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Rep. Chip Roy defends veterans’ Second Amendment rights

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Rep. Chip Roy

By U.S. Rep. Chip Roy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Chip Roy (TX-21) has reintroduced the Defending Veterans' Second Amendments Rights Act, an effort to protect the Second Amendment rights of the brave men and women who have served our nation.

America’s heroes should never have to fear losing their God-given right to self-defense simply for seeking the care they have earned in the process of protecting our republic.

Yet, instead of focusing on securing the border or defeating foreign enemies like China, Democrats are set to take aim at our veterans’ Second Amendment rights.

I am proud to take a stand for our veterans with this legislation and to fight to prevent the Biden administration from infringing on their fundamental human rights to bear arms in self-defense.

This legislation would prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from transferring veterans' information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) solely because they have received a disability rating for a mental illness. Unfortunately, many veterans fear that if they seek care or benefits for mental health issues at the VA they might risk losing their constitutional right to bear arms. No veteran should be discouraged from seeking the benefits that they have rightfully earned in the defense of our republic.

Co-sponsors for this legislation include Representatives Eli Crane (AZ-2), Lance Gooden (TX-5), Andrew Clyde (GA-9), Andy Harris (MD-1) and Mary Miller (IL-15).

Read the full text of the bill here:…


Matthew (not verified)

28 August 2023

Yes, there are men and women in society with depression, and other mental health disorders and personality traits, where a firearm in their possession is unsafe for themselves and others. Some of those people I described are also Veterans. Since Veterans are easily identified and tracked, maybe the branches of government and the power brokers in DC can thoroughly study and vet Veterans, as far as their states of mind and competency to possess firearms. Could my little idea and suggestion be the impetus and compromise for the political issues of Constitutional and 2nd Amendment rights? I mean, you wouldn't tell a Veteran "You can't go to Church. You can't have a lawyer to represent you. And You definitely can't remain silent when questioned by government authorities." I just want government and federal employees to work diligently on evaluating Veterans' mental health and states of mind. Is that too much to ask from a public employee? Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle was killed by a Marine Veteran in crisis. That Marine Veteran was possible suffering from a mental illness. PTSD was an easy culprit. But studies and experiences show that mental illnesses may afflict some men at, or around, their early to mid 20's in all realms and circumstances. Military service, the 'war', or PTSD, has nothing to do with it. (But I'm sure traumatic experiences don't help a pre-disposed mental health condition.) That's why we need a "All Hands On Deck" approach to Veterans'' mental and physical health. President Trump was definitely on the right path in 2017 through 2020. But he was "voted" out of Office by jealous and spiteful forces. We have a chance next year to correct that misfeasance, the Good Lord willing... As a side note, lower gas and grocery prices will go a long way to ease the financial burdens of Veterans and hard-working citizens, alike. Then there's the catastrophe of Obama's healthcare fiasco, with outrageous plans and costs. And another side note, Do you think Veterans care about if the global temperature "supposedly" rose 1 degree Celsius? Do veterans care about if Antartica had one quadrillion metric tons of ice in 2005 (during the most extreme violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, when service men were fighting for each other, and to a lesser extent the rest of us in the US). Now in 2023, the South Pole has 999 trillion metric tons of ice? Here you go Mr. and Mrs. Veteran, gasoline is $4 a gallon. You have to be punished for driving 30 miles one-way to your $20 an hour civilian job, in a 16 year-old 6-cylinder 4WD vehicle. It only snows 18 weeks out of the year, why do you need 4WD SUV anyway? By the way, your pappaw's farm now has solar panels strewn about in the fields where there was nary a weed 30 years ago. Good luck passing the arbitrary NICS background check to by a .22 varmint rifle. And if you're wondering why am I denied a legit purchase? If you click on any news media website, you'll find out Pres. Biden is on vacation again. Not a care in the world, other than if he has other grandchildren out there to deny, from Hunter's felonious escapades, that needn't be discussed on "legit" news outlets.

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