Don't Automatically Restore Firearms To Veterans At Risk- And Response (2)

Friday, March 17, 2017

In the March 17 article, "Graves Votes To Start Cleaning House At The VA," Rep. Graves vocalizes his support for H.R. 1181, a bill that could automatically restore firearms to tens of thousands of veterans who may pose a danger to themselves. 

H.R. 1181 is the latest item on the National Rifle Association’s legislative checklist. Predictably, Congressman Graves and his colleagues are doing the NRA's bidding and ramming the bill through without due diligence.  The bill was passed by committee without a proper hearing, and the bill's current language is so broad that even its co-sponsor, Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), cannot adequately explain its mechanisms. 

In its present form, HR 1181 could retroactively remove individuals from the National Instant Background Checks System. Given the high rate of suicide among veterans, retroactively removing individuals from NICS could put veterans in danger. Additionally, in its present form, HR 1181 does not outline a process to determine whether retroactively removed individuals are, in fact, at risk of harming themselves or others.   

Members on both sides of the aisle have acknowledged past flaws in the fiduciary process the Department of Veterans Affairs used to enter veterans into NICS.  But the blanket restoration of guns to our veterans at risk of suicide is not the solution. Rep. Graves should know better.  

Andrew Patrick
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence 

* * * 

Mr. Patrick is right. 

As the Vietnam conflict was winding down, we were stationed in a military town where planeloads of military persons were returning home on a continuous bases. All I can say is, not everyone who goes away to war or conflict is capable of leaving either behind them and turning back into the mild-mannered Clark Kent when they return home. There are domestic violence issues (don't think the term was around during that time), child abuse issues, self-destructive behaviors and other anti-social problems to be considered, alongside the issue of suicide Mr. Patrick mentions.  

Whereas those things committed on the battlefield are often celebrated during war and conflict, society will quickly and without question want to lock them in cages when committed at home and on peaceful soil. Some tend to forget, however, that just as easily as wars and conflicts produce heroes they can just as easily create monsters. And there's no way of telling which is likely to be lurking in the shadows or when or if one might strike.  

Brenda Washington 

* * * 

Arbitrarily restricting the rights of a group of individuals for some perceived problem, a problem with about as much proof as the moon being made of green cheese, is about like restricting the rights of a group of people because of the amount of melanin in their skin isn't it. 

For those who are so appalled at the incidence of veteran suicides, maybe they need to look at the way they're treated. We take young men and women, teach them to kill bad guys and make loud noises, then escort them to the gate and say "Thanks. See ya." Then they have to beg and plead for the services promised them for going off to war so the rest of us can go about out merry little lives. 

It's just my personal opinion, but anyone, anyone, who would advocate restricting the rights and the promised services of our veterans should live under the same conditions veterans have for a while. A few months or years ought to do. 

Look in the mirror and ask yourselves "What have I done today to make this world a better place?" 

Vicki Rodgers
Nine Mile, Tn.




Will God Still Bless America?

Our homeland is in peril Dire straits no doubt Contempt for each other Voiced in scornful shout  We must desire to reconcile Our differences posthaste Beg the Lord for one last chance To earn his saving grace  We need to bind our wounds and heal Before the end is neigh How many tears must we spill Before our soul runs dry?  Heavenly Father, ... (click for more)

It's Been A Good Run

Six years ago, I made the decision to run for the Georgia State House and enter the world of state politics. It has been a challenging and daunting experience for which I am very thankful. It led me to national and international involvement for the state, meeting many interesting people of differing ideologies. Sharing ideas with both parties and listening to their views enabled ... (click for more)

Funeral Service For John P. Franklin Will Be Friday; Public Memorial Service Is Thursday Night

Funeral services will be Friday for John P. Franklin, Chattanooga's first elected black official in the post Jim Crow era. Mr. Franklin died Thursday at the age of 96. He will lie in state in the chapel of John P. Franklin Funeral Home from noon until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday,. Public viewing will resume at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Olivet Baptist Church, and a ... (click for more)

Woman, 20, Killed While Trying To Cross Highway 153 Early Sunday Morning

A woman, 20, was killed early Sunday morning while trying to cross Highway 153. The victim was identified as Ansleigh Kaylyn Harrison. At approximately 1:28 a.m. , Chattanooga Police officers responded to a pedestrian struck at 5256 Highway 153. A Toyota Sequoia driven by 31-year-old Asher Powers was traveling north on Highway 153 in the inside lane. The pedestrian ... (click for more)

Chris Douglas Wins Waterfront Triathlon Sunday

More than a thousand trim and fit men and women gathered at Ross’s Landing Sunday morning for the annual Waterfront Triathlon with McKenzie’s Kirsten Sass the only one of four defending champs to successfully defend her title. There were two races held on Sunday, including a sprint event that included a 400-meter swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run.   The longer intermediate ... (click for more)

UT Athletics Department To Host Tribute To John Ward On Wednesday

  The University of Tennessee Athletics Department and The Vol Network are hosting a Tribute to "The Voice" event honoring John Ward on Wednesday, June 27, starting at 6 p.m. ET at Thompson-Boling Arena. The legendary broadcasting and marketing icon passed away this week following a lengthy illness. He was 88. Wednesday's event will take on a celebratory ... (click for more)