VA stressing ‘gun safety’ to reduce veteran suicides – for now
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is emphasizing gun safety and trigger locks as a means to reduce veterans’ suicides.
VA officials claim they are not proposing bans or other forms of gun control.
“We are not gearing any campaign or messaging towards restriction,” Dr. Matthew Miller, executive director of VA’s Suicide Prevention Program, told members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee on Wednesday. “We are gearing our messaging and campaign towards safety, time and space between a person, a firearm and ammunition.”
The VA has produced public service ads advocating for trigger locks and stressing “best practices for gun storage and mental health help.”
While I am a huge proponent of safe firearm storage, I do not trust the Biden-Harris administration’s intentions when it comes to guns or caring for our veterans.
The administration added a red-flag provision for active-duty service members into the National Defense Authorization Act, which would make it possible to strip our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of their civil rights in much the same way the rights of civilians who live in states that have red-flag laws are violated.
The VA’s latest strategy bears watching, since every veteran I know owns firearms.
Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” cofounded Armed American News. Lee is also the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project, and serves on the board of Florida Carry, Inc. Until recently, he was an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.