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Bridget Johnson

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April 17, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Senators who support veterans rights took another stab at trying to defend the due process rights of those who have served our country.

Sen. Richard Burr’s (R-N.C.) Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act would have guaranteed veterans due process rights in having their ability to own a gun stripped away.

It failed this afternoon 56-44.

Currently, veterans who have a VA-appointed fiduciary to help them with their benefits are deemed “mentally defective” and are reported to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

The amendment would have required that a judicial authority determine that VA beneficiaries pose a danger to themselves or others before they can be added to the database that would prevent them from owning a gun.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, crossed over to add his yes vote to the amendment.

Needing a 60-vote threshold, though, even the handful of Democrats and Independents who lent their support wasn’t enough to push the amendment over the top. In addition to Sanders, those were Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Angus King (Maine), Mark Begich (Alaska), Mary Landrieu (La.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Max Baucus (Mont.).

As of July 12, 2012, there were over 129,000 VA beneficiaries who had been reported to NICS, stripping them of their constitutional rights simply because VA appointed a fiduciary to act on their behalf, according to Burr’s office. A fiduciary is assigned to handle disability compensation, pension benefits, survivors’ compensation, and other VA payments on behalf of a veteran, surviving spouse, dependent child, or dependent parent.

“Depriving someone of a constitutional right is a serious action, and veterans should be afforded the same treatment under the law as all other American citizens,” Burr said.

“…Our veterans took an oath to uphold the Constitution and they deserve to enjoy the rights they fought so hard to protect.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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This is something we need to fight, in general - Congress' inherent penchant to support Big Government over Individual Human Rights.
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Never let it be said that the Rights of the People are safe from the Congress. Remember Congress is a pile of thieves in business for themselves and one day 'We the People' are going to have to force a Constitutional Convention so we can teach these thieves who really runs the Congress, for those who do not know, it is 'We the People' and we must set term limits on Congress as well as set pay and benefits. They are no different than any other thief who gets to decide how much they can steal from the public. They must be limited in all things..... And we are the limiters... Right now, with out term limits our only tool is somehow drag the people to the voting booth and educate them.
With term limits we will have a built in method of diverting Populism...
To keep the Citizens free, we must force all bureaucrats to be Citizens too.
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The only people who should be denied the right to arm themselves are traitors and child molesters. Anybody else who is presumed fit to walk the streets like a free man should be packing heat.
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The vote was rigged. Those Dems were allowed to vote for it to save face. You'll probably find all of them are facing R's in their next challenge to they need a point or two from the NRA. On the other side, the VA has every reason to have a fiduciary assigned to your check. They get to keep some of it back, if they so desire. Not only that, but it looks bad that someone has to manage your money for you. It was THEY who decided that, not you. I took care of my Dad's money. They took my fiduciary away because I didn't buy him burial insurance. They weren't supposed to be able to tell me how to spend it, or they could keep it, that was the deal. My dad wants to have his body donated to medical science. Why would I spend five grand on a burial?
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I'd ask if they have no shame but I'm quite certain I already know the answer.

I'm a Vietnam Vet - come get my guns. And bring a lunch. I'm 65 and can still shoot the legs out from under a gnat at 100 yards.
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guess congress votes aren't as easy to rig as some, eh? been after Vet's guns since forever. w/o them any armed resistance to tyrants and such would be much harder. today the wannabe kang called gun people liars. used the word shameful? shameful?

just who was it that finally had to take exec. privilege (illegally?) to keep rep. issa from finding out just why our crybaby was selling 'assault weapons' to Mexican drug criminals by the thousands to be conveniently found at crime scenes? hundreds/thousands dead? truth? and just who (o & h) was spreading it around before f & f that 90+% of drug war guns came from the u.s., when the real # was a very small fraction of that? yeah, we all remember.

where is the truth 'bout benghazi? a video started it? really? that's all his stink tank could come up with? well, to be fair, I saw his pitiful excuses for documentation. computer generated in 1961. see what I mean? guess it beat the one uncle joe probably did for him in old crayon. speaking of videos, where is the video of benghazi? left the crime scene unattended for how long? convenient (again).

while on the subject, where is the video (new system) of that 120 pound expert rifleman samson breaking thru that steel school door? shot like an expert rifleman? no witnesses? and again, convenient.

well, show us some truth mr. devil. eating crow sure beats eating what we're expected to swallow every time our most famous commie goes into action. silence again?

hatred for true American Patriots is what he has. he would make a terrible task master. nasty I think this will become before we are rid of this curse.
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This is something we need to fight, in general - Congress' inherent penchant to support Big Government over Individual Human Rights.
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Congress knows no shame. But then the left fears veterans because they are trained and most have the life experience to not be liberals.
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Well, yeah, there's that. On a broader perspective, I feel that the right to keep and bear arms is such a fundamental one that due process should be required for the state to forfeit it, veteran or not. Court action should be required, and the person being stripped should have the ability to defend himself and face his accusers. Not just some bureaucrat saying that, presto, you are not fit to be a full citizen with no recourse (which is the status quo). The burden of proof needs to be on the state to strip ones rights instead of the burden of proof being on the stripee to disprove the state's allegations.
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