Firearms Restrictions: A Marine’s Open Letter to Diane Feinstein

| January 1 2013
David Leeper

US Marine Corporal (Ret) Joshua Boston has penned an open letter to Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) regarding her attempt to pass new federal laws to infringe, still further, upon the right of US citizens to keep and bear arms.

Corporal Boston’s style is incisive and unequivocal — a welcome change from that of Washington’s usual gas-bag politicians.

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 [as being criminal]. 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

19 comments
Jay
Jay

thank you for your service to our country. SaddenedOne has a problem in that he assumes he is free because of his wish to be free. He is free because of the GIs for the last 200 + years and their use of guns to preserve that freedom. SaddenedOne needs to look around at the guns that protect him and his every day, Police, etc. He made a statment that did not have any back up as "We, the people, deserve better soldiers, as well as more honorable citizens, than you" He wants the comfort level the GIs give him but does not want to acknowledge the need for them and the equipment used. He is a very sad person.

SaddenedOne
SaddenedOne

I find soldiers like you, who respect the war machine, but not the civilian process meant to keep people like you at bay, are part of the reason why we have terror and fear expressed on our shores. A marine was the first school shooter, and I know more marines who have disgraced their oaths, than I do who have faithfully and diligently served. It is letters like this, that continue to lead our country to disunity, and disruption. We, the people, deserve better soldiers, as well as more honorable citizens, than you. You are not solution based, or problem solving.. You claim to have learned, through your fighting. You claim to be no serf, but looking at our foreign policy, and illegal wars that your claimed tenure would have fallen under, I would at the very least consider you a mercenary. A serf would be bound to their oaths and pledge of service. I just hope that more innocent blood does not spill on US shores, because of people like you, who would rather put their head in the sand, with a finger on the trigger. I am pro-2nd amendment, I am anti-sedition. 

proud american 999
proud american 999

thank you for your service to our country and i wish every service man or woman through out our country would do this same thing!!! The whole purpose of the second amendment was to make sure we the american people could defend ourselves from the tierney of our own government!!!

 

thanks again

 

proud american

Steve860
Steve860

Cpl Boston,

Very well said, as others have said, there should be more of us like you and stand up for what is right. Thank you for your service, thank you for protecting my/our freedoms.

KayMerkelBoruff
KayMerkelBoruff

Cpl Joshua Boston: AMEN. Thanks for your service & thanks for your letter. I lived in VIet-Nam 68-70 & was married to an AIr America pilot KIA Laos 18 Feb 70. My brother was 101st Airborne w/ 2 tours VN & Special Ops Rhodesia. After 43 yrs teaching at a girls' school, I volunteer at the VA Hosp teaching creative writing in their Vet Recovery Center. As my brother reminded me: Watch your 6:00.

theodore
theodore

hey i love you Corporal boston. you got my vote buddy! my ancestors were in consentrationcamps, cause of "gun control" they couldnt defend themselves against Musselini, and Hitler, im Italian and german, so wake up epople! were in the end times!  keep up teh good work, Corporal, i respect you, and thank you for defending our Constitution.They dont care about us! its all about them controlling our lives! God bless you.Sincerely, Rita.

AJLeibengeist
AJLeibengeist

USN Disabled Vet 1986-1991.   I agree.  I've used my weapons in the defense of neighbors from armed robbers.  I was injured but would do it again if needed.   It helped catch one of the intruders who was on his third escape from juvi committing more and more serious crimes each time.   Remember the old saying, that when guns are criminal, then only criminals will have guns.  

SaddenedOne
SaddenedOne

I responded to your remarks, in the thread I posted. If you need further clarification, ask, before making baseless accusations, and assumptions of my intent, and my wishes. I am a grown American, who can speak for himself.

 

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

We also have to remember that guns in the hands of private citizens are a HUGE part of the reason why we are free.

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

 @SaddenedOne Is there a line that a government can cross beyond which resistance becomes, in your view, justified and no longer seditious? If the answer is no, then we are left with no recourse against the possibility, however remote, of complete tyranny. If the answer is yes, then you and Cpl Boston agree, but you only disagree as to where that line is drawn.

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

 @KayMerkelBoruff Yes, it would be far better for Cpl Boston, and for all of us, if more soldiers sent similar letters. Strength in numbers.

WesternFreePress
WesternFreePress moderator

 @theodore You are right that the cognoscenti of the left have no interest in restricting gun ownership out of concern for public safety. The rank and file may, but the cognoscenti are after control, plain and simple.

SaddenedOne
SaddenedOne

@WesternFreePress Yes, there is an appropriate time and place for resistance and revolution. No one said disarm Americans. There is supposed to be dialogue, and joint steps taken, to overcome the evil that inspires men to go shoot students and children. Hearing that servicemen who are no longer in the service, are challenging the elected representatives, on something that their kind would be the ones taking, seems a bit of a stretch. GIs like Bolton, if he is in fact willing to stand up to tyranny, will be shooting his brothers in spirit. Semper Fi goes only so far, in discussions that are bigger than the military, the government, and the individual. Statements like his letter, may even embolden attackers to use less restraint, should we ever have the invasion of our shores again. I was reprimanded for my "lack of knowledge" regarding guns and GIs in our country... I would love to participate in a discussion group, on that topic.. We could discuss, case by case, how CIA and US Armed Forces have actually made things less safe, when they got involved in politics, home and abroad.Groups like the military and police, who would be the ones taking away the weapons and are trained to take on military grade weapons and urban combat; as well as the NRA; who profit off of members who feel they need a union to make sure they are protected, have an invested interest in conflict. I am saddened, because men in uniform seem to change their views, once they leave the service. Protecting the homeland only matters when it comes to outsiders or evil Americans. Pre-emptive strikes against terror, is only allowed in other countries. 

I am proud of our soldiers, when they are in defense of our country, and I am proud of my soldiers and navy men who have served in each generation of my family, since pre-Secession times . I am not proud of the service abroad that has been on our behalf since 1950.  I am not proud that people with special interests determine my safety based on their whims, profit margins, and membership interests.  I had an SKS, I have guns. I hunt. I support a well trained militia. I support soldiers who serve with their actions. I do not support partisan and industrial fear-mongering. I do not support bans, I support common sense, and logic over rage and opinion. My home has been robbed at gunpoint, when I wasn't there. I have seen people hurt, and I see people who serve the people, doing it. I see former military forget their ethics, and become corrupt cops. I live in a town, that lost high schoolers, and teachers, to a trained, certified person, who was legally allowed to have the gun he owned, and legally allowed to be around the guns he stole; before murdering his parents; who were avid gun enthusiasts, and responsible gun owners. He went to school, and took out his friends, his classmates, and strangers.. I was in middle school when this happened. I got to go to school, with all the safety precautions, that the Right said were missing I got to experience the extra hoops, that came involved with buying my guns, that the Left got put in place. Discussion, and dialogue, and solutions, come from laying things out, and making decisions that are for the best of all, without losing our constitutional rights. Our own constitution, was adopted under force and trickery, so I am certainly wary of people who claim to have it in our interest, when they speak irrationally, and impassioned, while dropping rank and service as their qualifier. The rules we have, were to stop soldiers from invading their own people... Why is being a soldier, giving people credibility in talks about defending against government intrusion. His points may be valid, to some extent, but they are not presented in a way that would help Congress, only issuing a veiled threat, and using service as a conditioner to pay heed. That is tyranny, in another form, in my estimation.

SaddenedOne
SaddenedOne

 @WesternFreePress  Prescription is actually having candid conversations... To take into consideration, things that passion, or ignorance blind, and fear amplifies. What is going on, with guns, in our nation, is much akin to what happened with the banks, in the early part of the 20th century. Get someone trusted or knowledgeable, to say there is not going to be enough, to be safe, and that people are going to take it all, and then watch the run on the banks, people scrambling, in the name of freedom and safety, to their own detriment, in the end, but at the guidance of people who clearly have their own agenda, such as the NRA, Gun manufacturers, and people who want the union broke up/divided.  A more perfect union, does not come from former enlisted men, making idle threats, and throwing around their service as a warning. Their service has given them the training, to do what they are saying their brothers will do... So those who may have a disagreement, are already dealing with the threat of force, by merely participating in the conversation regarding freedom, and public safety. .

SaddenedOne
SaddenedOne

 @WesternFreePress  Prescription is actually having candid conversations... To take into consideration, things that passion, or ignorance blind, and fear amplifies. What is going on, with guns, in our nation, is much akin to what happened with the banks, in the early part of the 20th century. Get someone trusted or knowledgeable, to say there is not going to be enough, to be safe, and that people are going to take it all, and then watch the run on the banks, people scrambling, in the name of freedom and safety, to their own detriment, in the end, but at the guidance of people who clearly have their own agenda, such as the NRA, Gun manufacturers, and people who want the union broke up/divided.  A more perfect union, does not come from former enlisted men, making idle threats, and throwing around their service as a warning. Their service has given them the training, to do what they are saying their brothers will do... So those who may have a disagreement, are already dealing with the threat of force, by merely participating in the conversation regarding freedom, and public safety. .  SaddenedOnePS: For some reason, my livefyre account is now gone. That is why I am posting as guest. Will set up another account, if the dialogue continues.