I’d like to think that the new media push to prevent veterans suicide is genuine, but I don’t trust the media, and I’m concerned about what may ultimately lead to the removal of gun rights for all veterans who have served in war.
It started with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), the classification of a veteran returning from war as having a “disorder” when he or she reacts negatively to certain events that may remind them of horrific incidents they experienced while in combat.
First, I wouldn’t call this a disorder, as I would expect any mentally healthy individual would react the same way.
My grandfather served in the Navy during World War II and slept with his bedroom door open his entire life due to being sunk somewhere in the pacific. (those with closed doors didn’t survive)
I wouldn’t consider him as having a disorder, and to do so, in my opinion, would only serve as to make him feel somehow inferior to others.
What I find fascinating is that we have gone to great lengths to classify a man who attempts to undergo surgery to transform into a woman as completely normal, yet we have simultaneously begun to classify veterans as abnormal.
It’s normal to jump when you hear fireworks after being in war. It’s normal to have nightmares after watching people die.
I’m not saying there’s no need to help these people, but I am saying I don’t consider them abnormal or mentally ill.
This gets to my concern.
For years, those who have been considered mentally ill have not been allowed to lawfully possess a firearm. Deeming this a danger to society, this subjective determination is as acceptable to society as the disallowing of a felon who served time in prison for murder.
The opportunity to manipulate this long-standing acceptance was stepped up when President Obama signed a rule that would report those with certain mental illnesses that prohibit them from working to the folks who decide if you’re qualified to own a gun.
I can hear Los Angeles talk show host Bill Handel right now, “Do you want a crazy person running around with a gun?!”
Of course not. But if you just change the way we define “crazy person” then maybe we have done a disservice to civil rights.
It was just a few decades ago that a man was considered mentally ill when he was a homosexual. Would Bill Handel think it was acceptable to deny him a gun? I bet not.
But a veteran?
The ACLU, in a rare instance of siding with civil rights, even agreed in a letter to oppose the Obama rule, which was repealed in February of 2017, dashing the hopes of the anti-gun people who wanted to use it as a way to ban guns without repealing the 2nd Amendment.
Now the anti-gun folks are forced to go back to the drawing board and repackage their deceptive attempt to strip veterans of gun rights.
This time as a “suicide prevention” effort.
Just a few weeks ago, Illinois State University launched what I would call “phase one” of this operation in the form of a conference.
Many of the 50 mental health professionals in the room could be classified as useful idiots, seeing an opportunity to cash in on billable hours in exchange for embarking on an effort to attract new patients.
But the most revealing commentary came from liberal professor Diane Zosky, who just a few months prior was engaged in an effort called Social Work Action for Engaged Citizenship, designed to inflame racist behavior in order to manipulate elections.
The local paper quoted Zosky as saying, “It is a tragedy that we (society) don’t do a better job of serving the needs of the veterans who return to civilian life.”
What is interesting was the paper’s assertion to inject “society” into her comments, when in fact it had no business being there.
What Zosky, a foot soldier for the liberal intellectual elite, was really saying was that “we” as mental health professionals need to do more to classify veterans as mentally ill.
This politically connected advocate of bigger government is telling us exactly what is going to happen: an effort to classify veterans as suicidal and “too crazy” for guns.
If we allow government to disarm our nation’s most competent and deserving gun owners, I would argue that we have not only lost the 2nd Amendment, but the entire premise of our government as Americans. For who is more capable to step in against a hostile and lawless government than a combat veteran?
If government can marginalize those who served, we will have lost the very foundation of our great nation.
Helping our veterans is important, but an effort to strip them of gun rights that is masquerading as help is not helpful.
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