To be mentally incompetent means that courts have determined that you are not competent enough to make your own decisions. Frankly you have bigger fish to fry than firearms rights if that happens. What is funny is that after the NRA pushed blame for senseless gun violence off onto mental illness, now we're fighting that. Forget our own stances much?
I don't agree with much of it at all, but the blurb sent out to start this flame is basically mute and poorly cited. Why cut that snippet out and not post the whole letter; this is from page 2. Why, because it does not feed the needs of inflammatory propaganda to get hits.
I don't much trust doctors either, but what are you going to do? I really don't think that there is any great conspiracy. They don't want the responsibility for determining the level of a person's civil liberties any more than you or I want them to have it.
A person who is diagnosed as being mentally ill, senile, or suffering from some other debility that prevents them from managing his own affairs may be declared mentally incompetent by a court of law. When a person is judged to be incompetent, a guardian is appointed to handle the person's property and personal affairs.
The legal procedure for declaring a person incompetent consists of three steps: (1) a motion for a competency hearing, (2) a psychiatric or psychological evaluation, and (3) a competency hearing. Probate courts usually handle competency proceedings, which guarantee the allegedly incompetent person Due Process of Law."
If you think that a letter from the VA is going to ignore due process then I got nothing for you.
Edited by SECorBust, 25 February 2013 - 08:57 AM.