She also made some very questionable claims.
Feinstein argued that a military veteran could be mentally ill and suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and therefore should be prevented from buying the semi-automatic weapons that would already be banned in her bill.
The California Democrat also made the bizarre claim that the “advent of PTSD” is a “new phenomenon” and a “product of the Iraq War.”
How on earth is PTSD a “new phenomenon” when it has been well documented throughout the history of warfare?
Per the Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD is not a mental illness. It is not a mental disorder. It is a mental injury that can affect an undiagnosed mental illness.
Basically, Dianne Feinstein is discriminating and stereotyping people for being veterans.
This is discrimination against creed. It is a stereotype; it is offensive.
You cannot say that, because someone is belonging to a certain group, they are more likely to commit a crime. This is like saying that because someone is white, black, Spanish, Mexican, Jewish, he or she is more likely to kill someone.
This is highly offensive, discriminatory, and we should not tolerate it. Indeed, if it were any of the groups listed above, it would not be tolerated, and the person suggesting so would see their career go up in flames.
The same day Feinstein made her remark, Shawn J. Gourley, co-founder of the group Military with PTSD and author of The War at Home: One Family’s Fight Against PTSD, sent a letter to the senator.
“PTSD is a psychological reaction that occurs after an extremely stressful event involving the threat of injury or death. Anyone can get PTSD at any age,” Gourley’s letter to Feinstein said. “This includes war veterans, police officers, firemen, and survivors of physical and sexual assault, abuse, accidents, disasters, and many other serious events. So, as you can see, Senator, with all due respect, PTSD is not exclusive to either veterans in general or specifically veterans of the Iraq War.”
The letter notes that Feinstein’s bill contains an exemption for retired law enforcement officers, an estimated 18 percent of whom are suffering from PTSD, according to a 2012 CBS News report.
However, if the PTSD vet becomes a cop, then he’s exempt, right? Because PTSD magically goes away when you put on a different uniform?
This is an incredibly stupid thing to say for a career-minded politician such as Feinstein. Granted, she probably feels as though her seat is safe—and it shows a rather callous disregard for the significant number of men and women in uniform who call California their home.
It is sad that the men and women who volunteered to put their lives on the line to protect this country, its citizens, and their freedoms are treated in this way. Why go to war in Afghanistan or Iraq when we have an enemy right here, trying to take away our freedoms from the inside?
We have a citizen army, citizen police force, and a citizen-run government. Yet, they want to have an entitled few to be the only ones to express their Second Amendment rights, refusing those rights to anyone they decide are unfit?
Feinstein Moves Towards Damage Control
The question is: are you more afraid of a veteran with PTSD, or a politician obviously making highly questionable statements in order to push a political agenda?
We called Feinstein’s office to find out their position on this, they are in the process of trying to excuse the statements because of the flood of negative calls in response to her reactionary and discriminatory statement.
Do not forget that, somehow, Feinstein herself got hold of a CCW, which she obtained after an experience that would almost certainly qualify as triggering PTSD.