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Change on veterans’ gun rights lights fire (Coburn wants decisions by judge rather than VA)
Washington Times ^ | Dec 3 2012 | David Sherfinski

Posted on 12/04/2012 4:16:24 PM PST by plain talk

A major defense-spending bill hit an unexpected bump on its journey through the U.S. Senate over an amendment on veterans’ gun rights, which devolved into a heated floor debate and foreshadows a potential battle over Democrats’ vows to tweak the filibuster rules in the clubby, traditionally collegial body.

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 — and argued that veterans who simply cannot support themselves financially are needlessly given the label and, as such, cannot buy or possess firearms.

“We’re not asking for anything big,” Mr. Coburn said Thursday evening on the Senate floor. “We’re just saying that if you’re going to take away the Second Amendment rights … they ought to have it adjudicated, rather than mandated by someone who’s unqualified to state that they should lose their rights.”

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1 posted on 12/04/2012 4:16:28 PM PST by plain talk
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To: plain talk

There’s a definite hidden agenda behind this. Does the status of ‘veteran’ stay with you forever so that their 2nd amendment rights are revocable by a pencil pusher at the DVA?

Recommended reading “Life and Death in Shanghai” by Nien Chung.

I think the agenda is to push an American ‘cultural revolution’ where dissidents and opposition are frequently declared “mentally ill”.


2 posted on 12/04/2012 4:25:52 PM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: plain talk

Big Sis says some vets might be terrorists.


3 posted on 12/04/2012 4:30:05 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: plain talk

Britain’s gun control push in the last century began with disarming veterans.


4 posted on 12/04/2012 5:24:40 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: plain talk

Along with many other bad things, this bodes ill for vets who think they may have treatable mental health problems seeking treatment. Nobody wants to be branded this way. Hence, lots of men and women with serious problems will do their level best to avoid treatment with its accompanying stigma and loss of constitutional rights.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 5:48:10 PM PST by libstripper
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To: plain talk

Makes being a veteran a moral hazard now. In the case of Hobby Lobby vs. Obamacare, the court ruled the first amendment didn’t apply to those who work for profit. Now making a profit or serving your country could be moral hazards. Ain’t this swell?


6 posted on 12/04/2012 6:08:38 PM PST by optiguy (Winter is coming.)
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