Special Forces Take On Domestic Enemies Promoting Gun Control In Letter
More than 1,100 retired and current Army Special Forces troops, Green Berets, have put their names to a letter that condemns the efforts by Washington politicians to restrict in any manner gun ownership, following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Their 2,900 word letter has been distributed to media outlets and was originally posted at Professionalsoldiers.com.
According to the post at Professionalsoldiers, “1100 Green Berets Signed this Letter. We have a list of all their names and unlike any MSM outlets we can confirm that over 1100 Green Berets did sign. The list includes Special Forces Major Generals & Special Forces Command Sergeants Major down to the lowest ranking “Green Beret”.”
The letter begins by those citing their oath to ““…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.…”
“We have witnessed the insidious and iniquitous effects of tyranny and oppression on people all over the world,” the letter continues. “We and our forebears have embodied and personified our organizational motto, De Oppresso Liber [To Free the Oppressed], for more than a half century as we have fought, shed blood, and died in the pursuit of freedom for the oppressed.”
The letter conveyed the emotions and expression of sympathy from these brave men. “Like you, we are also loving and caring fathers and grandfathers,” the letter reads. “Like you, we have been stunned, horrified, and angered by the tragedies of Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Fort Hood, and Sandy Hook; and like you, we are searching for solutions to the problem of gun-related crimes in our society. Many of us are educators in our second careers and have a special interest to find a solution to this problem.”
They continue in the letter to make the case that the term “assault weapon” and “assault rifle” is a political term, which began to be used around 1989. Its use has been clear and that is to be used by anti-gun lobbyists against the Second Amendment.
The letter then makes the case for the differences between the AR-15 and the M4A1. The AR-15 is a rifle that “cosmetically looks like the M4A1 carbine assault rifle, but it is impossible to configure the AR-15 to be a fully automatic assault rifle. It is a single shot semi-automatic rifle that can fire between 45 and 60 rounds per minute depending on the skill of the operator. The M4A1 can fire up to 950 rounds per minute.” The letter doesn’t comment on the use of “bump stocks” which significantly increase the number of rounds one can put through an AR-15. In fact, these bump stocks would allow similar operation to the M4A1 with incredible control over the firearm.
The letter also takes issue with the debate over high capacity magazines. While we have heard the Left’s comments that “just a few seconds of changing magazines could have saved the lives of people. According to the letter, “As experts in military weapons of all types, it is our considered opinion that reducing magazine capacity from 30 rounds to 10 rounds will only require an additional 6 -8 seconds to change two empty 10 round magazines with full magazines. Would an increase of 6 –8 seconds make any real difference to the outcome in a mass shooting incident? In our opinion it would not.” The letter even expressed that to outlaw these would outlaw a class of firearms that are “in common use” and would be a contravention to the opinion expressed by the U.S. Supreme Court.