Idaho Veteran told his guns to be confiscated- Not so fast, said the citizens
Update: Oathkeeper security teams from Idaho, Washington, and Utah have secured an appeal date for 70 year old John Arnold.
Priest River, Idaho –Veteran John Arnold received a letter on July 30 from the VA that told him that he had been found “incompetent to handle his finances.” It advised him that Veteran’s Affairs representatives were coming to do an inspection and confiscate his guns. A community showed up to stand with him on Thursday.
A matter of a small check mark in a box
Last January, Mr. Arnold had a stroke. When the VA filed the paperwork, a box was checked that said he was incompetent to handle his own finances, a situation that he denies. A small check mark and poof your guns can be confiscated.
Veteran’s Affairs uses the criteria that if a veteran does not handle their own financial matters, that is grounds for confiscation of their guns. (Which is a criteria now being proposed for Seniors on Social Security.)
The letter said that the VA representatives would be coming on August 6 for an inspection and confiscation of his guns. But residents and other veterans, as well as the local Sheriff came to his home and surrounded it to stop them from carrying out any such plan.
“I took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and uphold the laws of Idaho. This seemed appropriate to show my support. I was going to make sure Mr. Arnold’s rights weren’t going to be breached.” Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler
Approximately 100 citizens showed up at Arnold’s home, along with two legislators: Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley, WA), and Heather Scott (R-Blanchard,ID). The crowd waved Gadsden flags and sang patriotic songs as they stood in solidarity with Mr. Arnold. Mr. Shea stated that he went to Arnold’s home in “defiance of tyranny.”
Score one for the good guys – the beginning of the fight
A VA field officer came to the home, but was confronted by the crowd. He advised the people that the VA inspector would “not be coming to Arnold’s house that day.” He also said that “Arnold may appeal the paperwork stating he was incompetent to handle his funds.”
For his part, Mr. Arnold says he will work with the VA to settle this situation, which he feels is some sort of “mistake.”
“If somebody else makes an error and they cause you grief they should fix it. That’s all I want is that stuff to get fixed….I just hope everything calms down and I can live in ease in my life instead of worrying about everything and the worry shouldn’t be there.” John Arnold
Indeed, Mr. Arnold. And that the community stands with you is admirable. Keep it up, folks, this is only going to get worse.