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.
I guess she never saw Academy Award winning film The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).
Post Traumatic Stress has been around since man first engaged in battle. Only the names have changed. Further, symptoms of PTS vary widely. They can be very mild, and impose only the slightest burden on the well-being of a veteran, or they can be crushing, effectively destroying the veteran’s life. But that level of debilitation is extremely rare. Most folks with PTS are, and will continue to be, fundamentally healthy, contributing members of society. Indeed, while Sen. Feinstein thinks PTS is cause to bar veterans from owning a modern sporting rifle, the fact is, many people diagnosed with PTS continue to serve, well and with distinction, in the armed forces, and carry fully automatic weapons.
As for the police, no small number of officers are veterans, with PTS, and we entrust them with the very same weapons Sen. Feinstein seeks to ban from the general population.
Here’s the thing about police armament. Police officers have no more legal right to use deadly force than any private citizen. None. Nada. Zip. If a police officer is justified in using deadly force, so would be any private citizen. As a practical matter, there tends to be a deference to their judgment when they do use deadly force. But again, there is no Constitutional cut out that says “cops can shoot when you can’t.” If that’s the case, why then can police have access to weapons that the private citizen cannot?
Regarding PTS, Sen. Feinstein shows one reason why so many veterans that do suffer from PTS are loathe to seek treatment for it. They know, in spite of an aggressive campaign to encourage treatment, that they will be labeled faulty, damaged, and untrustworthy. And not only will this be an uneducated judgment from an ignorant public, it will be the judgment of their very own government, which will then seek to exert ever greater control over their lives and liberty, the very things veterans served to protect.