In late July, Navy veteran John Arnold received a letter from Veterans Affairs representatives saying that he had been deemed financially incompetent after suffering a stroke. As such, an inspector was set to go to Arnold’s home and seize his firearms.
What the VA officials could not have anticipated however, was that Arnold’s neighbors, fellow veterans, and even the county sheriff were going to line up outside his home and protect the man’s Second Amendment rights no matter the cost.
A group of residents in northern Idaho lined up outside a Navy veteran’s house Thursday to protest claims that federal officials are planning to confiscate the man’s weapons.
Idaho Republican state Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard said the Veteran Affairs office has sent a letter to John Arnold of Priest River warning him that he cannot possess or purchase firearms.
The protest —spearheaded by Scott— attracted about 100 people. Among them were Bonner County Sheriff Daryl Wheeler, who promised to stand guard against any federal attempts to remove Arnold’s guns, and Republican Washington state Rep. Matthew Shea of Spokane Valley, who described the event as a “defiance against tyranny.”
“I took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and uphold the laws of Idaho,” Wheeler said. “This seemed appropriate to show my support. I was going to make sure Mr. Arnold’s rights weren’t going to be breached.”
During the demonstration, the group periodically broke out into verses of God Bless America, waving American and Gadsden flags in defiance.
While a VA spokesman claimed the group doesn’t have the authority to confiscate guns, the group admitted that an inspector was scheduled to arrive at Arnold’s house on the 6th and certainly had the authority to tell him he could no longer buy, sell or possess firearms.
Upon seeing the demonstration outside of Arnold’s home, a field officer with Bonner County Veteran Services announced that the inspector would not be visiting the house that day. He added that Arnold would be able to appeal the decision that he was incompetent.
A clear cut victory for Second Amendment supporters, and a heartwarming tale of neighborly love.
Check out the local news report by KREM below…
Comment: What did you think of the show of support from Arnold’s neighbors and fellow veterans?