On December 27th, Marine Corps vet, Cpl. Joshua Boston wrote Senator Dianne Feinstien a salty letter on CNN iReport. Since then his "bitch, who the fuck are you to tell me what I can and cannot do?" letter has gone viral. It's below.
Senator 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.
Cpl, United States Marine Corps
No one needs to have goddamn assault rifle sitting in their hallway closet at home, but in light of everything that happened last year, I don't necessarily blame Cpl. Boston for wanting to keep his. At the same time, I don't necessarily blame Senator Feinstein for wanting to rid the world of them either.
Both arguments are valid, good intentioned, and flawed.
I, myself, am not a gun owner (once had a glock-shaped BB gun I nicknamed Mary Poppins -- boy, was she a sweet shot) but I can relate to the fear people have that they one day might need to protect themselves. And yeah, less assault weapons in the world isn't a terrible idea on the surface and it could prevent several of these tragedies, but if lawmakers think for one second that good people being banned from owning assault weapons will stop the cancers of society from getting their hands on them they're naive as shit. No one is going to win in this battle. There will never be an even playing field between good and evil. And there will always be a Black Market for these weapons, where human garbage can find the necessary means to ruin someone else's blue-skyed fuckin' day.
We'd all like to believe that there's an answer to this ongoing problem of gratuitous violence in America, but I'm not sure if there is or ever will be. Unless, of course, we make "Minority Report" a reality, which would suck for a litany of other reasons.