CNN’s iReports, the same people who made Joshua Boston’s open letter to Diane Feinsten famous, print a response to Boston’s letter from some anonymous person who claims that he/she is also a Marine. Not a four-tour combat Marine like Boston, but a journalist, a Marine nonetheless;
When I read about the open letter…I couldn’t help but feel temporarily ashamed of also sharing the title of former Marine. Boston defiantly refuses to register his guns even if laws are passed requiring him to do so. In this refusal, he comes off as tone-deaf and unsympathetic to the victims of mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, and so many other places. His ranting letter is paranoid exhibition of one concerned not with preventing the deaths of more innocents, but of maintaining his rights to own devices of war. I want to set the record straight, not all Marines are so insensitive to the recent tragedies, or ignorant about the need for arms restrictions.
While I did not experience combat, I served in Afghanistan as a Marine, exiting the service as a Sergeant in 2008 to enter college. My experiences in the Marine Corps of course led me to train with semi and fully automatic weapons, and yet, I have no desire to own these weapons now that I am out of the service. I can’t see why any civilian needs semi-automatic, high-capacity weapons designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible, and I support a ban of future sales in addition to a retroactive ban that would force Joshua Boston to relinquish his weapons.
Boston’s attitude towards authority is frankly disgusting and his open letter is wrong in both its assumptions about why the gun-control debate has become heated, and the reasons why we should care about his opinions at all. It implies that because he served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Marine, that he can choose which laws to obey while at home. This is of course, incorrect, and gives other veterans a bad name. Regardless of his personal beliefs about gun-control, Boston should obey the law, or stop using the title of Marine veteran so proudly.
The article headline calls Boston “gun worshipping Marine veteran”. I haven’t seen anyone “worship” guns, per se. But, ya know at least Boston attached his name to his letter, he didn’t cower behind some indecipherable screen name. When someone asked me if Boston had really been a Marine, I was able to verify it. Not so with this dude/chick.
What gets me is the people who say “I don’t own guns and I don’t think anyone else should either” or “no one needs high capacity magazines”. They’re the same sort of people who cheer for the tax hike on richer Americans. Personally, I don’t see the use for video games, or Airsoft gear, or NASCAR, or any of a thousand things that I think are stupid. But, I’m not trying to take those things away from people.
Some other anonymous dingus took exception to my comment about people not needing Porsches or Ferraris saying those cars aren’t used to kill large numbers of people. Neither are my guns, which I bought legally and are locked up in my gun safe until I want to use them. You probably also don’t understand why I enjoy cigars – that’s your problem.