A Marine's letter to Feinstein.


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josiewales
January 3, 2013, 04:31 PM
I saw this on FB and had to share. Talk about well articulated! WOW!

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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Centurian22
January 3, 2013, 04:35 PM
Awesome!

beeenbag
January 3, 2013, 04:43 PM
I sure hope that isn't his real name. He would most certainly be investigated if in fact this DID pass. He openly says he would not follow a law and then gives his name, not a good move.

I think the rest of it is wonderful and to the point.

RX-178
January 3, 2013, 04:49 PM
Standing up also means being counted. These words would be far less meaningful if he didn't put his name behind them.

Zeke/PA
January 3, 2013, 04:58 PM
Dianne would like to see all our guns sent to her Chinese steel mill and melted down.
Yep! Her and hubby are part owners of a steel mill located somewhere in China!
Feinstein is old and politically washed up so HOPEFULLY this is her last hurrah!
The sad partis that she is using a tragedy to further her political adgenda.

Skribs
January 3, 2013, 05:25 PM
I don't get the chance to say this often, but HOORAH!

I'm not a former Marine but I agree with this man.

JohnnyK
January 3, 2013, 05:28 PM
AMEN!

KMatch
January 3, 2013, 05:38 PM
G.Barnes, they simply don't compute that way. Most never will comprehend the difference they, themselves, could have made in a given situation. It's all about calling 911 and waiting, then complaining about the lack of results. It's ALWAYS somebody else's fault. Many, if they even had a gun, would give it up in a heartbeat and actually count against the rest of us for supplying the BG with a firearm.

Creature
January 3, 2013, 05:53 PM
He may be a veteran, but he is not a retired veteran. A minimum of twenty years of active duty service (or 'good' reserve service) is required to be eligible for retired veteran status.

Only veterans with eight years of service who were separated from the military between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009 for medical reasons are eligible to have the Physical Disability Board of Review look at their cases for possible eligibility for "medical retirement" before their 20-year mark.

I am the man who keeps you free.

Ummm. Perhaps he meant to say "I (once was) (a) man who kept you free"...

3twelves
January 3, 2013, 05:55 PM
I sure hope that isn't his real name. He would most certainly be investigated if in fact this DID pass. He openly says he would not follow a law and then gives his name, not a good move.

I think the rest of it is wonderful and to the point.
In case you didn't know, x military are already on watch lists.

Skribs
January 3, 2013, 06:07 PM
Creature, he is part of the "well-regulated militia", at least how our founding fathers saw it. By being a gun owner, he is prepared to defend this country, current military status or not.

mokin
January 3, 2013, 06:32 PM
You go brother!

Slipknot_Slim
January 3, 2013, 06:35 PM
I don't get the chance to say this often, but HOORAH!

I'm not a former Marine but I agree with this man.
If you ever talk to a Marine, they will proudly tell you that there are no "former" Marines.

M-Cameron
January 3, 2013, 06:36 PM
I am the man who keeps you free
Ummm. Perhaps he meant to say "I (once was) (a) man who kept you free"...


now ive never been in the service.....but from what i understand from the marines i do know....he said it right the first time.

Ms_Dragon
January 3, 2013, 06:36 PM
Sounds like a steady, sober, determined man.

A real credit to your nation.

josiewales
January 3, 2013, 06:39 PM
Ummm. Perhaps he meant to say "I (once was) (a) man who kept you free"...

Oh good grief. C'mon seriously? This a well articulated, pointed, meaningful letter, and you have pull it apart over some obscure trivial detail. :what:
Grow up.:rolleyes:

Skribs
January 3, 2013, 06:43 PM
Good point Slipknot. And I should have said "I am not and haven't been a Marine." Nothing against the military, I'm just not cut out for living in a desert climate.

Deltaboy
January 3, 2013, 06:44 PM
Sounds like a man I would want as a neighbor! Glad he wrote it.

Slipknot_Slim
January 3, 2013, 06:48 PM
Good point Slipknot. And I should have said "I am not and haven't been a Marine." Nothing against the military, I'm just not cut out for living in a desert climate.
I've never been a Marine either, but I shared a military base on Okinawa with a few. They are a proud group of individuals, but they get up too early in the morning for my taste.

Go Army!!

Manco
January 3, 2013, 08:03 PM
Direct, to-the-point, and full of truth--awesome! :cool:

Sadly, however, to Feinstein he is merely another nut who strengthens her resolve to keep firearms out of the hands of the people. She doesn't need to justify her own use of firearms because she is a public official and therefore trusted by the people more than ordinary individuals are. There is no hypocrisy when, in her mind, she is a special person--a leader who was chosen because of her inherent superiority. :barf: She can handle and be trusted with guns, not us--this is what she really believes.

JohnnyK
January 3, 2013, 09:06 PM
roflmao... a leader who was chosen because of her :barf: inherent :barf: superiority. :barf: :eek: :cuss: :banghead: :barf:

chris in va
January 3, 2013, 09:12 PM
Snopes verified the letter.

KTXdm9
January 3, 2013, 09:14 PM
Well said, Corporal. Beers on me the next time you're in Houston.

harrygunner
January 3, 2013, 09:18 PM
I wrote a letter to Feinstein when I was in California. I received a response thanking me for supporting her cause. :banghead: That made it clear that writing her could only be effective if she actually cared what you think.

Her "sister" in crime against the Constitution, Boxer is probably fussing that the marine referred to Feinstein as "ma'am".

I believe the only defense against her ilk is the courts.

hogshead
January 3, 2013, 09:22 PM
"He may be a veteran, but he is not a retired veteran. A minimum of twenty years of active duty service (or 'good' reserve service) is required to be eligible for retired veteran status" Good grief creature. Maybe he retired from another field of work and then he could be retired and a veteran.Whatever the case he was a Marine for 8 years. I salute him and support him.

JFrame
January 3, 2013, 10:04 PM
To Cpl. Boston:

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beatledog7
January 3, 2013, 10:22 PM
I sure hope that isn't his real name. He would most certainly be investigated if in fact this DID pass. He openly says he would not follow a law and then gives his name, not a good move.

Perhaps, but what if we all did this? Are they going to arrest umpteen million of us?

Checkman
January 3, 2013, 10:26 PM
It's a good letter and I applaud his willingess to stand up and say something instead of talking about retreating to his basement bunker waiting for the black helicopters. Good for him.

gdcpony
January 3, 2013, 10:31 PM
I think it's time we all did this. I will be typing my own soon. If we all did it and put our names to it, then it becomes more than a single- or few- raving men, but a movement. No More! Just keep it a polite promise of refusal with no threats.

Good leadership Cpl.

Thank You

SSgt Clayton
2d Mar Div
2001-Present

Frogomatik
January 3, 2013, 11:44 PM
I'd like to buy that man a beer and a box of ammo

davidjblythe
January 4, 2013, 03:03 AM
Right on, Cpl.
Semper Fi.

SSgt Blythe
2006 - Present

horsemen61
January 4, 2013, 03:42 AM
that letter rocks

freyasman
January 4, 2013, 05:37 AM
My buddy saw this on FB yesterday morning, and showed it to me. We both admired his willingness to stand up for his beliefs and agreed that it was well written. (We also spent an obligatory 2-3 minutes making fun of the Corps; we're both career Army :p) Seriously, though, we need more people like this in our country.

josiewales
January 4, 2013, 08:00 AM
I'd like to buy that man a beer and a box of ammo

Same here!

vito
January 4, 2013, 08:12 AM
The Senator Feinstein's of this country will read the Marine's letter and see it as more proof of why she needs to take guns away from people. No logic, no reason, no facts seem to ever make a difference to the anti-gun crowd. It is an emotional issue as well as one of control of other people, so why would facts about guns change their minds? As an aside, what kind of weird place is California that it elects, and keeps re-electing Feinstein and Boxer, and chooses Moonbeam Brown as their governor? I guess the same could be said for the state I unfortunately am residing in, Illinois, where the same bunch of crooks keep getting re-elected over and over. Yesterday a bill died in the State senate here, a bill that would have outlawed ALL semi-automatic weapons plus other restrictions, and Mayor Rom Emanuel of Chicago complained that the bill did not go far enough in restricting guns!

Ehtereon11B
January 4, 2013, 08:36 AM
I saw this letter on Facebook just yesterday. I am sure his initial letter was much longer, but most Marines have problems with multi-syllabic words (obligatory Army/Marine bash). This viral edition was probably the calmest one he could come up with.

MedWheeler
January 4, 2013, 11:36 AM
I sure hope that isn't his real name. He would most certainly be investigated if in fact this DID pass. He openly says he would not follow a law and then gives his name, not a good move.

The man volunteered to join what is part of the finest fighting force in the world. I think he's up for the challenge.

CookeMonster
January 4, 2013, 12:14 PM
I sure hope that isn't his real name. He would most certainly be investigated if in fact this DID pass. He openly says he would not follow a law and then gives his name, not a good move.

I think the rest of it is wonderful and to the point.
I think he says he refuses to obey an unlawful order of registering his guns. Shall NOT be infringed.

Semper Fi

chucknbach
January 4, 2013, 03:08 PM
I will not register. Find them if you can. Looks like I might become a felon after all.

"Shall not infringe!"

Ummm. Perhaps he meant to say "I (once was) (a) man who kept you free"...



I retired after 4 years in the Army and was on inactive duty for 8. So creature if the said Marine was on inactive duty or like most of us when we ETS we haven't abandoned the oath we took. Then he still protects us.

BLB68
January 4, 2013, 05:17 PM
I retired from the Army after six. Medical retirement. Some of us ruined perfectly good body parts for our country.

Checkman
January 4, 2013, 05:36 PM
I took a medical from the Army in 2000. It isn't unheard of. The military can be a hard life and I was a peacetime soldier.

B_Pilgrim
January 4, 2013, 06:08 PM
An inspiring and well written letter.
I think it said what many of us feel and I'd put my name on it.

Thanks for post Josie.

Captcurt
January 5, 2013, 06:44 AM
He may be a veteran, but he is not a retired veteran. A minimum of twenty years of active duty service (or 'good' reserve service) is required to be eligible for retired veteran status.

Only veterans with eight years of service who were separated from the military between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009 for medical reasons are eligible to have the Physical Disability Board of Review look at their cases for possible eligibility for "medical retirement" before their 20-year mark.



Ummm. Perhaps he meant to say "I (once was) (a) man who kept you free"...
It doesn't matter if he is retired. It would still be an honor to share a foxhole with him. At least he has some balls.

josiewales
January 5, 2013, 06:39 PM
At least he has some balls.

Dang right!

Skribs
January 5, 2013, 06:42 PM
Capt, I would prefer not to be in a situation that requires a foxhole. But I agree with your sentiment on the man.

KLL
January 5, 2013, 06:43 PM
Joshua Boston (the Marine in question) was interviewed on CNN today. I did not hear what they were saying, and I can't watch the interview at the moment, but here is a link to it. Hopefully it was positive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdtZdRc27uk

windjunkie
January 5, 2013, 07:14 PM
Unless the poster of the video knows Cpl Boston personally, the viewers comments seemed somewhat disrespectful (nice beard?). Overall it was positive.

However, it is an excellent letter. Until recently I worked as a civilian supporting the USMC and I'm glad to see such eloquence from one of our fighting men. I can't imagine anyone denying the arguments, but unfortunately, I agree with Vito. The Marine's letter is one of the best portrayals explaining the audacity of such attitudes, yet I do believe people take sides on issues like this as though they were shot from an emotional cannon, and only after they cool can they even start to listen to rational arguments.

I was glad to see AOL posted it today in its little news tidbits.

josiewales
January 5, 2013, 10:07 PM
The comments on youtube were encouraging! :)

kwguy
January 6, 2013, 07:23 AM
I saw on Youtube today that Feinstein "answered" his letter. Dismissed was more like it, both by the reporter on Yahoo and the Senator. This reporter actually said that the NRA and the Supreme Court have tended to "further the idea" that the second amendment was a safeguard against tyranny, as well as a safeguard against crime. Really? It's pretty plain just from a little bit of reading. It's spelled out pretty plainly.

The Senator (actually, her office, as I'm sure she can't be bothered to address this Marine herself), said that in contravention to his claim, there are "millions of Americans who worry about US society becoming militarized through the expansion of weaponry". What kind of garbage is that? And...wait for it...oh yeah, that has NOTHING to do with protecting our children from killers in schools. It just goes back to the fact that she finds guns "scary", and that she is simply a vulture that is preying politically on the tragedy of Connecticut. That is disgraceful.

Here is a link to the article:

http://news.yahoo.com/gun-owners-push-back-former-marines-letter-dianne-210043517.html

The elitist, dismissive "politburo-esque" attitude of some of these people truly amazes me.

MrTwigg
January 6, 2013, 08:48 AM
there are "millions of Americans who worry about US society becoming militarized through the expansion of weaponry".

I for one, am greatly concerned about the militarization of our local police.

Why does the PD in a town of less than 3,000 need a Bearcat armored car WITH A WEAPON MOUNT ? :cuss:

Kudo's to the Marine for standing up.

xfyrfiter
January 6, 2013, 12:52 PM
This Marine took an oath that did not expire when he was discharged, and a Marine, according to all I have had the good fortune of knowing, never ceases to be a Marine after he takes said oath. Oh, and my younger bro, spent 15 years as an active duty Marine. Got too political in the non-com area.

SigSour
January 6, 2013, 01:21 PM
Does anyone know if someone (maybe the NRA) is organizing some type of physical protest? During the healthcare debate one couldn't turn on the TV without seeing people protesting in the streets... maybe something like this will be needed.

The letter from the Marine is awesome, but I think it must be followed up with some action.

MedWheeler
January 6, 2013, 01:45 PM
KWguy writes (about Feinstein):

It just goes back to the fact that she finds guns "scary"..

No, she doesn't. She even has a carry license, all-but impossible to obtain for the "regular guy" in her district.

She finds citizens with guns scary.

josiewales
January 6, 2013, 03:48 PM
She finds citizens with guns scary.
Exellent point and very true.

Archangel14
January 6, 2013, 03:59 PM
I sure hope that isn't his real name. He would most certainly be investigated if in fact this DID pass.

Listen man, that's the fear in you. "Oh, let's not give names!" I'm not trying to bag on you, as I understand your concern. But please, do not be afraid to speak your mind and name yourself!!!

browneu
January 6, 2013, 04:57 PM
Listen man, that's the fear in you. "Oh, let's not give names!" I'm not trying to bag on you, as I understand your concern. But please, do not be afraid to speak your mind and name yourself!!!

Agreed.

Sent from my SGH-T999 using Tapatalk 2

silicosys4
January 7, 2013, 12:28 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/gun-owners-push-back-former-marines-letter-dianne-210043517.html

http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/04/us/marine-gun-letter-ireport/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

Looks like its getting a lot of attention out there. Yahoo's article is playing a pro-2a side.

Justin
January 7, 2013, 01:43 AM
No, she doesn't. She even has a carry license, all-but impossible to obtain for the "regular guy" in her district.

Correction.

She had a carry permit.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/273989-feinstein-doesnt-have-concealed-carry-permit-anymore

Her people claim that she no longer has it, and I'm unaware of any proof since her 1995 admission that she still retains it.

That said, I have little doubt that her entourage probably contains a couple of armed people.

MedWheeler
January 7, 2013, 01:50 AM
^^Regardless, I highly doubt she has ceased to hold a carry permit due to a newly-developed fear of guns.

josiewales
January 7, 2013, 11:22 AM
I love it in the video clip, when he said "Unconstitutional laws aren't laws." However, if it had been a guy, I would have liked to smack that smirk the reporter made. Oh well. Guess since it's a woman I'll have to wait till a guys smirks about a statement like that. *sigh*

Justin
January 7, 2013, 09:44 PM
^^Regardless, I highly doubt she has ceased to hold a carry permit due to a newly-developed fear of guns.

If you have verifiable proof that she still holds a carry permit and/or carries a sidearm, please feel free to post it.

Otherwise, I think it behooves us to no longer claim she has a permit, but that she did indeed carry, at least until the 1990s.

DammitBoy
January 7, 2013, 10:16 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3DKuN2ey80

Feinstein caught lying, again.

MedWheeler
January 8, 2013, 06:25 AM
When Justin wrote that Feinstein's permit is no longer active, I wrote:

Regardless, I highly doubt she has ceased to hold a carry permit due to a newly-developed fear of guns.


Justin then writes: If you have verifiable proof that she still holds a carry permit and/or carries a sidearm, please feel free to post it.


Sorry; you missed my new point. I never insisted past your assertion that Feinstein's permit no longer exists that it still does. I admit that it is likely Feinstein has let her permit lapse/expire/disappear in a spontaneous fireball, but I just don't believe it was over a sudden onset of a fear of guns she did not have when she first acquired it.

josiewales
January 8, 2013, 05:26 PM
DammitBoy, that's crazy! Why can't people connect the dots! Lying, thieving, name calling(Piers Morgan) finger pointing, etc. Any pro gunners doing that? :mad:

corpo
January 8, 2013, 08:12 PM
Clp Joshua Boston is scheduled to be on Piers(I hate guns) Morgan tonight.
We can just hope he is treated with the respect he deserves by Morgan, but I doubt it.

josiewales
January 9, 2013, 04:00 PM
There was a thread that had a link to a movie of the interview. He was treated with respect(shocking isn't it) and he did very well. I was impressed.

beeenbag
January 12, 2013, 04:22 PM
Listen man, that's the fear in you. "Oh, let's not give names!" I'm not trying to bag on you, as I understand your concern. But please, do not be afraid to speak your mind and name yourself!!!
I guess your right. My train of thought was more along the lines of, there is power in numbers, without a mountain of support, which he is receiving, you are asking to be on top of the list so to speak

And no, i wasnt aware ex military was on a watch list.

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