Joshua Boston, Cpl, United States Marine Corps, 2004-2012
CNN PRODUCER NOTE joshdb50 wrote a letter to California Senator Dianne Feinstein saying that he would not register his weapons with the government even if a ban on assault weapons is passed in his state. Senator Feinstein said she planned to introduce an assault weapons ban bill in response to the Newtown school shooting. The bill aims to revisit a 1994 ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004.
As a former Marine who has been with the military for eight years, joshdb50 says he has the right to own his firearms. Although he is no longer in the military, he acknowledges that he owns guns. He says he does not believe the government needs to know what guns he owns because he believes registration would lead to confiscation.
He says the laws that are already set in place for gun control are plenty, adding that more laws will remove a means of defense for people. ‘I own the guns I own because I acknowledge mankind’s shortcomings instead of pretending like they don’t exist. There are evil men in this world and there just may be a time when I need to do the unthinkable to protect me or my family,’ he said.
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Senator Dianne Feinstein, [D-CA]
“I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the governments 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 maam 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 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
Click here to read Cpl. Boston’s full letter.