Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty teeth.

First Inaugural Address of George Washington...April 30, 1789

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Abraham Lincoln said:

"In this age, and in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it nothing can suceed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions."

James Madison Declared

The adversaries of the Constitution seem to have lost sight of the PEOPLE altogether in their reasonings on this subject; and to have viewed these different establishments not only as mutual rivals and enemies, but as uncontrolled by any common superior in their efforts to usurp the authorities of each other. These gentlemen must be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, wherever the derivative may be found, RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE ALONE. (Federalist Papers, No. 46, p.294; emphasis added.)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Veterans Administration spying on you?

Under federal law, anyone who is "adjudicated as a mental defective" is a "prohibited person" who may not possess or receive firearms. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) interpretation of this has applied this term "prohibited person" to veterans and
family members who receive VA benefits, but who are unable to manage their own financial affairs.
For almost 10 years the VA has reported these financially challenged individuals and their family members to the FBI for inclusion in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). This list is used to screen for and deny firearm purchases to these "so called" "prohibited persons". In a word they denied these people their Second Amendment Rights by interpreting what they considered a "prohibited person" is.
In Sept. 2009, the VA issued another directive to its regional offices, ordering staff to report potential (yes I did say potential) "prohibited persons" to the BATFE, where investigations could result in criminal (yes I did say criminal) prosecutions of GIs who were in combat, other veterans and family beneficiaries. Now they not only took away your Second Amendment Right but opened you up to criminal charges and incarceration. I thought we were fighting a War on Terrorism but apparently it included GIs, veterans and their family.
Finally after multiple complaints from the VA's own employees, legislators, and other organizations safeguarding our civil rights the VA rescinded this policy.
To safeguard our freedoms we must be eternally vigilante about individuals or agencies within our own government from slowly eroding our freedoms and their subtle and sometimes not to subtle attack on the Constitution of the United States of America. Be warned!


Gus said...

Thanks, Doc. Great article, and an important warning.

Remember: "the price of freedom is eternal vigilance." (John Philpot Curran (1750-1817), Irish politician and judge)

Richard W Gorski, M.D. said...

I really worry about the direction that the Federal Government is taking the United States of America. Will we recognize this country in 10 or 20 years, or sooner?