Roy Exum: Guns And A Mad Marine

Friday, January 11, 2013 - by Roy Exum
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

You know the hysteria over gun control has reached epic proportions when Bill Clinton – who no  longer has nothing to do with it – grandstands at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to declare, “I grew up in this hunting culture, but this is nuts,” the former president said. “Why does anybody need a 30 round clip for a gun? Why does anybody need one of those things that carries 100 bullets?”

While I personally agree with him on extended clips on automatic weapons, you need to know the International Electronics Show has nothing whatsoever to do with guns but, because it is the biggest of all expos held in Las Vegas each year, it became the ideal place for Clinton to haul out his soapbox and add another crazy liberal to those the gun lobby loathes.

Vice president Joe Biden, hardly the most respected person in America, has promised he’ll announce “universal background checks” among his solutions when he unveils them next Tuesday but the FBI has already announced the number of background checks done in the month of December were the most ever in a given month.

As you scratch your head over the fact an FBI background check seems pretty universal, be reminded Biden’s solution will include private gun sales but – face it -- that no common criminal will dare comply with Biden’s plan. Crooks and thugs have never played by the rules, which is the problem the liberal dreamers among us must overcome. On Thursday a couple of kids were shot at a high school near Bakersfield, Calif. You think the guns used were legal?

Further, since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in mid-December, the hawkish National Rifle Association has added 100,000 new members to a total of 4.2 million who are very fearful that screaming liberals like Biden, either of the Clintons and – most especially – California’s Dianne Feinstein are going to take their guns away.

Feinstein, a California Democrat, has been a major advocate of stiff gun control and, thanks to her, California’s gun laws are a lot stricter than any that the federal government might suggest. Feinstein, of course, jumped on the Sandy Hook massacre to better her personal stance but already gun proponents all across the country look at Feinstein and fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi as the axis of all evil.

No matter what the “California wobblers” might suggest, the rank-and-file of the NRA (and gun owners everywhere) shake with rage at the mere mention of their names. So when Feinstein fired her latest salvo to ban assault weapons, a former Marine named Jacob Boston zoomed back a letter that instantly became an Internet sensation. Read this:

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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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Well, Dianne’s “office” immediately responded with the typical letter, reeking of political “non-speak” and thanked Cpl. Boston for his service to his country, but far better was the undertone. Of all the people who have polarized the country, you aren’t going to get much better than Biden, Feinstein, Pelosi and Clinton. Only Harry Reid is now missing.

The NRA membership, as well as most private gun owners, is largely conservative. They forget that in 1978, when Feinstein served on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors, she watched in total terror as former city manager Dan White shot and killed George Moscone and Harvey Milk. White used a pistol – not an assault rifle – but Dianne has hated guns ever since and has let it be widely known.

So now there is a second factor in gun-law reform that needs to be recognized. The first is that no criminals are going to play be the rules, whatever they might be. It ain’t happening. And now the second is that when you gather the most polarizing politicians of all time to try to sell the idea to the American public, the snickers are going to be worse than the juvenile manner Joe Biden used to disgrace himself – and our country – in the recent vice presidential debates before the election.

That Marine spoke for many, trust me.

royexum@aol.com



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