First of all, I have no desire to disagree with any opinions expressed on this thread. All are valid as far as
I am concerned. And many are made with an 'on-deck' perspective that I don't have.
I don't believe this subject is about what 'has been' in the past or what 'is' in the present. Rather it is what 'might be' or 'could be' in the future.
As is often quoted in financial investment brochures: "Past history does not guarantee future performance."
I make note that the 'executive actions' listed below, as of January 16, 2013, have not been issued.
The text says the president 'plans to issue.'
It also says 'measures that must be adopted by Congress.'
This being said:
Federal regulations state in 27 C.F.R. § 478.11 a person shall be deemed mentally defective if a
"determination by a court, board, commission,or other lawful authority that a person, as a result of marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness,incompetency, condition, or disease: (1) is a danger to himself or to others; or (2) Lacks the mental capacity to contract or manage his own affairs."
Who gets to determine?
"Determined by a court, board, commission or other lawful authority.”
A broad spectrum that clearly includes the Veterans Affairs (VA).
That there are few known instances of VA doing this in the past doesn't negate their authority to do it in the future.
Presidential executive action #1 (below) would require that 'federal agencies make relevant data available to NICS.'
So the question at hand is: Will a diagnosis of PTSD by VA be allowed to automatically fall into any of the categories listed above.
(Note executive action #4, which might be interpreted to mean "Change the definition of 'mentally unstable' to fit broad standards.")
Some statistics indicate that up to 30% of returning war veterans suffer some form of PTSD.
And, to quote 7point 62:
" PTSD doesn't mean a person is a dangerous lunatic. People who survive bad car crashes or house fires or who fall down a flight of stairs can have PTSD.”
So, could it be that the opportunity to remove 2nd amendment rights to 30% of veterans in one fell
swoop just might be an opportunity this president will jump on with all four feet.
I attached the first seven executive actions. There are 23 total which can be read at the link on page 21.
Published: January 16, 2013
White House Gun Proposals
"...On Wednesday, President Obama unveiled a set of proposals to reduce gun violence, based on the determinations of a panel led by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. The White House described its plan in a collection of documents, outlining both executive orders that the president plans to issue and measures that must be adopted by Congress...."