By Nick Barringer MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS (EIEIO) The Tactical Strength...
The Not So Feinstein
By RU Contributor Mad Medic @WarMed_117 on Twitter
Senator Diane Feinstein is not exactly the most loved Senator when it comes to the military. Generally when she is not accusing the military of being sexist, or warmongers, she is suggesting that it’s an unnecessary expense. Lately she’s been trying to pass through an assault weapons ban—one that has zero chance of passing—but that hasn’t stopped her from trying to suggest that all people that hold “assault weapons” are ready-made psychopaths. In truth, every press conference that she’s held has only managed to highlight just how much she doesn’t know about guns, and also highlight a certain hypocrisy (she’s all for a concealed carry ban except for VIPs like herself).
While that sadly has been what we’ve come to expect from senators, her latest statement leaves the realm of regular Senatorial Douchebaggery and enters a whole new level that makes me wish I’d been born and raised in a different state. While debating an amendment to the Assault Weapons Ban put forward by Senator John Coryn that would exempt former service members, as he felt that veterans are the most well trained to carry these guns, senator Feinstein responded with:
“The problem with expanding this is that, you know, with the advent of PTSD, which I think is a new phenomenon as a product of the Iraq War, it’s not clear how the seller or transfer of a firearm covered by this bill would verify that an individual was a member or veteran and there was no impairment of that individual with respect to having a weapon like this.”
So PTSD is a new thing. That’s great; I’ll wake up Audie Murphy and tell him that it wasn’t PTSD that made him feel suicidal and got him addicted to sleeping pills. I’m sure every veteran of Vietnam will be happy to hear that too. Awesome possum. If I ignored the fact that she is woefully ignorant of what PTSD actually is, or that she’s apparently been watching too many bad movies about psychopathic veterans ready to snap at the slightest provocation, there is a suggestion in her statement that anyone suffering from PTSD is supposed to be identifiable. Does that mean that because I saw a lot of terrible things in Iraq, I am now untrustworthy? Does that mean that my medical records are now fodder for anyone and everyone to paw through?
As if to compound that statement she goes on to say: “I think we have to—if you’re going to do this, find a way that veterans who are incapacitated for one reason or another mentally, don’t have access to this kind of weapon.”
For six years I was trusted to carry the same kind of weapon we’re talking about. Two combat deployments totaling 1 year 8 months in some truly hellish places; and now that I’m here in America, I’m not to be trusted. The only thing that has changed is that I’ve taken off the uniform, and yet somehow my trustworthiness is now subject for questions. I’m not a hero, I’m not even that special, but I’d like to think that I have proved myself to be loyal and trustworthy.
The Senator from the Golden State clearly has no idea how insane her comments are. There are literally millions of Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Desert Storm (part 1 AND 2), and Afghanistan veterans who own firearms, and have never used them to commit any crimes. In recent years literally hundreds of thousands of veterans have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Keep in mind that many of those veterans didn’t get a choice as to what area of conflict they were sent to.
I have to wonder what she thinks we all do with our time. Of all the mass shootings that have happened in the past few years only one was committed by a veteran, and he was a world class ass-hat and a skin head that was booted long ago and never went to war. Indeed, looking at statistics veterans are actually far less likely to commit crimes than our civilian counterparts. The senator seems to think that this is like Rabies, and at any second we’ll all turn into a snarling frothing at the mouth dog trying to bite and kill everything in sight.
So what next? Are we to be flagged by the VA or the DoD? You think it’s hard to get troops to seek help now, just wait till we’re seen as a potential security risk. We’re fighting hard against the stigma of going to mental health, and the senator has raised the possibility that it will be next to impossible to fight that stigma. When someone NEEDS help they should be encouraged to get it. When they don’t, some—far too many—will do anything they can to stop the pain. So if the senator feels we are a threat and pushes the VA and DOD to classify anyone that has PTSD as a threat how many MORE suicides might we see?
Clearly the senator has been unaware of just how douchetastic she has been. That’s ok. Since this is a Republic, and We the People are really the ones in charge (or at least we ought to be), I have a perfect solution. Please call her office at (202) 224-3841 and let her know just how douchy this statement is. Because clearly people are not letting her know that she has insulted roughly 8% of the US population, I suggest you make a statement. Send her a letter. Write your own senator and demand they say something on the matter.
Senator Feinstein has either OD’d on Vitamin Douche or she is just a world class ass-hat, and I’m not sure which. Even leaving aside how anyone feels about guns, her treatment of service members and veterans is an embarrassment. Someone that uses soldiers as props come election time, then goes about doing everything she can to stab them in the back the rest of the time does not deserve high office. I would hope that the people of the great state of California would realize their error and elect someone else when she comes up for re-election, but frankly seeing as California is doing everything it can do out-douche the rest of the country I don’t see that happening.
Senator, If I did my job half as bad as you do yours I would be dead right now. My comrades and my country trusted me to use my weapon to defend them. My ability to do my duty and to act with all rationality when discharging my weapon was never effected by seeing my friends die. War is terrible, and I have to live with that, but I am pretty sure that I am far better equipped to handle any firearm than you. I am not some rabid dog that you must put down. I have committed no crime worthy of the suspicion you obviously hold towards me. I am a citizen of the United States of America and I have more than earned the right to be treated with respect by my elected officials.