I'm going to be completely honest here. I am the reason you need an 'assault' rifle. I am a highly trained and expert marksman in the US Army. With
the badges on my ERB to prove it. I am an expert in pistol, rifle, and machine gun use and aerial gunnery .
I am trained in breaching tactics, hand to hand combat, force on force, and have the best equipment your tax dollars can buy. I belong to the most
advanced and lethal military force the world has ever known and while I am a man of principles and take my oath to the Constitution seriously, there
is no telling what future generations of soldiers will think and believe...If they do at all.
You should not, under any circumstances question my ability to wreak utter destruction upon the enemy. Myself and every soldier, airman , marine,
sailor, and coast guardsman are more than capable of destroying the enemy. Whether it's the taliban or a modern and cohesive military force.
The founders of this great nation warned of the dangers of tyrants and the standing Armies they command. The second amendment is and shall always be a
testament to their foresight. While I do not believe that todays military could be used in such a manner, what about tomorrows? Things in this country
are changing. Beliefs are changing. I see a quantifiable tendency toward ever increasing state and military power, and with that a more collectivist
and power hungry form of politics that essentially forces people to choose between the proverbial "lesser of two evils". I see these changes, not just
in politics and the media, but in much of our society...Quite frankly, it scares the hell out of me.
The notion that some have that the threat of tyranny is a bygone fear of generations long past is ignorance at best. How anyone can look at the
changes I've seen and not see the clear and present dangers to our freedoms, especially since 9/11, is beyond me. I am not a "Truther", but you don't
have to be one to see the litany of attacks on our liberties since the Patriot Act was passed. The last 12 years have seen enormous changes in how
government and the people express the relationship between them. I don't believe that relationship is what the founders intended, nor is it what the
American people really want.
The powergrabs by government have many people concerned. Including people like me. And if I'm worried, should you be too? Why would we trust
government that has used that trust to enrich its members and corporate cronies, and for the accretion of ever more power, with the stewardship of our
safety? Safety, as well as Liberty will always be the responsibility of the people...The individual, dare I say it. To abdicate that responsibility to
government is asking for abuse. Maybe not today. But tomorrow? Do you have that answer? Because I don't.
Whether liberal or conservative or libertarian or anarchist or communist, don't let there be a moment in our history where there was no one left to
speak for you. Speak with one American voice.
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