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Trump Pentagon Health System Pick’s Opinion on Guns Shows He is Unsuitable for Position

Trump Pentagon Health System Pick's Opinion on Guns Shows He is Unsuitable for Position
Gun owners turned out in a big way for Trump. Why should we take his appointing a gun-grabber to an important post over military health care without letting him know that’s wrong — and why? (Dean Winslow at confirmation hearing–US Senate)

“I’d also like to, and I may get in trouble with other members of the committee, just say how insane it is that in the United States of America a civilian can go out and buy a semi-automatic assault rifle like an AR-15, which apparently was the weapon that was used,” retired Air Force Colonel Dean Winslow, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the military’s health care system, told the Senate Armed Services Committee during confirmation hearings Tuesday, The Washington Examiner reports.

“Winslow, a professor at Stanford University, offered up the assessment, seemingly unprompted, amid questions from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., about the military’s treatment of domestic violence convictions during his nomination hearing to be assistant secretary of defense for health affairs,” the report elaborates.

Somebody should tell this insulated functionary the weapon the citizen hero who stopped the killer used.

It would be bad enough had Winslow responded that way to a direct question. It’s also pretty obvious he’s trying to cover for the Air Force blowing it with required reporting on the Texas church shooter’s past.  To volunteer it out of the blue shows a predisposition to “progressive” academic elitism that makes it fair to question what he had in mind when he swore an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

It also reflects a troubling political mindset of some top military personnel exemplified by standing army standard bearers including retired Gen. Peter Chiarelli, retired general and former CIA director David Petraeus and retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, and others who have teamed up with career military elites to lend their names to “The Veterans Coalition for Common Sense.” That’s a wholly-owned enterprise of the Mark Kelly/Gabby Giffords fundraising and propaganda machine designed to infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

And it’s not like such oath-breaking is new. We’ve talked before about the late Rhode Island Sen.  John Chaffee, a Republican and a bona fide USMC hero of World War II and Korea, who even went farther and introduced a bill to ban handguns.  Other prominent military gun-grabbers include retired general and former presidential candidate  Wesley Clark, who called for a host of infringements including banning so-called “assault weapons,” arrogantly declaring “people who like [them] should join the … Army.”

And retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and former Secretary of State Colin Powell showed his sentiments, heavily couched in globalist weaselspeak to appear “reasonable” to “Meet the Press” viewers:

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Unfortunately, but perhaps reflective of the political realities needed to get to the top ranks in the armed services (the late Col. David Hackworth called them “perfumed princes”), warriors of equivalent political clout have not stepped forward to champion the truth to the American people, that:

  • The founders, fearful of a standing army, envisioned “a well regulated militia” of “the whole people” that Congress and the states have been deliberately indifferent to establishing.
  • That this was what they deemed “necessary to the security of a free State.”
  • That the right of the people, from which the militia could be drawn, “to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
  • That the people are entitled as a birthright, not as a government grant, to “every terrible implement of the soldier,” that is, to “ordinary military equipment” —  “in common use at the time” — intended to be taken into “common defense” battles.

For now, there’s not a lot we can do about gun-grab generals who see the way to further their interests is to further foreign and domestic interests in disarming Americans – aside from noting and exposing whose side they’re on to those within our spheres of influence.  But there is something we can do about President Trump’s wholly-unsuitable assistant secretary pick:

Tell him why his core constituency will rightly view that as a bad idea. You might start with the crappy way the health system for veterans has treated them so poorly, including as it pertains to their never-ending right to keep and bear arms. Putting a gun-grabber in a top slot is another slap in their faces.


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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.



  1. As a Trump Supporter and a bona fide “Deplorable,” I do NOT support retired Air Force Colonel Dean Winslow as a nominees to head the military’s health care system. Col. Winslow is not a believer nor a supporter of the Constitution of the United States of America. He has openly and publicly stated that he does NOT support the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution . Allowing Col. Winslow to serve in this capacity would be a slap in the face to our military men and women who are all volunteers and serve our country proudly.

    1. You’ve hit the nail on the head Leslie Ann. I’m a conservative and Trump supporter but I’m also a veteran and I’ve taken the Oath to defend the US Constitution from all enemies foreign and DOMESTIC. And we seem to keep running into more and more of the domestic variety who sit/sat in high places. It also seems as though when we get rid of a few swampers we spring a leak and find more of them.

    2. Our founding fathers considered it the “highest form of treason” for public officials to violate the constitution. Dean Winslow has shown himself to be a traitor.

  2. when does it become clear, lives and property isnt whats behind democrats, and some republicans, if facts and statistics had any weight, the gun debate would have ended in 1789, if it was Lives so many say they want to say, why do you continue to MURDER the unborn in record numbers?, the fact is this isnt about guns, lives, safety,…’s only about controlling those who have them.

    1. Well, putting them all in the 10 ring is pretty good control……(snicker, snicker)
      I couldn’t resist, sorry.

  3. President Trump…Appointing gun grabbers is not why I helped elect you. Don’t follow that slippery slope into socialism as so many have. We citizens can remove you as easily as we elected you…we vote and not one true blooded American will surrender his weapons without a fight. Your call.

  4. I have two comments on this article. It’s about time everyone, including the author of this article, shut the f**k up about the bad health care we veterans receive from the VA system. If we keep bitching and whining, the politicians in the District of Corruption will take our health care away from us. Secondly, even though most websites, including this one, require no threats of violence against our government, the very act of these politicians to take away our firearms, or restrict our right to own them, will cause us to use our weapons for the exact, specific purpose our founders put the 2nd Amendment in the Constitution in the first place. If we don’t rise up now, we sure has heck better do it then or we, and our nation, are doomed

    1. 2nd Amendment “… shall not be infringed…” The only reason anyone has to follow the gov’s statutes about their control over your guns and that is if you agree your are a person, natural person, individual or legal resident. All are entities. No reference to human beings! /;-D

  5. Mr. President,
    Once again your administration has chosen someone that would TRASH the Constitution, this time our 2nd Amendment right You need to instill some EXTREME VETTING processes in the selection of your staffing procedures.

    Now we have to be concerned about your selection of retired Air Force Colonel Dean Winslow as nominee to head the military’s health care system. He has stated how insane he thinks it is that in the United States of America a civilian can go out and buy a semi-automatic rifle.

    Mr. President, Americans believe in our Constitution, we think you do too. Anyone whom suggest that ANY part of that sacred document should be violated, disposed of or skirted around MUST not hold a position in your administration. We The People expect better from YOU.

    Proud to be an American and Native Texan

    Hugh Sistrunk

  6. As time goes on, we see more and more the kind of people Trump continues to choose. And it is BAD for the nation. Surely by now he has been told how bad Tillerson, McMasters, Perry, Cho, Mnuchin and not this liberal academian really are. And yet they remain.
    I am now on the bandwagon against Sessions. Add him to the list.
    Trump will continue down this road. And for that reason he will NOT win in 2020.

  7. The word “State” in this amendment should not be, and originally wasn’t capitalized. Thus, the meaning refers to a free state of being, not a governmental entity.

  8. Dear President Trump

    You certainly spoke loud and clear to patriotic Constitution lovers during and after the campaign of 2016. We, particularly those of us who use the best methods of gun control on the planet, meaning safe handling of all firearms, were drawn to vote for you and your platform! That’s why you won!

    So now we are seeing a gun grabber elitist being appointed to head the military health system. I know that is a complex arena, I am a vet and I saw plenty as a combat medic in the US Army. However I am concerned about a statement Colonel Dean Winslow made at a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing.

    He said: “I’d also like to, and I may get in trouble with other members of the committee, just say how insane it is that in the United States of America a civilian can go out and buy a semi-automatic assault rifle like an AR-15, which apparently was the weapon that was used,” retired Air Force Colonel Dean Winslow, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the military’s health care system, told the Senate Armed Services Committee during confirmation hearings Tuesday, The Washington Examiner reports.

    There is a strong move to disarm Americans. It’s ranted every time someone uses a firearm to murder groups of people in a cowardice fashion. However, may I remind you that the greatest mass murders (by that I mean the most people killed in a single event) have been done by governments against their own citizens! The nazis did it in Germany, the communists did it in Russia and in China, the Khmer Rouge did it in Cambodia and on an on to over 200 million democide murders of disarmed people by their own governments in the last 100 years or so. The University of Hawaii has compiled an impressive website illustrating just how staggering these stats are.

    Our Founders understood tyranny, despotism, and the criminal mindset, both civilian and government criminals, and so they emphasized the whole of the People as the Militia of the Several States and that “…….the right of the people to keep and bear Arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”! Because I would like to remind everyone in “the swamp” that our rights are NOT permissions from you in government but rather are “endowed by our Creator”! I sir choose to keep my semi automatic rifle to protect those I love from creeps like the guy in Texas who did something so unthinkable it’s beyond words. You should protect us from creeps in government who would deny me that ability.

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