutional rights unless a judicial authority first finds they pose a danger to themselves or others,” the NRA wrote in a statement following the act’s passage. “This ensures due process rights for all veterans.”
The core idea behind the bill was that a veteran’s need for assistance managing his money does not make him a threat to society. If anything, a veteran admitting that he requires some help is an indication that he is smart and responsible, wouldn’t you think?
Not everyone agreed, though.
A number of former President Barack Obama’s officials working in combination with the Veterans Coalition for Common Sense — a national initiative launched by anti-gun zealot Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly — have submitted a letter to Congress demanding that the act be blocked.
“When vulnerable veterans have access to firearms, they can do harm not only to themselves but also to family members and loved ones,” argued the bill’s supporters, including former CIA director and retired Army Gen. David Petraeus.
Yet the idea of a veteran being considered mentally unfit for gun ownership just because he receives help managing his disability benefits is simply absurd. It’s anti-gun poppycock with no basis in reason and reality — and that, incidentally, is why the House was having none of it.
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