A while back, we wrote on the largest confiscation effort in U.S. History (our version of the story was, sadly, lost in the transition of old website to new!) as the Obama Administration was poised to disarm over 4,000,000 law abiding citizens whose only “Crime” was delegating the task of handling their financials to another person…all without a hint of due process. Apparently, the United States Government found some fine print in the 2nd Amendment that clarifies you have a Right to Keep & Bear Arms…so long as you don’t rely on someone else for your accounting.
And now, it begins… in a tiny little community in Northern Idaho. Apparently, the VA sent a letter to this United States Navy Veteran stating that they would be sending an officer to his home to confiscate his firearms. Why? Because he checked a box on his paperwork stating he gets assistance dealing with his finances. The “officer” was scheduled to begin confiscation yesterday (August 6th) but very quickly ran into several road blocks and a big brick wall. The County Sheriff, two State Representatives, and about 100 local patriots rallied to the vet’s home to protect him from this disgusting violation of his 2nd Amendment Rights. The VA denies that the trip was for confiscation, but does confirm the letter was sent.
According to the Associated Press:
A group of residents in northern Idaho lined up outside a U.S. Navy veteran’s house on Thursday to protest claims that federal officials are planning on confiscating the man’s weapons. Idaho Republican state Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard said the Veteran Affairs office has sent a letter to John Arnold of Priest River warning him that he cannot possess or purchase firearms.
The protest -spearheaded by Scott- attracted roughly 100 people. Among them were Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, who promised to stand guard against any federal attempts to remove Arnold’s guns, and Republican Washington state Rep. Matthew Shea of Spokane Valley, who described the event as a “defiance against tyranny.”
“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.”
A field officer with Bonner County Veteran Services made an appearance at the gathering at Arnold’s home Thursday afternoon. He announced to the crowd that the VA inspector would not be coming to Arnold’s house that day. The Veteran Service officer also said Arnold may appeal the paperwork stating he was incompetent to handle his funds.
Arnold said he would work with that officer to get things straightened out.
“I just hope everything calms down and I can live in ease in my life instead of worrying about everything and the worry shouldn’t be there,” said Arnold.
From best I can tell, this is the first actual case resulting from the new move by the Obama Administration, but given the White House’s recent track record of seething hatred for law abiding gun owners, it’s very likely this Navy Veteran is just the first of many whose 2nd Amendment Rights will be stripped without a hint of due process. While the VA is receeding, and claiming the decision “can be appealed” it’s still without argument that the move was made based on a box checked claiming he couldn’t handle his own finances. With election season right around the corner, the time to stand up and fight back is now.