The Progress Left’s war on guns has opened up another front, this time in the epicenter of veterans affairs. At a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on Thursday, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) opposed an amendment to her Assault Weapons Ban legislation that would allow military veterans to continue to buy the firearms that would be banned. Feinstein says a veteran may be mentally ill and should be prevented from purchasing firearms.
Feinstein explained said,
If I understand this, this adds an exemption of retired military. As I understand our bill, no issue has arose in this regard during the 10 years the expired ban was in effect and what we did in the other bill was exempt possession by the United States or a department or agency of the United States. So that included active military.
The problem with expanding this is that, you know, with the advent of PTSD, which I think is a new phenomenon as a product of the Iraq War, it’s not clear how the seller or transferrer of a firearm covered by this bill would verify that an individual was a member, or a veteran, and that there was no impairment of that individual with respect to having a weapon like this.
So, you know, I would be happy to sit down with you again and see if we could work something out but I think we have to– if you’re going to do this, find a way that veterans who are incapacitated for one reason or another mentally don’t have access to this kind of weapon.
Mental health experts differ on whether those who suffer PTSD pose a greater threat to themselves or others. But several studies conclude that there is not a strong link between PTSD and gun violence. “To pick PTSD and highlight it in the way it’s been played out in the media is a gross distortion and contrary to what we know,” said Matthew Friedman, director of the VA’s national center.
The insane notion that veterans somehow pose a greater threat to society is not supported the facts. Our veterans have been honorably returning from wars throughout our history (Civil War, WWI, WWI, Korean War, Vietnam War, etc.) and they have NOT been responsible of any of the tragic modern day massacres. For Senator Feinstein to suggest otherwise is a personal insult to every man and woman that serves our country, and the kind of soft bigotry that only the progress left can support.