According to a controversial bill that just passed the House, Veterans will now be prohibited from being placed on a no-gun list by the Department of Veteran Affairs, even if the VA considers the veteran to be suffering from mental illness.
Via Military.com: “The House voted 240-175 approving the Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act, which will now go to the Senate. Critics of the bill said it would make it easier for veterans with mental illnesses to access firearms, which would increase risk of suicide and pose a danger to families.”
“It’s going to result in more deaths, more suicides of veterans throughout this nation,” retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly said Thursday on a call with reporters. “It weakens our background-check system and makes our country a less safe place.”
“Kelly, along with his wife Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., created Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun-control advocacy group, after she was shot outside a Tucson, Ariz., supermarket in 2011.
Under current law, the Department of Veterans Affairs considers veterans who cannot manage their VA benefits and need another person to help with their finances as “mentally incompetent.” The department reports the names of those veterans to the FBI, which adds them to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System – the national database that gun merchants are required to check before selling a firearm.
The bill would do away with that practice, and instead require the court system to determine whether veterans pose a threat to themselves or others before they’re added to the database.”
It’s very unreasonable to say that veterans who have issues from war and letting them own guns makes our country less safe.
Suicide of our Vets is not a result of owning or not owning a gun. It is an issue of being neglected and depressed. Not receiving good care and support. When you’ll deport all those Un-Americans that loves to stomp on our flag that we fought and died for, and remove all the Illegal aliens that are occupying the shelters so our veterans will have a place to sleep at night, then you will stop the returning war heros from taking their own lives, as they believe their service to America was all in vain.
Veterans fought for and served this country… They above all else deserve to have their constitutional rights preserved and protected just like all American citizens.
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