Dan McKnight, an Afghan war combat vet, never questioned the necessity of fighting terrorism abroad.
He became disillusioned with the nation-building strategy pursued by Washington bureaucrats and hated the idea of America’s warrior class quietly shouldering the burden of an endless, politically unwinnable war.
That realization was the catalyst that sparked Dan’s healthy skepticism of government and led to his support for President Trump. That skepticism has now culminated in his blowing the whistle on the latest defense spending bill, which reportedly includes a red flag gun control provision that would strip U.S. military veterans of their constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.
Dumping gunpowder on this political powderkeg is the fact that House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) is a leading sponsor for this latest iteration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
The World Tribune reports:
Dan McKnight, founder of the Bring Our Troops Home veterans’ organization, said on the July 28 Washington Exposé podcast that the provision buried deep within the NDAA would deny veterans the right to own firearms in the event they are treated for a mental illness.
“It has no business being codified in the NDAA as it creates a template and precedent for other national red-flag laws. The military is already subject to the Lautenberg Amendment and UCMJ which gives commanders the authority to act in response to real domestic violence threats or accusations. The addition of red flag language in the NDAA is a dangerous and radical move to the left and will eventually lead to civilian enactment of similar laws.”
The provision, the hosts said, is on page 343 of the bill, H.R. 6395, which authorizes Department of Defense appropriations for fiscal year 2021.
“This is not about gun control. It’s about people control,” McKnight said.
It’s no exaggeration to say that the fight brewing between McKnight and Cheney could mold the Republican Party’s very soul in the post-Trump era. Whether the GOP returns to the tenets of neoconservatism or commits to our nation’s founding principles remains to be seen.