Dept. of Veterans Affairs won't comply with new NY gun law
Safe Act causing controversy
- Duration 3:06
- Date Mar 18, 2013
Safe Act causing controversy
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The new law in New York requires mental health professionals to report if they believe their patients pose a danger to themselves or to others and -- so.
Those patients could be stripped of their gun licenses but the Department of Veterans Affairs says they're not complying because it could deter many bets from seeking help.
It is fair here for a bounce today democratic strategist mark has here.
And twenty year veteran the Marine Corps gunnery sergeant Jesse Jane -- first off mark this law like you can see the point.
It may be people coming back from battle be unfairly targeted -- -- well I think.
That anybody -- seeking mental health treatment and poses a clear and present danger to themselves or to other people is you know a cause for concern the National Rifle Association has been.
On the vanguard of of calling for -- sort of a mental health registry of people who work.
Posing a danger this is their only remedy that they seem to be able to identify two the -- really horrific examples of gun violence we've had by people who are mentally unstable.
In the wake of new town in the wake of Aurora in the wake of Virginia Tech so I think it seemed like a pretty common sense us who love it New York passed well we know it is a case Aurora we know it by his therapist -- -- of but on red alert for his violent activities why do you think it is gonna hurt Jesse what do you think it's gonna -- veterans more.
Well I would expect a politician or somebody who's in the political -- -- think this way because they've never served on active duty or don't even know probably any veterans themselves -- 22 million veterans out there.
They have a right to defend themselves just like anyone else.
And mental health is a critical issue for our veterans.
And that the Department of Veterans Affairs already has tools in place that if somebody were a threat they would report it.
For us to legislate to an additional lot is and salty and makes a blanket statement that veterans could be a potential threat Friday and already has never stated they support.
That's right if I can just jump in real quick I wanna I wanna make sure it's very clear what we're talking about this isn't about the right to own a gun this isn't about the Second Amendment what this is about is the right to -- -- -- -- their privacy just -- popular I thought let's talk.
-- out and look I really appreciate and and guys that do we all your service in the service of the the people who go.
And fight for our country but the fact of the matter is when it comes to administering a -- this isn't targeted at -- and this is anybody who's.
Getting mental help -- in the veterans affairs yet to those veterans have to feel like -- -- -- right here Felix are being what it is targeting veterans Nikkei has the VA has refused to release these records and that's what we're on here today to discuss.
And if you -- served on active duty you would understand that we already got through a battery attest to serve our country proudly we are here to defend our country.
And our medical records to be kept private and Vijay already has measures in place so what are you chasing additional loss to glorify your.
He has -- -- -- my guys I appreciate your service if you're having homicidal thoughts about shooting up a school I would want a psychiatrist to name -- an -- -- report done that when it.
Oh yeah privacy but I -- not his.
His single guy has how do you share inside Jesse again -- mark had a good debate would you scratching the surface.
You wanna stop the -- shooting we wanna do with the right way thanks so much for your -- -- things right coming up.