Posts Tagged ‘Veterans’

‘Obama has dramatically overshot’

January 17, 2013

President Obama outlined several major legislative initiatives that he claims will reduce gun-related violence, but representatives at Gun Owners of America say the proposals will assault Americans’ right to keep and bear arms and do nothing to prevent senseless killings.

The Obama legislative agenda includes several controversial items, starting with universal background checks to make sure guns are not purchased by felons or “someone legally prohibited from buying” a firearm.

Mike Hammond has served in the offices of three U.S. senators and is now general counsel at Gun Owners of America. He said this provision should be opposed on two grounds. His first concern centers around the people Obama thinks should be prohibited from buying guns.

“In about 150,000 cases, we’re talking about veterans who came back from Baghdad or Kabul, perhaps sought counseling for a traumatic experience and, as a result, the Veteran’s Administration appointed a fiduciary to supervise their financial affairs and then sent their names to this secret list in West Virginia that prohibits people from owning guns,” Hammond said. “These people didn’t do anything wrong. They served their country honorably, and there’s no reason they should lose their constitutional rights because they sought someone to counsel them.”

While Hammond fears law-abiding Americans could easily be blocked from exercising their Second Amendment rights, he also claims involving the government in each firearm transaction sets the stage for more heavy-handed actions from Uncle Sam.

“It’s increasingly clear to us that the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are using these secret lists to begin to compile the beginnings of a national gun registry,” Hammond said. “I personally drafted the Smith Amendment, which would prohibit them from using the Brady Check in order to create a national gun registry. But when senators have recently asked the FBI, ‘How are you complying with the Smith Amendment and how long are you keeping the names?’ they’re told to go take a long walk off a short pier. There is a danger that the Obama administration wants to create this gun registry using this universal check. There is no way in heaven’s name that we are going to consider anything like that.”

Hammond said a national gun registry is a slippery slope to government confiscation of weapons once the government knows where they are. He uses recent events in New York state as an example, since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed new gun-control legislation and then alluded to confiscating firearms that are now deemed illegal.

In pushing for the background check, Obama contended that 40 percent of gun sales have no background checks. Hammond said that statistic is pure fiction.

“They asked the FBI about that and basically the FBI said that the gun-control advocates, for lack of a better term, just pulled that statistic out of their ear,” he said. “I mean they just made that statistic up.”

The biggest congressional fight will likely center around Obama’s call for a ban on assault weapons and his demand that magazines carry a limit of 10 bullets. The president said weapons used in a theater of war should not be brought into a movie theater.

“That is a lie. When I was in the military, I had a weapon that was designed for the theater of war. It was called an M-16 rifle,” Hammond said. “It was a fully automatic rifle. Unless you get a special license from the FBI, you can’t own one of those guns in America. That is an absolute lie.”

“What the AR-15 is is a gun that is designed cosmetically to look like a full automatic but operates nothing like it,” he said.

Hammond also rejects the proposed limit on bullets in a magazine, saying shooters like the ones in Connecticut and Colorado could just as easily have brought multiple guns and multiple magazines and achieved the same horrific response.

Looking at the big picture of the debate, Hammond believes that Obama reached too far in this agenda.

“Obama, in this case, has dramatically overshot. I think he has overshot in a way that is going to destroy his entire gun-control package,” argued Hammond, who said Obama initially leaned toward restoring the ban on semi-automatic weapons that was in effect between 1994-2004. He said that ban didn’t address some of the more recent cosmetic features on guns, like the one used in the Sandy Hook massacre, so the scope of this legislation got much bigger.

“So he began adding more guns and more guns and more guns,” Hammond said. “The people who know what guns are out there tell us that the resulting legislation now will ban probably about 50 percent of the long guns currently in circulation and about 80 percent of the handguns in current circulation. Let me state that again. Barack Obama and his proposals would ban most guns currently in circulation.”

Hammond also rejected the president’s 23 executive actions, particularly the ones that encourage doctors to ask patients about guns and share that information with the government.

THE FULL STORY ON OBAMA’S MASSIVE GUN GRAB:

Poll: Seeds of tyranny present in America

Obama plan: ‘Assault-weapon’ ban, universal background checks

47 states revolt against Obama gun control

Rush Limbaugh: Obama ‘wants people to snap’

‘Obama has dramatically overshot’

Oops! Gun-map hate mail goes to wrong paper

Constitution ‘no impediment’ to Obama

Chicago murders top Afghanistan death toll

Virginia’s solution to guns in school

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/obama-has-dramatically-overshot/#YwDHMA50UIfWr23h.99

Veterans Day

November 11, 2009

What can I say? If you can read this thank a teacher. If you are alive, thank a Veteran!

Veterans Day

OPERATION “LEATHERNECK COMFORT”

March 20, 2009
GUNNY BOB LAUNCHES

OPERATION “LEATHERNECK COMFORT”

In Support of

Marine Parents (www.marineparents.com) and Marines in Combat In Iraq and Afghanistan

A 501 (c)(3) Charity

Every year, Gunny Bob comes up with a very worthy charity drive. We’ve done Operation “Beanie Baby,” which sent nearly 50,000 Beanie Babies to the children of Iraq; Operation “Leatherneck Sheets,” which sent huge numbers of cotton sheets to Marines in Iraq to keep them cool in the blazing heat of the Middle East; and Operation “Cancun Honeymoon,” which raised more than $8,000 to send badly wounded Marine Corporal Aaron Mankin and his Marine wife on the honeymoon they never got because they were in the war serving you instead.

Now Gunny Bob and Marine Parents announce Operation “Leatherneck Comfort,” which we hope will raise $5,000 for combat Marines, including Purple Heart recipients, and their families.

The Gunny is asking you, his troops, to once again answer the call of duty by contributing to Operation “Leatherneck Comfort” by clicking on the link to your left and donating through PayPal or your credit card. Please give whatever you can afford and remember that your generous, tax-deductable contribution will make Marines in combat (http://www.thecarepackageproject.com/) and those who can no longer serve because of their grievous wounds, or who are recovering from their wounds in military hospitals (http://www.purpleheartfamilies.com/), a little more comfortable.

America has counted on its Marine Corps since 1775. Now you can return the favor by donating to this outstanding charity. Your Marines and their families need you.

Gift of life, calling on all donors D/FW area, spread the word

December 3, 2008

Hat Tip to Texas Fred

This is posted at the request of Concerned Citizen at Judging Truth, please read this and if you can help, I am certain it would be appreciated! Donations can be made at Carter Blood Care and their information can be found at this link: http://www.carterbloodcare.org/

The Gift of Life

As we approach the Christmas season, our thoughts turn to giving. Traditionally we look for meaningful presents to give our loved ones that help us celebrate the gift of life that Christ gave us by his suffering and death. I am posting this request to ask that you give the gift of life itself to a complete stranger this Christmas.

His name is Tyler Seedig and he is a young Marine who was bound for his first duty station in just three weeks. He was home with his family this Thanksgiving weekend and went deer hunting with his older brother on Sunday. On the way back home they were involved in a car accident that claimed the life of the older brother and left Tyler severely burned. He was transported to the Parkland Burn Unit where he remains in a critical care unit with severe burns over 65% of his body. He will not be reporting to his unit in Afghanistan, nor will he be home for Christmas, New Years or possibly even Easter. Tyler will most likely spend the next six months in Parkland Hospital trying to survive the initial trauma, fight off the coming infections and allow his body to slowly rebuild.

Tyler needs blood. Plasma in particular, so the type is unimportant. I am asking any capable person who can to give the most precious gift possible this year and donate a pint of blood to Carter Blood Center in the name of Tyler Seedig, Parkland Burn Unit, Dallas, TX. It costs us nothing except time and minor discomfort to give, but it can save the life of Tyler or someone else in need.

Through out this season we always talk of helping those in need, of giving to those less fortunate and of remembering those who serve. Here is the perfect chance to do all of those things with a simple pint of blood. Help this young Marine who was embarking on a journey of service and self-sacrifice in order to defend your freedoms and serve this nation where ever the call might have taken him. Think of what a precious chance it is to be able to give life to another.

Please keep this family in your prayers as well. They have lost a son and must plan a funeral during a season which should bring joy to us all, while they stand by the bedside of another son who clings to life by a thread. Remember them this season as you celebrate the love of your own families and cherish those around you for you never know when the call home may come.

Judging Truth: The Gift of Life


Veterans Day

November 11, 2008

Just what does Veterans day mean to me? Well, I believe that it means a lot that is different from the perspective that most people have. I could recount the history of Veterans day, as I am sure that many will do elsewhere, so why bother.

I could write of heroic deeds performed by men and women in defense of our nation as well as other nations thereby defending freedom and democracy. The American way if you will. However, I am also sure that stories of that genre will also be all over the Internet as well.

I could write about the men that helped my mother to raise me after my Father was killed on a hillside near Chosen, Korea. Those men are a part of history, not just that of the Marine Corps, but the worlds history as well.

No, I think that today’s post will be about something different;

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Think about those words, about what they mean;

“I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”

The oath that Officers take is slightly different yet some things are held in common with the oath taken by enlisted personnel. Indeed they share many characteristics. The overwhelming one that stands out to me though is that neither oath sets an end to the oath. A term of service if you will. So today I will write about veterans that carry on after their term of military service has ended, but their fealty to the oath that they have taken has not. Some things will be in general. Others more specific.

Ralph Montoya had a habit of hiring people that were down and out. He was a supervisor for a large well known corporation. He knew that people that were having problems could, and would work out those problems when given the tools to do so. His methodology was self discipline and hard work that led to a sense of personal pride. He once said that to him, a poor credit record meant that the person needed a decent job. Not being further kicked to the curb like so many organizations practice. Just by being himself he garnered a degree of loyalty that is seldom seen in the civilian sector. It also helped that he had two Rangers on staff. He managed material, and lead people. We lost Ralph last year to cancer. He was a highly decorated Medic that had served in Viet Nam.

David Allen works for a pretty large telecommunications company. He is pretty average as far as his size and looks go. Scars, at least physical scars fade with time. David goes home from work and builds model trains. That is what he likes to do. That, and fellowship with current and former Marines. The trains all stop though when David gets working on his other passion in life. David has put in countless hours with the ” Toys for Tots” program. He’s come a long way from the rice paddy’s and deserts. Still, he hears the call to duty, and exemplifies Marine Corps spirit. Semper Fi Sergeant Major!

John, as I will call him for OpSec reasons, works as a town deputy, and part time police officer in Colorado on the outskirts of Denver. During his free time he works with kids, street kids that are in a bad way. Kids that are in, or are toying with becoming gang members. he teaches them life skills. Skills that the kids turn into tools that can be used to lead to productive lives instead of prison, or an early grave. It is said that the way to tell the difference between Special Forces and Navy Seals is simple. That Seals leave craters, while you never knew that the Special Forces were there. I asked John about his work with the kids that just might put a knife into a kidney that belonged to him sometime. His response was typical of those that put selflessness into practice in every day life. “It’s simply a thing of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter” was his response. Fair winds and following seas CPO.

These are but three of so many that not only have walked the walk. But have never forgotten that they have pledged any and all that they have for the betterment of our people, nation, and society for as long as they live.

Project Promise

November 6, 2008

On November 7-11, Project Promise will hold an online event to raise money for our wounded veterans. They will post letters and essays, video and audio clips, poems and posts on Veteran’s Day and soldiers in tribute to the sacrifice of these American heroes.

As a means for spreading the word, I am asking everyone to please link our website, which is enclosed.  We would very much appreciate this.

http://www.projectpromisesoldier.com


Senate Vote Is Good News For Gun Rights

August 1, 2008

Senate Vote Is Good News For Gun Rights
— GOA thanks activists for sending thousands of e-mails to the Senate prior
to vote

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://www.gunowners.org

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Gun owners won an important vote in the U.S. Senate this week, when more
than three dozen senators stood with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
in his battle against Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

Reid fell eight votes short on Monday of stopping Coburn, who has been using
parliamentary maneuvers to keep anti-gun legislation (and pork) from coming
to the Senate floor for votes.

Sen. Coburn has placed a “hold” on more than 80 bills since
January of last
year — including the bill which recently extended the National Parks gun
ban to the Washington-Rochambeau trail.

Under the rules, one senator may block the progress of an objectionable bill
by issuing a “hold” — a maneuver which prevents a bill from
speedily moving
through the legislative process.

The frustrated dictator of the Senate (a.k.a. Reid) combined 36 of the bills
which have come under Coburn’s ire into a big omnibus bill and added all
kinds of pork to entice senators into supporting the measure. Nevertheless,
Reid still fell eight votes short of what was needed to defeat Coburn’s
holds.

GOA wants to thank all of you who took the time during the last week to urge
your senators to stand with Coburn!

VETERANS DISARMAMENT UPDATE

In other Senate news, Richard Burr’s bill to repeal large parts of the
Veterans Disarmament Act is gaining steam. The Republican senator from
North Carolina introduced the Veterans Protection Act (S. 3167) after
President Bush signed a gun ban into law this year — a law which, among
other things, disarms military veterans who have been diagnosed with PTSD.
The Burr bill, which now has 18 cosponsors, would protect the rights of
military veterans and make it more difficult for the Veterans Affairs to
deny them their Second Amendment rights.

GOA members should have received their latest newsletter by now. This issue
contains a key update on the Veterans Protection Act in the House
(introduced by Rep. Virgil Goode) and answers frequently asked questions by
gun owners such as: what should I do when I’m denied by the Brady Check and
can I run a NICS check on myself?

If you’re not receiving the GOA newsletter, please go to
http://www.gunowners.org/ordergoamem.htm to get your members-only
subscription today!

ACTION:

1. Continue asking your two senators to stand with Sen. Coburn in defying
the strong-arm tactics of Majority Leader Reid. Further to that, urge them
to cosponsor Coburn’s bill (S. 2807) repealing the gun ban in the National
Parks. You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators the pre-written
e-mail message below.

2. Make sure you check out the latest GOA newsletter and mail the enclosed
postcards in support of the Veterans Protection Act if you have not already
done so. Thank you!

—– Pre-written letter —–

Dear Senator:

I was very happy to hear that the Senate stood with Tom Coburn and refused
to vote for Harry Reid’s pork-laden omnibus bill on Monday, July 28.

I applaud Senator Coburn’s efforts to return our government to a
constitutional basis, and I hope that the Senate will act on his bill to
repeal the National Park Service gun ban (S. 2807).

Please stand with Sen. Coburn against the strong-arm tactics of Sen. Reid
and support the repeal of the NPS gun ban.

Sincerely,

OPERATION “CANCUN HONEYMOON”

April 25, 2008

 

OPERATION “CANCUN HONEYMOON”

Let’s Send Purple Heart Recipient Cpl. Aaron Mankin And Mrs. Mankin To Mexico


Gunny Bob and Cpl. Aaron Mankin. (Photo courtesy of Winston Getz.)

This is a story that will warm your heart, catch your breath in shock, smile, and cry, all at the same time.

The Gunny had the pleasure and honor of again being the Master of Ceremonies at the Marine Parents National Conference in Washington, D.C., from 18-20 April 2008. Among the guest was Cpl. Aaron Mankin.

While serving as a Marine combat correspondent in Iraq, then Lance Corporal Mankin found himself one day in the heat of battle, riding in an assault vehicle and doing his job as the grunts fought, which was to record and write about the war. He was standing up in the open-topped vehicle as the battle raged when a massive improvised explosive device (IED) detonated right beside his vehicle. The blast sent the 26-ton vehicle and 16 Marines inside 10 feet into the air.

Six Marines were killed instantly. In the thick, black smoke of the totally destroyed “trac,” Cpl. Mankin knew he was badly wounded: he could see the flames covering his body and feel the searing heat as his skin melted from his face, neck, arms, chest and back. Hurling himself out of the wreckage, he landed on the dirt and began rolling to try to put the flames out, but they would not go out. He rolled and rolled and rolled, all the while thinking he was about to die. His final thoughts that day were of hearing his brother Marines from other vehicles shouting “Put him out! Put him out!”

Then, darkness.

As the blackness enveloped the young, perpetually happy, outgoing Marine, God checked his master plan. Turning to the chapter on Cpl. Mankin, he read that the Marine’s life was incomplete, that the Marine journalist had more work to do and things to accomplish, and that he was scheduled in the master plan to raise a family.

God brushed the darkness away and switched on the light.

Cpl. Mankin opened his eyes so see his mother. He was in a special hospital that specializes in massive burn injuries, and Cpl. Mankin had those. His face was criss-crossed with scars. His throat was burned away so he had a breathing tube. The skin on his arms had melted away and his right hand was almost unrecognizable. His ears were almost gone, leaving a hole in each side of his head. His nose was a charred lump of remnant flesh.

In the many months and seemingly countless surgeries that followed (he has many more to go, too), hideous pain would be Cpl. Mankin’s constant companion. That pain is physical as well as mental, and he knows that when people see him for the first time, they are stunned. Some gasp. Some cry. Some pray. Some look away. But Cpl. Mankin doesn’t feel sorry for himself. He decided one day in the hospital that he would never feel sorry for himself, and no matter of how much pain he was in and how tired he was, he would press on, because that’s what Marines do.

Cpl. Mankin is married and he and his wife have one daughter (15 months old) and another child on the way. Because his wife was also a Marine when they got married, they never got a honeymoon.

THEY NEVER GOT A HONEYMOON.

This is where we come in.

As the Gunny learned of this and got to know Cpl. Mankin at the conference, he knew right then and there what his audience would want to do: send Cpl. Mankin and his wife on the honeymoon they never had. The Gunny found out that Mrs. Mankin loves the beach, as does Cpl. Mankin.

Announcing Gunny Bob’s Operation “Cancun Honeymoon”

You, the Gunny and Marine Parents (www.marineparents.com) are going to send Cpl. and Mrs. Mankin on an all-expense-paid first-class honeymoon to sunny, warm Cancun, where this deeply in love and dedicated to each other couple will bask on the beach, eat great food, soak up the sun, sleep late, and otherwise do what honeymooning couples do.

Here’s how you can donate (on line, via phone, and via check by snail mail), and all donations are tax deductible because Marine Parents is a 501 (3)(c) charitable organization:

Go to https://marineparentsinc.com/donation.asp and at Step 1, select “Purple Heart Family Support.”

At Step 2, type in the amount you would like to donate; there is no minimum or maximum. Please give as generously as possible.

At Step 3, select “In Honor of” and then write in the space provided: “Cpl. Aaron Mankin/Operation Cancun Honeymoon”

Step 4: Fill out all the info there and then click “Submit Information” and continue as need be.

To donate by phone or snail mail (make sure you tell them all funds are to go to Gunny Bob’s Operation “Cancun Honeymoon” for Cpl. Aaron Mankin and his wife:

If you want to send a check:

(1) Make it payable to MarineParents.com, Inc.

(2) Write Operation “Cancun Honeymoon” on the memo line

(3) Mail it to Gunny Bob Newman, 850 KOA, Clear Channel, Inc., 4695 S. Monaco St., Denver CO 80237

Phone: 573-449-2003
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Gang, this is a BIG one. We need to make this happen. The Gunny is personally asking you for this favor. We need a lot of money to send these two American patriots on the honeymoon they never got, which they never got because they were busy serving their country and keeping us safer.

The Gunny will owe you forever if you help him send the Mankins on their Cancun honeymoon.

Treachery, or just business as usual…

January 11, 2008

Treachery, or just business as usual… The Senate and Congress have been playing with the rights of Americans for so long now that they evidently think that we all like it. Guess what? We do not. Perhaps after Lautenberg, Schumer, and Pelosi all get tarred and feathered they might figure it out. Read on about this latest shenanigan from foggy bottom.

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
http://www.gunowners.org

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

As most Americans were preparing for the Christmas holidays last
month, the U.S. Congress pulled another fast one when only few people
were watching.

It was December 19. Most Congressmen had left town and were either
at the airport or in the air returning home. They weren’t in
Washington, DC, because their party leadership had told them that all
the major votes were over… that the only legislative business left
related to non-controversial issues, such as when Congress would
return from Christmas break, etc.

But it was then, with most of the Congress gone, that the House and
Senate passed the Veterans Disarmament Act without a recorded vote.
It was a huge deja vu, as this was the method that a previous
Democratic Congress used — together with compliant Republicans — to
pass the original Brady Law in 1993.

WHO IS TO BLAME?

In the fury that resulted from this “fast one,” many Americans have
wanted to blame the entire lot of them… all 535 congressmen. And,
to be sure, there is an extent to which they all share some blame.

But to be fair, no one congressmen can camp out on the floor of the
House or Senate chambers, every day, 24/7. It’s a physical
impossibility, which is why members of each party rely on their
leadership to protect their interests and keep them informed. And
that’s where the betrayal occurred.

No Unanimous Consent agreement can pass the House or Senate without
the leaders of both parties signing off. And on December 19, the
leaders of each party sent their members home for the Christmas
holidays, while forging Unanimous Consent agreements in each chamber.

As such, the immediate ire should be directed at the following
legislators: Democrats such as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
(D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV); Republicans such
as House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority
Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Obviously, the backers of the Veterans Disarmament Act should be held
to account, as well. Most of the lead sponsors were Democrats —
such as Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

But there were a few key Republicans who helped cosponsor the
legislation: Representatives Michael Castle (DE), Christopher Shays
(CT) and Lamar Smith (TX). And dishonorable mention goes to Tom
Price of Georgia who was physically present on the House floor on
December 19. It was Rep. Price who asked for the Unanimous Consent
agreement to pass the Veterans Disarmament Act without a vote.

Finally, many of you know that Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) held up the
bill in the Senate for several months. His intentions were laudable
as he desperately wanted to protect Second Amendment rights and cut
unconstitutional spending.

Unfortunately, not one pro-gun senator chose to stand with Coburn…
not one. In fact, GOA felt just as alone as Coburn did. While two
veterans groups (and several pro-gun state groups) sided with us, GOA
was the only pro-gun group at the federal level that actively fought
this legislation week after week, while another and bigger
organization was working behind the scenes to help pass the Veterans
Disarmament Act.

Standing alone, Senator Coburn decided to negotiate for a better
bill. GOA was asked for input and made a few contributions to the
bill, but not enough to justify support for the Veterans Disarmament
Act.

Add to this fact that GOA was prevented from seeing the final version
of the bill before the brokered Schumer-Coburn compromise was taken
to the floor under a Unanimous Consent agreement.

As a result, Senator Coburn spoke in favor of the compromise bill on
the floor of the Senate — something that was a huge mistake, for
many of the glaring problems with the bill still remained untouched.

So chalk up a victory for Chuck Schumer… and for Carolyn McCarthy
as well, as she told CBS News, “This is the best Christmas present I
could ever receive.”

WHAT DOES THE BILL DO IN GENERAL?

It would be a mistake to under-react — or over-react — to the
passage of the Veterans Disarmament Act.  On the bad side, this bill
statutorily validates BATF regulations which could potentially disarm
millions of Americans.  This is a VERY DANGEROUS turn of events which
will have huge ramifications over the next several decades.

The extent to which its unconstitutional potential will be realized
will be clear only over time — and perhaps a long time — and will
depend on whether pro-gunners or anti-gunners are in power.  For
example, it took a full thirty years for language in the 1968 Gun
Control Act to be used to disarm veterans.

On the other hand, GOA was able to secure a few modest concessions
which should provide some protection to gun owners — though NOT
NEARLY ENOUGH PROTECTION TO JUSTIFY SUPPORT of this bill.

So having said that, what are the implications of this legislation
for Americans with psychiatric diagnoses?

Although we succeeded in forcing the deletion of the ratification of
the BATF regulations, per se, section 101 (c) (1) (C) contains new
language which could make you a “prohibited person” (unable
to own a
gun) based solely on a medical finding (by a psychiatrist or
psychologist), provided:

* That you had “an opportunity for a hearing by a court, board,
commission or other lawful authority”; and

* In the future, that you had notice that you would be made a
“prohibited person” as a result of the agency action (section
101 (c)
(3)). [NOTE:  This was added pursuant to negotiations over GOA’s
objections to the bill.]

However, even these modest gains have severe limitations. Up to
140,000 veterans had their gun rights taken away as a result of a
diagnosis of a mental disorder such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD). But this new law does not require two important things for
those 140,000 people:

1. The new law does not require that a veteran needed to have any
knowledge of the ramifications of the “diagnosis” in the past
— and
the fact that this diagnosis could disarm him or her for life. How
many veterans suffering from PTSD simply went to Veterans Affairs,
hoping to get treatment, but now face a lifetime gun ban because of
the new law?

2. Also, the act does not require that the disarmed vets even knew
they had a right to appeal their diagnosis. Many of the 140,000
Americans who have now lost their Second Amendment rights first
received a letter from Veterans Affairs telling them that, due to
their diagnosis, a “guardian” was being appointed for them to
handle
their affairs. As stated above, how many vets realized that this
action would deem them as “mental defective” under the 1968 Gun
Control Act and strip them of their gun rights?

Moreover, how many vets realized they could challenge this action by
appealing the diagnosis? If they didn’t realize the significance of
this VA letter, most likely, the vets did nothing, as they were more
concerned with getting the monetary benefits that such a diagnosis
would bring. But, whether they knew these things or not, this new
law would still validate the removal of their Second Amendment
rights.

HOW WILL THE BILL AFFECT ME?

If you have been subject to a psychological or psychiatric diagnosis,
the following may be helpful:

* A diagnosis by your private doctor — with no government
involvement — will probably cause you no problems.

* The biggest danger remains the danger for veterans.  Although the
language of this bill could conceivably disarm adults who were
diagnosed as kids with ADHD in connection with the IDEA program,
seniors on Medicare with Alzheimers, etc., we know of no active
efforts to disarm persons in these cases — yet.

* The likelihood that new classes of people will be disarmed will be
directly related to the ease of accomplishing this though a computer
keyboard.  If your file exists only on microfiche in a dusty basement
cabinet, you are relatively safe for now — although, keep in mind,
the new law calls for monies to be spent on collecting and updating
records like this.

* Obviously, the question of whether a gun hater or Second Amendment
supporter is in the White House on January 20, 2009, will have a lot
to do with how vigorously this new statute is enforced.

WHAT CAN I DO IF I’M ILLEGITIMATELY PROHIBITED FROM BUYING A GUN?

In the unlikely event that you can get your diagnosis “set aside,”
“expunged,” or found to no longer exist, you can regain your
rights. 
[See section 101(c)(1)(A)&(B).]

The McClure-Volkmer “relief from disabilities” provisions
which have
been blocked by sponsor Schumer for 15 years have been reinstated and
expanded — so that they will now exist in the broader range of state
and federal agencies which this bill will allow to make you a
prohibited person.  Pursuant to negotiations over GOA’s objections,
we were able to secure very modest improvements which:

* Would allow you to sue to get your rights restored if the agency
sat on your appeal for 365 days;

* Would allow you to get your legal fees if you prevail against the
agency in court;

* Would prevent Schumer from defunding these efforts in the same way
he defunded McClure-Volkmer — by requiring the 3% of state funds
under this bill be used for these “relief from disabilities”
programs.

But here’s the major loophole in all of this. What minimal gains
were granted by the “right hand” are taken away by the
“left.”
Section 105 provides a process for some Americans diagnosed with
so-called mental disabilities to get their rights restored in the
state where they live. But then, in subsection (a)(2), the bill
stipulates that such relief may occur only if “the person will not be
likely to act in a manner dangerous to public safety and that the
GRANTING OF THE RELIEF WOULD NOT BE CONTRARY TO THE PUBLIC INTEREST.”
(Emphasis added.)

This language sounds similar to those state codes (like California’s)
that have “may issue” concealed carry laws — where citizens
“technically” have the right to carry, but state law only says that
sheriffs MAY ISSUE them a permit to carry. When given such leeway,
those sheriffs usually don’t grant the permits!

As we have predicted before: liberal states — the same states that
took these people’s rights away — will treat almost every person who
has been illegitimately denied as a danger to society and claim that
granting relief would be “contrary to the public interest.”

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

GOA is devising strategies with House and Senate members to restore
veterans’ rights. Please stay tuned.

Veterans Organizations get “F” Grades

December 18, 2007

Numerous Veterans aid organizations received failing grades recently. Wounded Warriors was not on the list at all, nor were many of the newer groups seeking to assist our military personnel that are returning to a somewhat hostile nation that they served to the best of their ability. No, it’s not like it was post Viet Nam, but it is a disgrace, and a national dishonor that Veterans are not treated with a solem degree of respect. They don’t want a parade, nor butt kissing. Just respect for having done what their nation asked of them. Hooha Hooha! We love and respect all of you!

Cross posted below is from http://texasfred.net/archives/845

Veterans Charities – How They Fared

EDIT TO ADD 12-14-07: Mr. Jay Agg, National Communications Director for AMVETS, has contacted me personally and has posted a comment in this thread, I want to thank Mr. Agg for his response and I also want my readers to know, Jay has been the only official from the list of charities receiving an ‘F’ that I have heard from on this matter…To the gentleman from Alaska that keeps trying to post figures and so forth about the PVA, you’re NOT an official of PVA and your link to Fishing in Alaska or whatever it is, is the reason I am not letting your comments thru, I detect a bit of commercialism on your part, if you want to see the PVA’s viewpoint on this blog, have THEM contact me and have them submit their comments, facts and figures from an official site and an official position like Mr. Agg did…

EDIT TO ADD 12-13-07: I have sent emails to all sites that garnered an ‘F’ in this report, 3 of the site had no email available and one was returned as undeliverable, no mail there I guessHere are the figures on how well some of the Veterans Charities are doing on a grading level, I am shocked at the grades received by several of these highly regarded charities, this is truly a disgusting situation and I hope this list and the story just below will wake a few folks up…

How many of you have the guts to re-post this list and the story below?? How many are going to take the stance of the Bush Bots and just blow it off and say all is well??

The American Institute of Philanthropy, a leading charity watchdog, issued a report card this month for 29 veterans and military charities. Letter grades were based largely on the charities’ fundraising costs and the percentage of money raised that was spent on charitable activities. The charities that received failing grades are in bold type.

Air Force Aid Society (A+)
American Ex-Prisoners of War Service Foundation (F)
American Veterans Coalition (F)
American Veterans Relief Foundation (F)
AMVETS National Service Foundation (F)

Armed Services YMCA of the USA (A-)
Army Emergency Relief (A+)
Blinded Veterans Association (D)
Disabled American Veterans (D)
Fisher House Foundation (A+)
Freedom Alliance (F)
Help Hospitalized Veterans/Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (F)
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (A+)
Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation (F)
National Military Family Association (A)
National Veterans Services Fund (F)
National Vietnam Veterans Committee (D)
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (A+)
NCOA National Defense Foundation (F)
Paralyzed Veterans of America (F)

Soldiers’ Angels (D)
United Spinal Association’s Wounded Warrior Project (D)
USO (United Service Organization) (C+)
Veterans of Foreign Wars and foundation (C-)
Veterans of the Vietnam War & the Veterans Coalition (D)
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (D)
VietNow National Headquarters (F)
World War II Veterans Committee (D)

SOURCE:
Veterans Charities – How They Fared


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