There has been great news stories for veterans the week of March 13-17, 2017.
Two of the most significant: the U.S. House of Representative passed two important bills.
The first was H.R.1181 – Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act:
(Sec. 2) This bill prohibits, in any case arising out of the administration of laws and benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs, any person who is mentally incapacitated, deemed mentally incompetent, or experiencing an extended loss of consciousness from being considered adjudicated as a mental defective for purposes of the right to receive or transport firearms without the order or finding of a judicial authority of competent jurisdiction that such person is a danger to himself or herself or others.
So why was this bill needed? It’s an almost unbelievable story.
In a sucker-punch to veterans, Obama’s Department of Veterans Affairs and their sorry VA Secretary Bob McDonald decided in 2012 to send personal medical and financial information of veterans directly to the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which can seize their guns in home raids.
The Daily Caller obtained a memorandum that outlined the entire scenario. The bottom line was that veterans could be prevented from buying weapons or have theirs taken away from them base upon an adverse medical opinion by any VA doctor. And the problem was there was no method for anyone to contest the result and the 4th Amendment for veterans was immediately taken away.
Well, that’s now fixed and an estimated 257,000 veterans can get their guns back!
The second bill was H.R.1259 – VA Accountability First Act of 2017 which amends
Title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, and for other purposes.
In other words, Dr. David Shulkin, our new VA Secretary now has official permission from congress to get rid of the VA employees who have brought of VA healthcare system to its knees. And the VA swamp can be drained.
Tom Porter, Legislative Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) said in an email message to their members,
“It has been nearly three years since the scandal in Phoenix alerted the country to the outrageous state of the VA health care system, and yet not enough has been done to ensure that the VA is equipped with the necessary authorities to address workforce accountability. The large majority of VA employees serve veterans with distinction, but there are employees whose poor performance or, at worst, gross negligence, put veterans at risk. They need to immediately be removed from the VA to restore trust within the VA system.
And finally, a story about which veterans will be cheering.
President Trump started bringing jobs back to America while he was still a candidate and he has continued to do so. But now, veterans are being included in that plan.
IBM President and CEO Ginni Rometty will announce plans to hire 2,000 U.S. military veterans during a meeting Friday with President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to a report.
Over a four-year period, the veterans will be hired as part of a software training and certification initiative.
Hey, it’s only just past mid-March and the news so far has been great for our nation’s veterans!
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Three Recent Reports On The 2nd Amendment Should Cause Us Worry
The attack on the 2nd Amendment continues without any pause whatsoever. For example, lets start with most recent examples of mass shootings: Sutherland Springs, Texas, on November 5th, and LasVegas on October 1. In both of these cases, as well as all of the others in the last several decades, the first words out of the mouths of liberals are “gun control”.
So, how does gun control fare in Chicago which has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country and a city that has the highest death rate due to gun violence in the country? In just 2017, 586 persons have been killed and 2786 wounded in that city. That averages out to 48 dying with 232 wounded each month of this year – so far. And in early December (1-3), 21 one people were shot with three of those who died.
Yep, gun control really works, doesn’t it!
Regardless, here are three recent reports of gun control that might cause us worry.
The first report occurred in 2012:
The plaintiff in the case, Dale Norman, was arrested in February, 2012, in Fort Pierce as he openly carried a gun in a holster. N
Norman challenged the constitutionality of the state’s longstanding ban on openly carrying weapons. But the state’s 4th District Court of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court ruled against Norman, leading him to go to the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Monday, November 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case thereby leaving Norman’s conviction in place.
Now one could argue that this was a state issue regarding open carry, but this is still a blow against the 2nd Amendment.
The second report is even more egregious:
The Honolulu Police Department issued a directive that has decided that all medical marijuana users must “surrender your firearms.”
KITV, a local TV station, reported:
In a letter dated November 13th new Chief of police Susan Ballard states card-holders have 30 days to surrender weapons, permits, and ammunition to HPD or to transfer ownership. According to the letter, the only way card-holders can get their weapons back is to get clearance from their doctors.
Now think about this for a moment: the report states
Not only is this is a violation of the Fifth Amendment’s protections, but since when did cops get to make such a decision?
Damn, well-said and straight to the point!
Now the kicker is the third report:
Sixteen retired military leaders have drafted a letter to Congress urging them to take action to pass more gun control laws so as to address the national crisis of gun deaths and violence. They claim that by not passing needed gun control laws that Congress is no longer speaking for the majority of the American people, but many will argue that point.
Obviously those generals are out-of-touch with “we the people”, that is we deplorables.
The attacks on the 2nd Amendment will continue, but, hopefully, sane heads will continue to succeed in keeping them in check.
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Backstabbing Authorities Just Began Confiscating Guns For Insane Reason – Met With All Out WAR
The crackdown on gun control had come to a screeching halt once Donald Trump took office, but that didn’t stop Democrats from getting their way. Without warning, gun owners are now waking up to horrible news about their Second Amendment right which has just been incredibly infringed upon in a way that’s beyond unconstitutional.
To control people’s right to their own safety and property is at the top of liberals’ list of what’s most important to them to regain son semblance of power. As such, they find any and every loophole they can to usurp citizens’ rights that they don’t like. Sneaky liberals plotted against Republicans and surprised everyone with what they were able to pass through the night, forcing law-abiding Americans into confiscation or face jail time.
The old saying goes that “nothing good happens after midnight” and that’s certainly the case as people law-abiding gun owners in Hawaii are getting bad news about their guns that they are going to have to give up for the most asinine reason yet. The tyrannical leadership in this state has just officially made weapons confiscation a reality for those who legally and rightfully purchased their guns.
The Daily Caller reports:
Hawaiian authorities have asked medical marijuana users to “voluntarily surrender” firearms due to their medicinal status. This may mark the first time a law enforcement entity has moved to confiscate guns from cannabis patients.
Marijuana users in Honolulu are expected to turn over all firearms and ammunition to the state within 30 days of receiving the notice, according to a letter signed by police chief Susan Ballard, reported the website Leafly.
The state’s first medical marijuana dispensary opened in August, but federal law prevents patients who ingest cannabis from owning a firearm. Marijuana is still categorized as a Schedule I drug by the government and is considered in the same league as ecstasy and heroin.
Twenty-nine states and Washington, D.C., have passed laws to legalize cannabis for medical or recreational use, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) issued a letter in 2011 saying there will be no exceptions for weed users with regard to gun ownership. The agency stated:
Any person who uses or is addicted to marijuana, regardless of whether his or her State has passed legislation authorizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes, is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and is prohibited by Federal law from possessing firearms and ammunition. – ATF
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in September 2016 against laws prohibiting medical marijuana patients from owning a gun, but unanimously ruled in favor of the government. The restrictions did not infringe upon patients’ second amendment rights because cannabis was found to cause”irrational or unpredictable behavior,” the panel said.
This new wave of unconstitutional control comes after the liberal state of Oregon created a different way to force legal gun owners to forfeit their weapons or face jail time.
Second Amendment watchdogs at 2A News, explains the bill and the government’s gross overreach.
On Wednesday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a Democrat-sponsored gun confiscation bill, permitting Oregon judges to order guns to be confiscated under an “Extreme Risk Protection Order”, based on hearsay evidence, and before the gun owner is permitted a hearing to challenge the order.
The law is based on Oregon Senate Bill 719 and was passed by Oregon Democrats despite widespread condemnation by constitutional scholars and gun rights groups. All but 4 Democratic senators voted in favor of the bill, while every Republican senator but one voted against the bill.
The sole “token” Republican voting for the bill, Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas, Oregon), claimed the law would “reduce veteran suicides”, and it was under that noble-sounding purpose that Democrat legislators steamrolled the bill through the legislative process.
Paul Phillips, President of Oregon Gun Owners, noted the hypocrisy and the underlying purpose of the bill. The bill, he says, will do little to prevent ‘suicides’
What it will actually do, under the guise of ‘suicide prevention’, is deprive Oregon gun owners of their legal rights under the second amendment. Gun confiscations, he says, will be “based on hearsay evidence alone, and the firearm owner is not [even] privy to a fair trial.”
This is liberals’ systematic and sneaky approach to total and complete gun control. If they take this right away step by step and piece by piece, as seems to be the case, it won’t be long before this right granted Americans in the Constitution is totally erased. Democrats will do absolutely everything they can to disarm Americans and won’t stop until they have made a sitting duck out of every citizen in this country.
Texan Goes On Live TV To Defend Gun Rights After Shooting, But His Shirt Causes A Massive Uproar
On Sunday afternoon, Devin Kelley walked into a small Texas church and opened fire on the congregates, killing 26 and injuring 20 more. Of course, the “compassionate” left immediately jumped on this tragedy ready to vilify conservatives and the NRA as the real culprits in this cold-blooded massacre. Instead of the mainstream media and liberal politicians sticking to the facts of this case, they chose to bypass them in favor of their gun control talking points.
The liberal pundits on the news all out ignored the fact that Kelley was only able to purchase a weapon due to a clerical error on the Air Force’s end. They also dismissed the truth that the deranged gunman was stopped from shedding more innocent blood by a good guy with a gun. However, Mike Jordan, whose son witnessed the carnage inside the Texas church did not forget those facts and wanted all of America to know them when he appeared on Fox News, Monday night.
Though what caught the attention of everyone was the shirt Jordan wore during his interview with Laura Ingraham that has enraged liberals but has garnered cheers from conservatives.
The left has wasted no time in politicizing the shooting in Texas that claimed innocent lives and has left the country in shock. Taking their cue from the Rahm Emanuel playbook of “never letting a crisis go to waste,” liberals have pounced on this tragedy to further push gun control onto weary Americans. Instead of the left focusing on the facts that the gunman only purchased the gun due to a clerical error and an NRA member stopped the shooter, they’d rather do their best to strip law-abiding citizens of their rights to bear arms.
So, when Mike Jordan was interviewed on Monday night to discuss the horrific event, he wore a shirt that had gun grabbing liberals heads implode.
Here is more from Conservative Tribune:
Jordan’s stand for Second Amendment rights didn’t stop with his attire. He also noted that an acquaintance of his son, who usually legally carries, didn’t bring his gun along to church that day.
“What if this was the day he didn’t leave that firearm at home? What if he did take it with him? …
“If you have one person on the inside that is armed to return fire, it may not have stopped people from dying,” Jordan added. “But it would have been a distraction, it would have gotten that guy’s attention.”
While no one in the church stopped the killer, another armed citizen did: namely, Stephen Willeford.
“I kept hearing the shots, one after another, very rapid shots — just ‘pop pop pop pop’ and I knew every one of those shots represented someone, that it was aimed at someone, that they weren’t just random shots,” Willeford said, according to KHBS-TV.
That’s when he loaded his magazine and ran toward the First Baptist Church, not even bothering to put on his shoes.
“He saw me and I saw him,” Willeford said. “I was standing behind a pickup truck for cover.”
“I know I hit him,” he added. “He got into his vehicle, and he fired another couple rounds through his side window. When the window dropped, I fired another round at him again.”
Of the two men, Stephen Willeford was legally allowed to own a firearm under the law. The shooter was not, but the government failed. Willeford stopped what could have been a greater tragedy.
There is no telling how many more innocent lives were saved if it wasn’t for the fast actions of the Stephen Willeford that day. And, while the left would love to claim that they are the party that stands for love and compassion, neither of those attributes will save an innocent life when a criminal is committing a crime.
The only thing that the left is concerned with is doing whatever they can to strip Americans of their rights to force citizens into full government control. The point of the Second Amendment is not only to protect ourselves from people who choose to do us harm but chiefly to protect us from a tyrannical government. If the second amendment was eradicated in the name of safety, then who would protect us from that same government that would choose to do us harm?
H/T [Daily Caller]
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