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Re: “Locked and loaded

I have a unique perspective on the Veteran's Court.... as I am a 2x Iraq veteran who was arrested simply by being a homeless vet living out of my car, and having nowhere to store my belongings except in my home.... which (surprise!) was my car. As my car WAS my home (it has since been repo'd due to legal fees that needed paying), and Colorado law states that a Colorado citizen's vehicle is an extension of one's home and is covered under the "Castle Law"; I needed no Concealed Weapons Permit to have my small firearms collection which I've owned for years prior to becoming a homeless disabled vet, and my "house gun" that were all secured in my vehicle and never left it. Yet one hoplophobe saw my small .38 S&W revolver inside my vehice and knew that I was a wounded & homeless combat veteran.... called the police.

I don't know if many people remember the memo sent to every LE agency in the nation by the Dept. Homeland Security this past spring; putting out a BOLO for "disillusioned/disgruntled returning OIF/OEF veterans with PTSD who are joining supremisicist/nationalist/anarchist groups" (quotes are mine, to paraphrase)..... but the CSPD immediately responded as if I was to be the next Virginia Tech madman, solely on the basis of one idiot's phobia & perjury.... as I was "Loading a gun, and threatening murder/suicide!" (quote is not mine, but that of the complaintant!).

I was arrested for something not a crime in the first place, by a CSPD officer who had the gall to check the law AFTER arresting me (for having a LEGALLY OWNED handgun in my vehicle not requiring a CWP).....
The police were notified for saying things I would NEVER even MUMBLE UNDER MY BREATH in the first place.... (I know how STUPID it is to make verbal comments hinting at violence while possessing a firearm in today's climate!).....
And instead of my being an honorably discharged wounded warrior counting in my favor, an El Paso County Judge & DA set my bond at $100,000 for a first-offense, non-violent F6 (lowest level felony) due to the "threat" I posed to the community as a "mentally disturbed veteran" in possession of a firearm..... which in of itself was a blatant violation of the 8th Amendment (Unreasonable Bond)!
I am not the only Veteran who is being pigeonholed by law-enforcement as a dire threat, as it is supposedly true that we all are afflicted by PTSD and are therefore ticking time-bombs.... and those of us who are lawfully excercising our RTKBA are a threat to everyone, period..... according to the DHS memo.
We shouldn't need a Veteran's Court, and this supposed PTSD pandemic amongst veterans causing all manner of crime is a massive fallacy that needs to be quashed.

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Posted by NoD on 10/07/2009 at 1:33 AM

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