There is no doubt the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting shocked this nation. While everyone asks why this happened, some are asking not only how this happened but how to prevent it from happening again. In the midst of the fervor, Sen. Feinstein is pushing a stringent gun control policy that has definitive lines dividing pro and anti-gun owners. Joshua Boston's letter of repute to the Senator has gained much attention. He is among many Americans who feel their rights are being suppressed.
A game of musical chairs after the death of Sen. Inouye could put Feinstein in the Chairman seat of the Judiciary Committee. This would ease the passing of the renewed assault weapons ban in the Senate. This proposed ban will prohibit the sales of assault weapons and large capacity magazines. It requires the establishment of a national gun registry. All firearm registrants must undergo a background check, provide photo and fingerprints, and obtain a local law enforcement recommendation sign off.
Boston is an 8-year veteran having served in Afghanistan. His letter reads:
"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."
This letter has gone viral; while it was the words of one, it is symbolic of the sentiments of many. Will civil disobedience be the word of the day if this ban is passed in its entirety? Primarily, the Bill of Rights was established to put limits on the Federal government. It was to unite the opposing Federalist and Anti-Federalist. Two focus groups of the American public find themselves on opposite sides of gun control regulation granting the Federal government a little more far-reaching powers.
The debate continues between pro-gun ownership and anti-gun ownership and the Second Amendment. People with an unhealthy state of mind have used assault weapons to cause casualty. The mere presence of the weapon did not inspire the attack. Timothy McVeigh killed many adults and children indiscriminately without an assault weapon. Perhaps the decision to kill is committed to first, and then the means to carry it out is decided upon. The unavailability of an assault weapon will not stop the next attack, it will just shift their energies to obtaining a different equally deadly device.
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