Shortly after the Sandy Hook shootings, Sen. Diane Feinstein proposed a new version of the 1994 assault weapons ban to be introduced at the beginning of this new 2013 Senate session. The new bill requires universal gun registration, banning of ammo clips greater than 10 bullets for rifles and handguns, and banning rifles with "one or more military characteristics." But her bill allows for "legitimate hunters."
What is a "military" characteristic? Being able to march on a parade field with it, holding the gun stock? What is a "legitimate" hunter? Food markets are found in all fifty states, so who needs to hunt for food, anyway? And we haven't even gotten to see the fine print of a bill authored by the same political party that gave us ObamaCare's thousands of pages -- an over one million word monstrosity. The fact is these two benign sounding terms, and the ambiguous term "assault rifle" are really vague weasel words to placate the gullible. But most gun owners are not gullible when it comes to new gun legislation introduced by Sen. Feinstein, a politician with a long public record of being very much against gun rights.
In 1995, Diane Feinstein created quite a furor as she stood at a microphone to say she wished she had the votes in the U.S. Senate for a total confiscation of every gun in America. That same year, Feinstein admitted at a Senate hearing that she had a concealed carry permit to protect herself from "The New World Liberation Front" which had shot out her windows and placed a bomb (which didn't detonate) at her home. Despite what seems to be a hypocritical contradiction, there is no conflict in Sen. Feinstein's thinking. She is strongly in favor of herself being well armed for self-protection. The rest of us, well, not so much. The rest of us can wait for the police to arrive. Or the ambulance. Or the hearse.
Recently, a retired U.S. Marine decided to answer Senator Feinstein's call for radically restrictive new gun legislation in a public letter stating his objections. The Corporal's words are a stirring reaffirmation of our rights as Americans that makes the case against the government's attempt to make us less than free citizens in our homes and homeland.
Corporal Joshua Boston's January 3rd letter has been going viral from one social network site to another and then on to many websites. It's 219 words, seen at the Family Security Matters political news website, Family Security Matters is reproduced below:
January 3, 2013
Senator Dianne Feinstein,
I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government's right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma'am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.
I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America.
I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.
I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.
We, the people, deserve better than you.
Cpl, United States Marine Corps