Dear Senator Feinstein, “No ma’am”.

A good man wrote this. CNN reported it. Here is his letter to Senator Dianne Feinstein in its entirety:

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.

Respectfully Submitted,
Joshua Boston
Cpl, United States Marine Corps
2004-2012

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6 Responses to Dear Senator Feinstein, “No ma’am”.

  1. R.D. Walker says:

    I bought my Colt SP-1 in 1986 in a private transaction. Can you imagine after 28 years of incident free ownership and thousands of rounds, that I would now be expected to, for the first time, get permission from the Central Bureaucracy to own it?

    Thank God I sold it this year. Now I won’t have to decide.

  2. Ray Davies says:

    I was so upset with the killings in Conn, and all the murders in Chicago, I took ALL my guns and conducted a burial in the deapest part of the Coralville Lake. Now I’m just waiting for the hasmat folks to get back to me on how to get rid of all my ammo and powder.

    “When it’s time to bury your guns, the time has come to dig them up.” Col.Jeff Cooper

  3. RJM says:

    They are still selling full auto nerf guns with 30 round belt feed at Wally World and Targea, under $30.

  4. RJM says:

    Letter to Senator Chuck Grassley.

    Permission by author to re-post.

    “Dear Senator Grassley,

    I am a long-time Republican, gun-owner, and supporter of yours. I am also a former US Marine (1969 – 1972), as well as a high-school teacher in Central City, Iowa. I teach Spanish, psychology, and anthropology (Iowa teacher folder #348452).

    I am acutely aware of the problem of violence in schools in other states, and honestly do feel quite vulnerable working in a gun-free zone, i.e., a place where only a person with criminal intent might be armed. As you know, almost all shootings in either malls or schools have taken take place in gun-free zones, that is, soft targets. The reason for this is quite clear: a person bent on shooting people is not going to go to a place where he will possibly be confronted by equal or greater force. There has never been a shooting in a police station or a gun show, for example.

    The root of the problem seems not to lie with honest gun owners, who in general are extraordinarly responsible people, but rather from people who are mentally unstable. One commonality shared by many shooters in the last two decades is that many of them are (or were) on SSRI (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor) antidepressants.

    If one looks back to the 1930s when guns were much more freely available, -as well as a time of economic hardship, there were no school shootings, none! Only in the last three decades with the wide distribution of these legal drugs have shootings become a sad fact of American life. Yet it is not just here in the United States where this problem exists. One can look at SSRIStories.com and find almost 5,000 documented stories of shootings, stabbings, and other erraticly violent behavior, predominantly among young people on SSRSs, in Europe, Canada, and elsewhere.

    While it is true that there are many firearms in the hands of private citizens, this is a cornerstone of our freedom. Firearms are for hunting and self-defense in a secondary sense only; primarily we have them as a bulwark against tyranny in government.

    The Founders of our country knew the importance of this extraordinarily clearly. James Madison wrote (The Federalist, No. 46 at 243- 244):
    “Americans have the right and advantage of being armed ― unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”

    We know all too well from studying the history of the 20th century, that time after time, governments that disarmed their people, first through registration, and then through confiscation, ended up murdering tens of millions of their defenseless citizens. This ocurred in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, China, Korea, Cambodia, Turkey, Cuba, Vietnam, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and many other places.

    Liberals and socialists will deride this comparison, and point to disarmed countries such as Great Britain or Australia; yet murders and assaults continue in these countries unabated, but now it is only criminals who have firearms -or have resorted to baseball bats, knives, swords, or bricks, for that matter.

    They say that Canada is a model country in this respect, but private citizens cannot carry a handgun except under the most stringent of conditions, and haven’t been able to do so since the 1930s. The common people are left out in the cold in this regard. This is the Senator Diane Finestein model, where she would have handguns restricted to the ‘nth degree (yet she herself has a concealed carry permit and personal bodyguards). The hypocracy is self-evident.

    I do not know exactly what measures will be enacted by the Senate and the House, but I do know that any legislation that leads to gun registration will immediately criminalize millions of law-abiding Americans who will not comply with such an enactment; we, millions of veterans (and non-veterans alike), jealously guard our rights and the US Constitution. Every veteran I know still takes very seriously his or her oath “to protect and defend the Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic”.

    We know with certainty, that if the 2nd Amendment is weakened, then it is simply a matter of time before all other rights will be negotiated or legislated away. The tragedies of these school shootings must not blind us to our larger purpose of defending our basic right to keep and bear arms.

    These tragedies are more a psychological screening problem, a parenting problem, and a problem of proper training and storing of weapons. The violence promoted by Hollywood and violent video games has played a role in this as well. Any legislation, at best, must not seek to micromanage the lives of American gun owners.

    Finally, we must be ever mindful in difficult moments like these, of the words of Willam Pitt: “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

    Sincerely,

    Wayne K. Swanson
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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