The following letter, written by U.S. Marine Joshua Boston and headlined “No ma’am.,” was posted in the CNN iReport on Dec. 27 with the included note from the producer and photo. It has struck a nerve with many and is being circulated around social media venues like Twitter and Facebook.
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
Pretty soon, a person's only protection will be how fast they can run.
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“When they come for my gun, they will have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands,” is a common refrain I often hear from the Neo-Cons when there is a threat, credible or otherwise, that the US government is going to take their firearms.
And, when I hear this crazy talk, I agree with them openly. “You are right. They will pry your gun from your cold dead hands,” which I often follow with the question, “And where will that leave you except face down in a pool of your own blood [in] the middle of the street, just another dead fool resisting the State?”
This is not a question they are comfortable with, if only because the intent of their saber-rattling was to imply they would fight to keep their weapons, and win.
Nice fantasy. It’s not happening.
If the federal government decides to disarm the public, and when the increasingly-militarized rolls down your street after a not-so-subtle request that you kindly turn over your firearms and ammunition “for the common good,” it will be nothing less than suicide by cop to do anything other than what you are told.
The militarization of US police forces is ongoing and escalating. Many cities and towns now own tanks, armed personnel carriers, even attack helicopters, and almost all are outfitted with military weapons not available to the general public.
And, it is not just your hometown cops who are getting new boy-toys. The military itself is buying up weaponry not just for use in the current or next scheduled war, but to deal with the likes of you, citizens who don’t seem to understand that the Bill of Rights has been overruled, and that specifically includes, but is not limited to, the right to protest and engage in civil disobedience.
Also ignored (as if it didn’t even exist) is the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 which generally bars the military from law enforcement activities within the United States.
According to Public Intelligence:
“…for the last two years, the President’s Budget Submissions for the Department of Defense have included purchases of a significant amount of combat equipment, including armored vehicles, helicopters and even artillery, under an obscure section of the FY2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the purposes of ‘homeland defense missions, domestic emergency responses, and providing military support to civil authorities.’ Items purchased under the section include combat vehicles, tanks, helicopters, artillery, mortar systems, missiles, small arms and communications equipment. Justifications for the budget items indicate that many of the purchases are part of routine resupply and maintenance, yet in each
case the procurement is cited as being ‘necessary for use by the active and reserve components of the Armed Forces for homeland defense missions, domestic emergency responses, and providing military support to civil authorities’ under section 1815 of the FY 2008 NDAA.”
And, they are not just arming cops and weekend warriors for domestic purposes. Active duty Marines are now being trained for law enforcement operations all over the world (of which the US remains a part) specifically to deal with civil uprisings, and the US government knows that civil uprisings are coming to a town near you just as soon as the fantasy of a healing economy is shattered, the US dollar fails, and unemployment goes to 30%+ in real numbers.
And, to you tough-talking Neo-Cons with your AR-15 rifles and a few thousand rounds of ammo, here is the reality: they will take your guns, and no, all your Second Amendment bluster aside, you are not going to do anything about it. You are not going to take on a platoon of Marines with state-of-the-art automatic weapons and the best body armor you cannot buy protected by armed personnel carriers and attack helicopters unless you choose to die that day — for nothing. You will either be in the country or out, and if you are in, you will stay in and you will comply.
That is your choice… for the moment.
The military takes an oath to protect & defend the constitution not Obama & an oppressive gov't. I strongly do not believe that the military will ever take orders from Obama to quell Americans. Maybe I have rose-colored glasses on, but I have the utmost confidence in our troops' love of country & that they will honor that oath. (http://www.history.army.mil/html/faq/oaths.html)
Sandra: It may well be that there will be a serious split in the military and even in law enforcement if there were widespread move to disarm citizens by force and otherwise turn force on the general population in an "emergency" ginned up by the radicals in government, but they did go along on a more limited scale with providing military assets in the Waco fiasco even though that was contrary to law. Not sure that some at the top of the military and some law enforcement food chain (like DOJ for example and some in the Joint Chiefs in DOD) are as wedded to their "oath" as you may think. The problem is more with those in the ranks at all levels that are true patriots like the Marine writing the letter that believe the oath is really to the country and the Constitution and not a corrupt administration and political class. If things get to the point of the article (and they well may based on some of the stuff we've seen over the last few years), the real mess may be far bigger that Karger thinks with serious splits and conflicts within the "enforcement" groups as well. We've seen what has happened when societies disintegrate in whole or part as recently as what is going on in Syria today and what went on in the USSR as it split apart and not everyone that is part of the existing government at the time stays on the government's side.
Sandra: As a PS to my previous post, keep in mind what happened in New Orleans after Katrina and the order by the mayor to disarm people especially those who were defending their property. A lot of what happens depends as much on the mindset of the people given the orders as any oath or other influence. The order was illegal but was carried out anyway.
John, good points (Mayor Nagin, who somehow still got re-elected after Katrina, & Governor Blanco were seriously delinquent in helping those people) I'm basing my comment on all the military I've known through the years and what my husband tells me, who is a retired Army Cavalry officer of 23 years and teaches officers at Ft. Leavenworth. Linda's daughter has told her much the same.
Granted we haven't talked to every single soldier or Marine, but enough to have confidence in them.
Sandra: Am well aware of the oath officers take as well since I'm a retired Army major and my branch was Armor as well with 11 years in an Armored Cavalry Squadron. However, officers from Ft Hood provided support to the Waco operation and the Chief of Staff of the Army was more concerned about "diversity" rather than those shot when the islamist major (who should never had been promoted or at Ft Hood at all) performed his act of "work place violence"). They also have a UCMJ requirement to follow "legal" orders as well. The issue then becomes as to what the concept of "legal" may be on orders that came down. Keep in mind that two very senior officers were canned when they decided to go along with a rescue mission in the Benghazi fiasco after being ordered not to intervene. My point is we are in very uncharted territory with this very corrupt, radical, and incompetent administration and the Left's overwhelming influence in the Legislative Branch indicates more of a willingness to support them than do "oversight" so am not sure how much we can rely on what has been "common wisdom" in the past.
I think the wrong type of people tend to become Senior officers (not always, but quite a few). I certainly see your point. Good examples (or is bad more like it). There have always been problems here & there of crap that happened within the military, but this administration has exacerbated things to the nth degree with Islam as only one example. Still I'd like to believe that most of our soldiers would not bow down to whatever our commander-in-chief wants, no matter what it is. Still I admit I'm basing my comments on those we know or have known directly.
Thirteen colonies military defense which was in fact, next to nothing.....fought off and beat the Kingdom of Great Britain whose army was well seasoned and well equipped.
There are presently 240 million guns in the United States. If this present administration decides to violate and destroy the Constitution of the United States of America then there will be 240 million guns with their safety OFF.
I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;
If the military men and women who took this oath believe in it [which they do] then it will not be the military knocking on our door asking for our guns.
The United States Government is the largest arms dealer in the world so this whole scenario is not about GUN CONROL.
I believe that this Administrations agenda [ or whose ever agenda it really is] is to Divide and Conquer