Colorado Dem: Vets should not have magazines because ‘some’ are mentally ill

Monday, March 25, 2013
By Paul Martin

MARCH 25, 2013

While debating a gun control measure in the Colorado Senate Friday, Democratic State Sen. Mary Hodge urged fellow lawmakers to reject an amendment that would let veterans, existing military members and their families own high-capacity magazines by arguing that “some” return “with significant mental health problems,” Twitchy reported Saturday.

“Yes,” she said, “these are all great and wonderful people, but some of them come back with significant mental health problems and I think we need to check through that first.”

Republican Kent Lambert, the senator who introduced the amendment, engaged Hodge in a short debate on the amendment, responding to her attack on veterans returning from combat and arguing that current law already address those with mental illness.

“Mr. Chair, I really object to this stereotypical viewpoint that all military veterans, that all military returnees have mental health problems,” he said.

“Of course our active duty military people suffer from traumas of war,” he added. “They have since the Civil War. They’ve gone through battle fatigue. They’ve gone through soldier’s disease, in the Civil War is what they called it.”

“But to stereotypically say that we’re just going to have a blanket policy in this state saying that military veterans, who if they have mentally deficient problems or if they have traumatic stress and they’ve been diagnosed they’re not eligible to get weapons anyway. It’s already part of the law,” he explained.

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