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The following letter, written by U.S. Marine Joshua Boston and headlined “No ma’am.,” was posted in the CNN iReport on Dec. 27 with the included note from the producer and photo. It has struck a nerve with many and is being circulated around social media venues like Twitter and Facebook.

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.

Respectfully Submitted,
Joshua Boston
Cpl, United States Marine Corps

Couldn't agree with him more.
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 9:09 AM
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by Silver Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 7:20 PM
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You said he advocated breaking the law. That's a lie. He only said what he ~ himself ~ would do. He didn't suggest anyone else do so.

There is no law.

You have stated that you are in favor of more gun control ~ which implies (at least) that you are in favor of this proposed bill being passed. If you are not in favor of gun control, you should stop saying that you are because it's very misleading.

I'm not lying ~ you simply have no clue what you're ranting about.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

So your lying now?

Where did I say I hoped it passed?

No where, quit making things up

If I don't like a new law, I still need to follow it

This man says he will not follow the law if its passed

Quoting Farmlady09:

What law? Just because you hope this bill is passed into law doesn't make it so (any more than it has for Feinstein).

This marine hasn't advocated anything. He stated what he will/won't do, and he has every right to do that.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

In what way?

They aren't advocating breaking the law as the man in the OP is and being high fives by republicans

Quoting Farmlady09:


Think they are above the constitution

Quoting sweet-a-kins:


Think they are above the law



by Silver Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 7:45 PM
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9 % of the colonial population took on England over a 6% tax. 9 % of the colonists went to war with the biggest army on the planet at that time (the rest either did nothing or fought alongside that army). That army was better armed, better funded, and better trained. That army was part of their own government. Their government had turned into a tyrannical jerk that only saw them as a means of adding to the treasury with no thought or concern for their rights or their lives.

Our founders put the second amendment in the constitution so that the citizens of America would never again have to fight such an unequal and bloody battle to defend their freedom or their rights.

The simple truth is that our current government (and it's been building for decades now, I'm not just referring to the 'current' admin) only sees American citizens as a means of adding to the treasury with no thought or concern for their rights or their lives. We, as a nation, are right back where we started from. Because of all the regulatory agencies, Americans ~ living in the land of the free ~ have less rights than some who live in 3rd world hell holes (and lets not even bother with how unconstitutional ANY of those agencies or their regulations are).

I question whether those who claim to want gun control 1) don't know history, 2) never read the constitution, 3) support changing our country into a socialist hell-hole where our only right is to be just as miserable as everyone except the ruling elite (which is what happens when the government runs out of everyone else's money), 4) mistakenly believe that a new gun law will magically make bad people become good people, or 5) supports gun control because they are afraid that if the government doesn't get all those nasty guns, the citizens who still support the constitution and America will not give their country up without a fight?

I'm not the one with comprehension problems.



Quoting sweet-a-kins:

You are not a well regulated militia

You don't understand the constitution

Quoting Farmlady09:

Gun rights are not an agenda. They are not up for grabs by people WITH an agenda. They aren't a 'given' right, they are a right our constitutional founders recognized and saw a need for.

You're worried about whether or not the average person reads a bill before they decide it's a good or a bad one? I'm far more worried about our elected law makers, some of whom are moronic enough to actually state that we have to pass one so we can read it and learn what is in it.

I've read the bill. I read it before I made any comments on it ~ and I am positive that this marine did the same. He's fighting against an agenda, and you are (albeit in a backhanded way) supporting the agenda.

Quoting paknari:

Like I said before, I completely agree with you on the content of the bill I didn't think that was even part of the discussion. However, have you not seem in current politics how one idiot making a stupid comment can ruin the entire agenda? That is all the other side needs to spin something and they a bill passed nowadays. The average person unfortunately doesn't read a bill before deciding if they are for or against it. Is that a good thing? Absolutely not..but knowing this to be true one should be very careful about how they say things.

Quoting Farmlady09:

I've gone far beyond any 'first impression'. I've read the bill. I've spoken to military friends, law enforcement friends, etc. Outside of CM ~ literally ~ I haven't seen or heard anything negative about what he said except from those who agree with Feinstein.

You're the one taking things on first impressions if you're sitting there typing about sexist morons in a gun control discussion, OR the right to freely express one's opinion in this country.

That marine won't be anyone's target (except possibly in their own self inflated mind).

Quoting paknari:

I'm sorry but just because any idiot can speak doesn't mean they should. And giving your cause less credibility only hurts you. That is how the Republican party compile so many more problems than necessary. Most people take the first impression and roll with it regardless of whether they agree or not. He gives them the ability I spin it around saying only sexist morons who are willIng to break the law are against this. Watching how the political game is played should only help prove that point. Once something has been given a negative spin in takes very little to convince followers to go the other way. This guy will be an easy target for spinning the whole issue. People like this need to be a little more tactful before they submit their complaint. He sent a letter so he should have at least had someone else read it. I doubt I'm the only one who saw it that way and it could've been a really good letter if a couple things were changed.

Quoting Farmlady09:

Given what that 'woman' with her spider web encrusted vajayja wants to do, you are free to sit around being offended because you think some man insulted your sex.

I prefer to focus on the actual problem instead of some ridiculous pc offense (and I'm definitely not going to waste time with trying to make it not only about feminism, but racial as well ... wth?!?). Focus already!

Quoting paknari:

Like I said I do agree with why he is saying up until he spoke like that. Sorry but it's no worse than saying no n@**er is going to disarm me. And having been in the military there are a lot of men who think the way this man does so it doesn't surprise me. This is not a racial or sexual topic. There are both men and women who are bringing up gun control. As well as our current president. Should I say no black man is going to take away my rights? Or how about any other race for that matter? Who cares of they are make or female in regards I this topic? Was it required or just a pigheaded marine who can't get enough of his macho attitude out during training that he feels the need to express it in other forums? Maybe of the intelligen people were writing these letters instead of the morons they would be taken more seriously. Because honestly I would not take this man seriously and I'm embarrassed to be on the same side of this arguement with him because I feel that it hurts the cause.

Quoting Farmlady09:

Really? How many women here have used the phrase "some man", or "no man" in conjunction with 'has any right to, can't stop me, etc.? It's the same thing (and he was far kinder in his choice of adjective than I have been).

I absolutely agree with him ... and I'll add no 'man' (meaning O and every other 'man' that thinks that wiggly worm between his thighs imparts some magical power) is going to disarm me.

As for that 'woman' ~ real women should be howling to ban her.

Quoting paknari:

Although I agree with some of what he said I am also offended that he is clearly a male chauvanist.(sp?) there was no need to bring that into the conversation at all and there was also no reason to state that he is man multiple times to get his point across. I am also a veteran and a woman and I find that quite offensive.





by Ruby Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 8:55 PM


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

No. He said if it does pass, he is not abiding by it

He fails to understand the 2nd amendment

The nuts are mostly repubs mailing white powder to newspapers and bombing IRS buildings and such

Liberal progressives and Dems are guilty of hate and threats of murder. Warning, filthy language....

Quoting Farmlady09:

It hasn't passed ...

He understands and supports the constitution, and he understands that the second amendment is to protect citizens from contitutionally challenged nuts with control issues (which applies to a frighteningly large number of democrats).

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

He said if its passed he will not follow it

Pretty clear, he intends to break the law since he disagrees with it

He's a right wing gun nut

And you , majority of repubs support that

Quoting Farmlady09:

He disagrees with a proposed bill ~ not a law ~ because that proposed bill is unconstitutional and blatantly ignores several Supreme Court rulings.

Damn skippy I support that.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:


the man says he will NOT follow the law because he disagrees with it and YOU support that...

Quoting jcrew6:

And he can LEGALLY challenge the law if it were to pass. Which if by some freak occurrence, it were to pass MANY AMERICANS would do. It isn't always black or white.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 first line of the letter

he IS advocating breaking the law if its passed


I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed,

Quoting jcrew6:

He isn't advocating breaking a law, he is telling senators he wants them to stop. He doesn't want government intervening in his private life and telling him what to do.

Quoting rccmom:

Quoting jcrew6:

Yes, as am I. Sorry, I am old school, having served this country over 20 yrs ago. I was taught that it was improper to use your rank for politics, and considering he is advocating breaking a possible law, he is wrong.However, as a private citizen, he has the right to espouse any opinion he wishes.






by Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 9:10 AM


by Silver Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I think this gun thing is nutso, I live in the NE and have lived in the city many years, that could be why I think that way.  As far as gun ownership, a gun to protect one's home and family is fine, come on now do we really need assault rifles or 30 rounds, a little ridiculous .  The NRA just wants to arm everyone,  seems like that is their solution to everything. 

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