The Huffington Post
January 5, 2013
A United States Marine veteran has penned a response to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s gun control proposal, saying the government has no right to take away his weapon: “I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve.”
Former U.S. Marines Cpl. Joshua Boston wrote a letter to Feinstein regarding her assault weapons ban, a proposal announced in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 20 children, aged 6 and 7, dead.
The letter written by Boston, who was deployed to Afghanistan in 2004, was first posted on CNN’s iReport on Dec. 27:
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.
Boston goes on to say that he is not a “subject,” “servant” or “peasant” and should not be punished because of the acts of an 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,” he writes.