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Feds Take Aim at Decorated Combat Veteran's Gun RightsTim King Salem-News.com
Like other Combat Vets, Pat Kirby has PTSD. The VA says he has to turn in his guns or face prison. This is not a misprint.
(MYRTLE CREEK, OR) - Our newsroom has been contacted today by groups that wish to see the actual letter stating that Mr. Kirby will have to turn in his guns...
Pat Kirby answered his country's call to arms during the Vietnam War, serving multiple tours, suffering injuries, watching friends die. Today he has a letter from the VA telling him that because his wife takes care of their family finances, he is deemed "incompetent" and for this reason, he has to turn in his guns and relinquish his 2nd Amendment Rights, or face going to prison.
It's like a bad flashback to the attitudes that led to the creation of Rambo. Veteran discrimination has not been this pronounced in years, it seems the Vietnam Veteran is always asked to take a harder road than those who served both before and after them. Suicide rates of Vietnam Veterans are astronomical, much like their brethren from the current wars. These are all reasons not to humiliate and shame Veterans, of all people, without justified cause.
After returning from military service in Vietnam, Pat Kirby married his wife, Susan, and had a family. Pat lived what so many call The American Dream.
It went pretty well, considering that Pat suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) which, according to Dr. Phillip Leveque, who as a Physician treated approximately 1,000 PTSD Veterans at his practice, "Goes hand in hand with multiple combat tours -- years of service with a rifle in your hand."
Most Americans agree that those who serve their country under the most dangerous conditions, deserve their nation's gratitude. That system of belief is falling to the wayside.
As I have detailed in previous reports, elements of the federal government have been spending billions and billions finding ways to cause states to relinquish private information, specifically mental health records, and records for minor drug offenses. The govt. is using the information specifically to deny gun ownership.
Pat Kirby and his wife Susan are at the forefront of a national event and they are supported by large numbers of well equipped Americans who want to preserve the right to bear arms and the overall rights of Veterans who served their country with distinction, men like Pat Kirby.
YouTube Giveth, YouTube Taketh Away...
The first video I produced about Pat Kirby and Susan and their efforts to halt this government seizure of basic rights it is tracks, had just accumulated over 23,000 views, when YouTube pulled it from our site, and then, quite oddly, re-added the video within only half an hour, but when it went back up there were zero views. What kind of games are taking place? Others have pointed to the new video not holding visitor counts, I have been told the number has gone backward.
So, just be aware that this is taking place, there is no good reason for this to have happened, and it seems likely that the government is playing the non publicly responsive YouTube like a song.
The video is also going to be loaded on Vimeo, a much more stable site than YouTube, it is sad when political opponents must work in dark ways.
I hope as many people as possible make it to the meeting in Roseburg, it is a follow up meeting from a few weeks ago, the last one ended in a disastrous shouting match, representatives of various Oregon senators and politicians were no shows, people were gravely disappointed.
But this is put on by the American Legion, they are really trying to get to the bottom of some issues and supporting their mission and participating, and helping them help Veterans, is only a good idea.
Jerry Freeman is part of a new generation of dedicated news photographers who entered the Internet news industry as a
Teaming up with Salem-News.com he embarked on a
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