This is what “We the People” is supposed to be about. A US Veteran received a letter from the Obama Veterans Affairs informing him that they would be coming to confiscate his guns. However, when dozens of the people around him heard about it, they showed up on his lawn to stop feds from executing unconstitutional authority.
PRIEST RIVER, Idaho — Veteran John Arnold said he received a letter on July 30 telling him Veterans Affairs representatives were planning to come pick up his guns.
Dozens gathered in front of Arnold’s home Thursday to support his right to keep those gun.
Arnold had a stroke one year ago. In January, paperwork filed with the VA stated that Arnold was financially incompetent and could not handle his own affairs.
Arnold claimed the box that was checked was done in error and he was always competent to handle himself. However, the VA said that due to the paperwork, Arnold was no longer allowed to buy, sell or possess firearms.
He was overwhelmed by the support of the community who showed up at his home, including Representative Heather Scott from Idaho and Representative Matt Shea. Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler was also in attendance.
“I took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and uphold the laws of Idaho,” Wheeler said. “This seemed appropriate to show my support. I was going to make sure Mr. Arnold’s rights weren’t going to be breached.”
Scott spearheaded the gathering, according to the Associated Press.
AP also reported that Bret Bowers, a VA spokesman, said that the letter was sent, but also said the agency doesn’t have power to confiscate weapons.
“We don’t send officers to confiscate weapons. We are about providing health care to health care,” he said.
However, somehow, this agency, which is not authorized in the Constitution and thus, has no authority when it comes to the rights of the people, especially under the protection of the Second Amendment, which binds the federal government, not the people, claims that they can declare veterans incompetent and keep veterans from obtaining weapons. Where is that in the Constitution? It isn’t there and these people who stood with Mr. Arnold know it. That’s why they showed up!
“This does happen sometimes, where the VA sends out a letter,” said Bryan Hult, veteran services officer for Bonner County. “Especially if a veteran has dementia … and a fiduciary has to be appointed to manage finances like a pension and income. You wouldn’t want that person to be in possession of a gun.”
But the problem is that the Constitution does not provide the federal government such authority. What does Mr. Hult not understand about “…shall not be infringed”? It isn’t rocket science.
Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), instead of pressing the teeth of the Second Amendment into the necks of the bureaucrats attempting to usurp it, proposed legislation that would require court action before barring gun purchases by veterans declared incompetent. We don’t need more laws Senator Cornyn. We need faithful men to uphold the law.
The people of the community should be applauded. This is exactly the kind of thing that occurred in Numbers 32 concerning the inheritance of the children of Israel and making sure that each one obtained what was rightfully theirs, others came alongside them.
We need more of this in America. If the people stand together, they are stronger than when they stand alone. I say well done to this Idaho community and the public servants, who truly demonstrate that they are just that, servants of the people.