PTSD & Guns

A military vet was denied a carry permit over care he received for post traumatic stress disorder.

11 Responses to “PTSD & Guns”

  1. Nylarthotep says:

    I doubt he’d get a permit just about anywhere. He was honest and trying to get help, so he get’s punished.

    And people wonder why Vets don’t seek help a lot of the time. The stigma of any medical treatment finishes you right there.

    Too bad those people who right the laws don’t have any reason to actually figure out what the right thing to do is. Bastards.

  2. Dave R. says:

    That is the logical extension of government enquiring into mental health. The act of asking the question concedes the government’s right to judge of capability.

  3. This post is extremely misleading; he was issued a permit (“The appeals board needed fewer than 10 minutes before voting 5-0 to grant Mechaley a gun permit.”)

    Other than the issue with the wording of the question, I’m not sure I can really fault the permit board. There are some cases where PTSD is severe enough that it should prevent you from owning a gun, so I can’t really say that requiring a more in depth meeting to look at it on a case by case basis is an outrage. And the statistics (only 30 rejections out of 4500 applications) make it hard to argue they’re tossing people out willy-nilly.

  4. Lyle says:

    I say it is an outrage. We’re entering the arena of “precrime” here.

    Now if I were to take the reasoning applied to other issues, like birth control, AIDS treatment, clean needles and abortion, I’d say the result of this sort of outrage is going to be fewer people seeking treatment for PTSD and other mental issues. Why put your rights at greater risk if you can find a way to deal with it on your own? Hmmm?

  5. Rivrdog says:

    I suspect that there are NRA staffers who read this blog, so I put this question to them:

    After the Virginia Tech mass murder, the NRA caved in on this question in their “compromise” with the PSH-afflicted gun-banners in Congress.

    At that time, some of us told you guys, in no uncertain terms, that this would happen, and you blew us off.

    First they came for the poor vet’s gun rights, but that didn’t affect YOU, NRA, so you shrugged it off…

    BTW, on a more general note, isn’t PSGH a form of PTSD?

    If a gun-banner has PTSD, should they be allowed near the greatest weapon in this free nation’s arsenal, the right to REMOVE others’ rights?

  6. Kristopher says:

    Agreed. The franchise is far more dangerous than any MG.

    On Welfare, or a dead-beat Spouse with kids on welfare? No voting rights for you.

    As for PTSD … this shouldn’t even be on the schedule as a disorder. PTSD is the normal reaction to being in combat. ALL soldiers should be treated and decompressed after a tour, without exception.

  7. Matt says:

    Combat is a normal human experience, not at all unusual in the long scheme of history. It is society that needs counciling, not the veteran.

    The modern world sends its children off to war and then denies culpability for its actions. The veteran ought to be confused by society’s denials.

    The Viet Nam War veteran, and before him the Korean War veteran, suffered untold damage when those who sent him to war failed to lift his burden from his shoulders.

  8. Bruce says:

    PTSD is a normal reaction to a abnormal situation. To deny someone something because they are normal is as hypocritical as it gets.

    Unfortunately, this country is full of hypocricy, Docs prescibe psych drugs to a degree now they are as a group the number one type med in sales in the USA.

    Yet, our healthcare coverage for these issues is signifcantly less than general health care coverage.

    I am far from a rocket scientist, but if all these people are taking these drugs, and it amountsto a significant portion of our society, more than you can gestimate. What gives! Societies denials and governments in action and rhetoric is enough to confuse anybody nontheless a veteran.

  9. Chuck says:

    Hey Bruce. Let’s look at your last sentance and ask what are you saying about veterans? I know you must think you havea thirty pound brain and that you are surley in touch with your Dr. Phil side but, to speak as if vets are lesser in mind power is quite stupid. I have been reading things like this for ages and I have never posted anything on any of them. I feel that it is now time to start venting about societies shortfalls. If the “in touch” people would stop worrying about everyone elses buisness and stressed the issues they have in the lives they lead then maybe we wouldn’t have so many people deciding to knock as many of you save the world types off. I know one group of individuals that if they no longer existed, earth would be a much better place. The “unbias” bias media.

  10. Jack Flannigan says:

    Both Matt (03/07@1:03) and Bruce (03/07@1:57) – well said gentlemen. These troops go off and defend us with sacrifices unknown – then return home to a culture that displays disdain. These vets (as do all combat vets) deserve much more for their devotion. Is it asking to much to give them the moral, and yes emotional support to cope with and overcome PTSD?. I think not. God bless our troops, they need to be held in our prayers each day.

  11. Overload in CO says:

    If I have ADD or ADHD could I be denied a permit?