In letter posted online that has since gone viral, former Marine Cpl. Joshua Boston tells U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., a long-time gun control advocate, that he will not allow the government to register or take away his legally owned AR-15 assault rifle.
The letter posted on Dec. 27 on CNN's iReport website has been shared throughout social media outlets by Second Amendment advocates.
Feinstein, who successfully pushed through an assault weapons ban in 1994 that expired 10 years later, will be proposing new legislation in 2013 that imposes stricter gun laws, including a ban on AR-15s and other semi-automatic rifles and handguns.
"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," Boston said in his letter. "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," Boston continued. "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."
Shortly after the De. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Feinstein announced that she would introduce in 2013 an enhanced version of the 1994 federal assault weapons ban.
The new measure, which has already received support from President Barack Obama, includes a ban on the sale, transfer, importation, or manufacturing of:
- 120 specifically-named firearms
- Semiautomatic rifles and handguns with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds
- Certain other semiautomatic weapons that can accept a detachable magazine and have one or more military characteristics, among other restrictions.
Most gun experts point out that the 1994 ban was ineffective at curbing gun violence, particularly considering that semi-automatic weapons are used in only 2 to 8 percent of gun crimes, according to the Washington Post
In an interview with Breitbart.com
, Boston expressed his concern that forced gun registration could eventually lead to a gun confiscation program similar to what occurred in Australian in the mid-1990's, where the government required its citizens to sell their semi-automatic weapons to the government.
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