Last Friday,former Marine Joshua Boston wrote an open letter to U.S. Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, saying that he would refuse to register his weapons even if a proposed law banning assault rifles was passed. Boston explained how he was frustrated by "the fact that I'm supposed to be punished for doing nothing more than owning a rifle that looks scary because its stock isn't made out of wood." Senator Feinstein has recently stated that she plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming months that would place a ban on all assault weapons. The proposed bill is one that looks very similar to the 1994 ban that expired in 2004. The ban that was active until 2004 did not flat-out ban assault rifles; rather, the ban restricted the assault rifles features and limited their magazine capacities. Boston, who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq twice between 2004 and 2011, says that he, despite no longer being in the military, still owns guns and believes the government has no business knowing what guns he owns. He claims that weapons registration would lead to weapons confiscation. Despite the large number of mass shootings we have had this year (Aurora, Oregon mall, Newtown), Boston says the laws we currently have in place are more than sufficient. He also stated that an increase in gun control laws would only limit one's ability to defend themselves. Boston further explained his reasoning for why there should not be any new gun control legislation passed in this quote: "I own the guns I own because I acknowledge mankind's shortcomings instead of
pretending like they don't exist. There are evil men in this world and there just may be a time when I need to do
the unthinkable to protect me or my family."