Marine to Feinstein: ‘I Am the Man Who Keeps You Free’

READ: Former Marine's letter objecting to Feinstein's assault weapons ban push

Boston (CNN iReport)
• January 3, 2013 1:07 pm


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) has continued her push for an assault weapons ban, which would also require the registration of existing assault weapons–and one Marine's objection has garnered major attention this week.

A former U.S. Marine deployed to Afghanistan between 2004 and 2005, Cpl. Joshua Boston wrote the following letter to the Senator, as first posted on CNN iReport:

Sen. 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
United States Marine Corps