David Schmecker, 50, is a disabled veteran with "no psychiatric history" who seemingly had his firearms confiscated and gun permit revoked in Connecticut for no apparent reason. It all started when he called the Veteran's Administration to get a follow-up appointment for a spinal injury.
George Hemminger of SurviveAndThriveTV interviewed the distraught Navy veteran who explained his story. Schmecker says that when the VA called back to schedule the appointment, he was informed that the appointment would entail a visit with a psychiatrist and a psychologist on top of his physical therapy and pain management session. As noted by Opposing Views, "It's not unusual for veterans to be asked to submit to a psychological evaluation when requesting pain medication due to the high rate of addiction." Regardless, Schmecker "refused" the mental health treatment, as he said the appointment was for a "spine injury." He indicates that after his refusal, "they never got back to me and they still haven't."
This is where it gets weird.
Schmecker went to visit a friend to attend a church service. When he returned home two hours later, he noticed that the police had called his house. He returned the call; and was told that their call was prompted by Schmecker's primary care physician, who wanted Schmecker to submit to a "Wellness Check." The honorably discharged veteran of the Navy with no mental or criminal history said he thought this was "peculiar" and went to the police station to "clear this all up."
He waited for quite a while in the police station lobby after speaking with the receptionist; and finally returned home where he again called the police who told him that they did not meet with him because they were "called away." The police said that they would come meet Schmecker at his house, and Schmecker said he did not want police cars in front of his property and that he would be happy to meet them at the end of his street. He proceeded to take his truck to the meeting spot. Schmecker indicates that he was "calmly just sitting there waiting," and a half hour later, the police arrived.
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At this point, he says that the police "immediately commandeered my vehicle" and said
- "you are not going anywhere...we are going to take your vehicle to your house, you are going to let us into your house, we are going to take your weapons, and you are going to a psychiatric evaluation."
He was stunned but did not dare to resist, as he said he would have put himself in a "worse situation".
Schmecker continues to say that the police searched his house. Did they have a warrant? How is it possible that a law-abiding citizen who simply refused a mental health evaluation for a spinal injury has his home searched, his weapons confiscated, and is thrown into a psych ward? Schmecker was "released two days later from the evaluation on my on recognizance."
- "I have since attempted to use the courts and attorneys to fight the revocation of my pistol permit. Then on top of everything else, the bills from the short stay at the hospital and EMS bills that they billed me, along with what I had to pay the attorney adds up to a large amount of money."
This story is perplexing on many levels. What prompted the VA to contact the police? Was it simply because David Schmecker did not want to deal with a psychological exam? Is that a ground to force a man into a psych ward? The story is reminiscent of Brandon Raub's forced visit to the psych ward for posting "threats" on Facebook. Has anyone else had this experience?
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