Dianne Feinstein: PTSD is a New Phenomenon

Dianne Feinstein

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) wants to ban assault weapons.  That’s not surprise.  She also seems to be fine with retired police officers being exempted from the rule.  However, she opposes veterans being exempted due to the possibility of PTSD.  However, Real Clear Politics shared this little bit from the good senator [emphasis added by yours truly]:

The problem with expanding this is that, you know, with the advent of PTSD, which I think is a new phenomenon as a product of the Iraq War, it’s not clear how the seller or transferrer of a firearm covered by this bill would verify that an individual was a member, or a veteran, and that there was no impairment of that individual with respect to having a weapon like this.

Really?  A new phenomenon as a product of the Iraq War?  PTSD, which means Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is hardly “new.”  In fact, it has a fairly long history.

Among the earliest diagnosis which would fit this criteria were soliders in the 19th century who were dianosed with “exhaustion.”  In World War I, the condition was referred to as being “shell shocked.”  In the Korean War, it was “battle fatigue.”  The term PTSD was coined in the 1970’s in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

In fact, most alive today are more familiar with the Vietnam era PTSD vets, as those are the ones that usually raised us.  How prevelant was the condition with that group of veterans?:

According to the results gathered using these assessment tools, an estimated 15.2% of male and 8.5% of female Vietnam theater Veterans met criteria for current PTSD (Schlenger et al., 1992; see Table 1). Those with high levels of war-zone exposure had significantly higher rates, with 35.8% of men and 17.5% of women meeting criteria for current PTSD.

When you think of the numbers of men and women who were in Vietnam, you see that there leaves a lot of people who suffer from this condition.  One of those, I honestly believe, is my father.

Feinstein may believe it’s only a recent phenomenon, but clearly it’s not.  Of course, she also believes it’s associated with war.  Guess what?  She’s wrong again.

PTSD affects a wide variety of people.  Among the most common victims are rape victims.  You know who else finds themselves suffering from PTSD?  Police officers.

Officers who have been involved in shootouts often find themsleves in therapy, dealing with the aftermath.  This is particularly true if they lose a partner in the shootout.  Oddly enough, these officers are often back on the streets a short time afterward.  Yes, armed with “assault weapons” as defined by Feinstein’s bill.

In fact, millions of PTSD sufferers have owned firearms through the years.  A miniscule number of them have committed any kind of atrocity.  However, Feinstein would punish these millions of people because of what a handful of people have done, most of whom don’t seem to have PTSD.  Now why is that?

Could it be because Sen. Feinstein doesn’t know jack about what she’s talking about?  Whatever you do, don’t let John McCain know…not that it would matter.  McCain’s not worried about taking shots at Democrats right now.


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