Cpl. Joshua Boston, a former Marine, who penned a scathing letter
to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) over her proposed assault weapons
ban bill, appeared on CNN and absolutely owned the host as he responded
to questions regarding the Second Amendment and his letter. In the end,
when asked if the ban was in place and that required him to register
his weapons, would he break the law? His response was simply,
“Unconstitutional laws aren’t laws.”
Boston, a veteran of Afghanistan, was asked why he wrote the letter and if he expected it to get as much attention as it did.
While he didn’t expect the attention, he did say why he wrote the
letter. “I wrote it because I kept seeing in the news this debate about
gun control and all the points being brought up by Senator Feinstein…a
lot of it is misinformation. It’s fearmongering that she is spreading
and that is being perpetrated by the media as well. There’s just not a
whole lot of double checking and not a lot of facts coming out in this
The former Marine, once a Marine always a Marine, did say that his
letter was a response specifically to her proposed legislation on her
website, not necessarily towards other legislation. However, from his
response, I gather that his arguments apply across the board as later he
would state that the Second Amendment doesn’t apply to hunting and
sporting purposes. He said that the text of the Second Amendment reads,
“shall not be infringed.”
When asked if the ban is passed, which requires all firearms owners with any of the guns that would fall under that ban, including semi-automatic handguns and shotguns with removable magazines and having at least one military requirement,
what would he do. Boston replied, “Well, I’m not going to be
registering and the precedent has already been set by David Gregory, who
apparently doesn’t have to abide by the laws of Washington, D.C.”
Excuse me a moment….Score!
He was interrupted by the host to say, “Well, we don’t know that.
There was some miscommunication there apparently.” Not to get
sidetracked, but the communication was abundantly clear what the law was and that the DC police had, in fact, turned Gregory down from using a high capacity magazine on national television.
So what does Boston think would happen to him if he failed to
register his weapons? “Whatever happens, happens,” he said calmly. “But
I have a right granted to me by the Second Amendment in our Bill of
Rights and it says, ‘shall not be infringed.’”
The host attempted to say that the ban applied to all weapons in the
bill that are being labeled “assault” weapons, which they are not,
prospectively, not retrospectively. While that is true for the “sale,
the transfer, the importation, and the possession of these firearms,”
what they don’t bring up is the “grandfather” portion for those who
already own them. In that section, not only will you have to provide ID
via a photograph and fingerprints for a national database, but also pay a tax of $200 per firearm that you own.
She then went on to quote part of a response that Senator Feinstein gave in response to Cpl. Boston’s letter.
“Senator Feinstein respects Cpl. Boston’s service, She
has heard from thousands of people — including many gun owners — who
support her plan to stop the sale, transfer, importation and
manufacturing of assault weapons and large capacity magazines, strips,
and drums that hold more than 10 rounds. As Senator Feinstein has said,
the legislation will be carefully focused to protect the rights of
existing gun owners by exempting hundreds of weapons used for hunting
and sporting purposes.”
It should be noted that neither Sen. Feinstein nor the CNN host named one gun owner that supports her weapons ban bill.
The Feinstein response was a setup for another score on the part of Boston. When asked his response, he said,
“I’m still confused as to where the ‘hunting and
sporting’ clause is in the Second Amendment. It’s nowhere to be found
in the Bill of Rights or the Constitution, so I don’t understand what
Boston didn’t think there should be a change to the law following the
shootings that took place in Colorado or Connecticut. He stated that
the laws that we already have are “extensive.” He then warned, “The
fact of the matter is that predators are among us and we have to
recognize that fact. We don’t live in a Utopia. Our citizens have to
be armed to protect themselves from these madmen.”
The host obviously didn’t get it as she appears to think, like the
politicians do, that we can somehow stop every bad thing from happening
to anyone. She asked, “So what is the solution then? Is that the
solution to stop these tragedies, for everyone to be armed? How do you
stop this from happening again?”
Cpl. Boston said, “Not for everyone, but it certainly ups the
probability of successfully stopping a shooter before you have 20
dead….30 dead. People will choose whether or not they want to carry if
they want to. I’ve made that choice, as have hundreds of thousands of
Americans and should we unfortunately ever find ourselves in the
situation to protect others in our lives we will.”
The host responded by demonstrating that this entire thing about
banning weapons is about removing the citizens ability to protect
themselves because her response is about “following the law.” She
asked, “But the law is the law. If it becomes law, then you’re just
willing to break it.”
Apparently she would have been on the side of other people in history
who put terrible laws in place to disarm their people for the express
purpose of controlling them and killing those opposed to them. But
Boston, simply addresses her properly about unconstitutional laws.
“Unconstitutional laws aren’t laws,” he said.
In other words unlawful laws are usurpation of the law. At the end of the interview: Cpl. Boston – 3, CNN host – 0.
Watch the interview below:
Additionally, for the audience that is a bit younger, I found this little tidbit of American history:
1968 you could mail order a semi-automatic 20mm anti-tank cannon right
to your door. No background checks necessary. $0.75 per shot.
We honestly need to return to those days!
Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/01/former-marine-on-assault-weapons-ban-unconstitutional-laws-arent-laws/#ixzz2HXFdXhky