Talked to a combat vet probably from the war in Afghanistan or Iraq judging by his age. He saw our sidecar and stopped and was asking some questions about it.
He mentioned that none of the guys he served with no matter how badly screwed up they came back from the war are taking advantage of the VA's PTSD counseling programs. Reason is simple. The first thing they do if you mention PTSD is take away your gun rights never to be seen again. There is no way to appeal either.
This is so sad. You have a man who can't answer that nagging question of why he is still alive when so many he knew are not. He knows first hand that having a gun is the best way to ensure his own survival from experience. In light of what he just went through do you really expect him to give up his 2nd amendment rights on the slim chance that talking about and hashing through the nightmares he finally got free of will help him to be a success in the country that sent him to war? Apparently not
Now even though we can treat these guys and give them a mostly normal life our government has decided that it is better to make the fence just a little too high to climb to get to normalcy. I suppose it is one way to keep the true costs of endless wars hidden from the American people but a very short sighted one.
The governments plan is much simpler. Wait till they are antisocial enough to charge with a crime and babysit them in prison. Why change something that has worked so well for so many decades?
This has to be the ultimate slap in the face for these guys.
Next war I will bet you will see a draft or it will be fought almost entirely by non Americans looking for citizenship, because our kids will not want to serve only to loose the rights they fought for, for obvious reasons.
As a side note, here are the presidents plans for reduction of violence through executive order which are aimed at insuring that no one can own a gun whom the government has decided shouldn't. Even those who are citizens and have never committed any crime.
From here:Forbes Welcome
President Obama has signed 23 executive orders designed to address the problem of gun violence in America. The following are the items addressed:
Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions:
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make itwidely available to law enforcement.
11. Nominate an ATF director.
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effectiveuse of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to developinnovative technologies.
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
It does not appear that any of the executive orders would have any impact on the guns people currently own-or would like to purchase- and that all proposals regarding limiting the availability of assault weapons or large ammunition magazines will be proposed for Congressional action. As such, any potential effort to create a constitutional crisis—or the leveling of charges that the White House has overstepped its executive authority—would hold no validity.