A scathing letter written by a Marine veteran blasting a proposed ban on assault weapons has gone viral online.
Cpl. Joshua Boston wrote the letter to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, who proposed the bill banning certain firearms and requiring gun owners to register their weapons.
‘I am a Marine Corps veteran of eight 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,’ he writes in the letter.
‘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.’
Boston was first deployed to Afghanistan from 2004 to 2005 and spent a total of eight years oversees serving as a Marine. He admits he owns guns – ‘a hobby if you will’, he writes on one blog.
In his letter, which has been shared across social media sites since it was posted on CNN iReport, he argues the bill would lead to the government confiscating weapons – a move he deems a threat.
‘I own the guns I own because I acknowledge mankind’s shortcomings instead of pretending like they don’t exist,’ he told CNN. ‘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.’
In the letter, he tells Feinstein: ‘You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain.’
‘I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public,’ he writes, adding, ‘We, the people, deserve better than you.’
The letter was posted on CNN iReport on December 27 and has since been shared extensively on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
On Twitter, a user named Mid Stutsman provided a link to the letter and wrote, ‘Go Joshua Boston…Semper Fi! U.S. Marine’s Scathing Response to Sen. Feinstein’s Gun Control Proposal.’
Twitter user @LaTicaChica added: ‘Doesn’t get any better that that! Big fist pump, three cheers, etc. for Joshua Boston’s verbal smack down with the TRUTH!’
Feinstein’s bill names 120 specific firearms she seeks the country to ban, import and manufacture, as well as other semiautomiatic rifle, handguns and shotguns that have more military characteristics.
It also bans large-capacity ammunition feeding devices accepting more than 10 rounds.
Yet it seeks protection for legitimate hunters and gun owners by allowing more than 900 weapons used for sport and those that are antique and manually operated.
Cpl. Boston’s reference to Feinstein carrying a weapon may be a reference to her desire to outlaw handgun ownership while admitting she carries one herself, for protection.
This latest debate over gun ownership was sparked by the December 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where six staff and 20 children were shot dead.
CNN host Piers Morgan has taken one of the toughest stances on gun control, even calling one pro-gun campaigner an ‘unbelievably stupid man’ after he said more guns would cut crime.
His comments have led to more than 100,000 people signing a petition to get the British host deported from the United States, claiming he has undermined the ‘rights of Americans’.
More than 30,000 people die from gun injuries each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gun injuries account for nearly 1 in 5 injury deaths in the U.S.
‘YOU MA’AM HAVE OVERSTEPPED A LINE’: JOSHUA BOSTON’S LETTER
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.
Cpl, United States Marine Corps
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