Should Obama’s Department of Veteran Affairs Have the Authority to Disarm Veterans?

When Bob Costas said that preventing suicide justified gun control, he “just happened” to be parroting the logic of military “experts” regarding Veterans.  As the controversy over Costas scripted, NFL-promoted, remarks broke out, Stars and Stripe was putting out its own propaganda: “Experts: Restricting troops’ access to firearms is necessary to reduce rate of suicides”

There is no nice way to say this. Government absolutists are using their abuse of our troops as an excuse to set precedents that further erode the authority of the Second Amendment. The article admits that military policy might be a cause of the problem:

“The horror of war, repeated deployments, the operations tempo, failed relationships, financial problems, legal trouble, depression, PTSD, TBI. Many reasons have been suggested to explain the substantial rise in the suicide rate of soldiers that began in 2004.”

Well, I’m betting that repeated deployments, operations tempo, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder could probably raise the rates of failed relationships, financial problems, legal trouble, and depression. But the “experts” are completely fine with continuing to abuse soldiers.

“‘There are two ways to reduce suicide: You can make it harder for them to die in an attempt, or you can heal underlying distress,’ said Dr. Matthew Miller, the associate director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center at the Harvard School of Public Health. ‘The idea is to restrict methods that are the most lethal, to provide a second chance,” Miller said. ‘Means restriction,’ as it’s called in public health, has been proven to reduce the suicide rate in a wide variety of places.”

So there it is. We can go on re-deploying troops in Afghanistan forever, and produce soldiers who are much more in danger of killing themselves, and this provides us with an excuse to disarm them. It is truly a Satanic plan that not only adds the insult of taking over the lives of veterans and dictating to them what they can and cannot do, but also allows these control freaks to claim that anyone who opposes them doesn’t care about the safety of the troops.

And all our alleged facts are from establishment experts. While the self-serving Stars & Stripes article asks all innocently, “What’s gone wrong? Why hasn’t the Army or Defense Department been able to reduce the number of suicides?” Other stories have pointed out the shortage of support for these veterans and also perhaps that the “support” is actually detrimental. For example, when a vet killed himself in front of his mother, she found that promised mental health professionals had not been provided by the VA. “What has become of the them?”

So when we read broad claims that the government has “done everything” with no results, we have plenty of evidence to question how much they have actually done. Is gun control for the troops or to cover for their own incompetence?

But what if the “help” is actually detrimental? It was discovered that this vet who killed himself in front of his mother

“had numerous drugs, or the metabolites of drugs, in his body after his death. He had prescriptions for some of these drugs from three pharmacies in three states. Present in the body: Tramadol (pain reliever), bupropion (antidepressant), paroxetine (anti-anxiety), alpha-hydroxyalprazolam (metabolite of alprazolam, anti-anxiety/panic disorder), cannabinoids (marijuana), oxycodone (pain reliever) Prescribed but not present: Seroquel (schizophrenia/bipolar disorder), Paxil (antidepressant), Prazosin (high blood pressure), clonazepam (anti-anxiety), ondansetron (anti-nausea), cyproheptadine (allergies), Percocet (pain reliever).”

All of this is coming to a head right now

“A major defense-spending bill hit an unexpected bump on its journey through the U.S. Senate over an amendment on veterans’ gun rights… Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, wants veterans who have been deemed “mentally incompetent” to have their cases adjudicated by a judge — rather than the Department of Veterans Affairs, as happens currently.”

Why was the Department of Veterans Affairs ever allowed to cancel out a Veteran’s basic rights under the Constitution? Going to a real judge for a hearing should be an absolute minimal requirement for disarming someone.

And we all know why Veterans are distressed and depressed. Stop the forever wars and leave the Second Amendment alone!