On August 6, residents of Bonner County lined up outside the Priest River, Idaho home of veteran John Arnold in order to prevent the Veterans Administration (VA) from taking away his guns.
Arnold had received a letter from the VA informing him that he was no longer fit to own a gun due to the fact that he requires the use of a fiduciary (a third party) to handle his finances, which is one of the indicators the VA uses to determine who is or isn’t mentally competent to own a firearm.
A local TV station (KREM 2) reported that an inspector was to go to Arnold’s home to complete an inspection and seize his guns. Roughly “100 people” showed up to stop any such seizure, including Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, who had this to say about his presence at the protest:
“I took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and uphold the laws of Idaho. This seemed appropriate to show my support. I was going to make sure Mr. Arnold’s rights weren’t going to be breached.”
This latest attempt by the federal government to seize the guns of regular Americans comes after a story I posted a few weeks ago — where the L.A. Times reported that Obama was targeting some 4.2 million Social Security recipients who use a fiduciary to handle their monthly benefits in order to declare them incompetent of managing their financial affairs, thus preventing them from owning a firearm.
There are no guidelines for how these routine determinations are made or who makes them, but the primary criterion is the supposed inability of those who receive benefits from the government to personally manage their finances. And as I stated in my previous commentary, if the inability to manage money means you can’t own a gun, then Congress and the White House would be disqualified.
Obama’s fundamental transformation of America has been at odds with the Constitution from the very beginning, and nowhere has it been more blatantly obvious than when it comes to the Second Amendment.
On a side note: In the recent Republican Presidential Debate on FOX News, it sure would have been nice if the moderators could have put aside their secret plan and bimbo journalism long enough to find out what the candidates would do to protect our diminishing constitutional rights and save the Republic.
David Leach is the owner and publisher of The Strident Conservative where he is proudly politically-incorrect and always “right.” He is also a frequent contributor at RedState.com.
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