The VA Sees Guns as a Health Care Issue, and Here’s What VA Officials are Doing About It

by Pete Kasperowicz  |  published on January 8, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs has told local VA medical facilities to hand out free gun locks to veterans, in an apparent effort to help ensure the health and safety of these veterans.

The effort is the latest example of the Democratic attempt to turn firearms into a health care issue. Just last month, the Democratic Senate approved President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, who once tweeted that “guns are a health care issue.”

ut the VA effort is prompting some to question why the VA is undertaking this project at all, at a time when it is still struggling to provide routine health care to thousands of veterans around the country.

A VA spokesperseon told TheBlaze that local VA offices have been instructed to offer veterans free gun locks. “Suicide Prevention Coordinators at local VA medical facilities are provided gun locks through the National Suicide Prevention Program and Project ChildSafe,” the spokesperson said.

According to a letter received by a veteran that was obtained by TheBlaze, the VA sees the use of gun locks as a health care issue, and wants veterans to use them if they own a gun.

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