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."

Gabriella Pittaluga
1/10/2013 02:18:19 am

This viewpoint is interesting. I think it's justifiable to say want to have arms with the amount of violence prevalent in our society. But, if he wants the right to keep his arms, compliance with the law is essential. In a society we are all submissive to the government ! It is not his place to say that he refuses to abide my the rules of the nation. If Boston would like to keep his firearms and assault weapons, I suggest he move somewhere else :-)

Catherine Soltesz
1/10/2013 09:35:13 am

I think that Boston should not have to report what guns he owns. It is a citizens right under the Second Amendment of the Constitution to keep and bear arms. The government does not have to know everything about a person,

Laura Renzi
1/12/2013 04:33:24 pm

I agree with both sides of this story. While Boston makes a good point that he has the right to bear arms, it is also in politicians best interest to keep our country as safe as it can be. The number of gun violences which have been reported lately have been out of control and I believe something needs to be done, but it is hard to make new rules when people feel so strongly about the second amendment,

2/5/2013 09:52:30 pm

The laws that were already in place were okay as is, they just needed to be enforced more stringently, and politics should have nothing to do with it. Just read up on California's gun laws, you'll understand why Boston is so disgruntled with the state government and it's politicians.

Jay Burgin
1/21/2013 09:37:50 am

The Democrats will not ban all guns, because the NRA could campaign against five Senate Democrats that are up for reelection, five that could turn to the Republicans and they would take control of the entire congress. Guns save lives. Guns don't kill people, people kill people.


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