(CNN) — Joshua Boston, a former Marine, wrote a letter to California Senator Dianne Feinstein saying that he would not register his weapons with the government, even if the Assault Weapons Bill is passed in his state.
Senator Feinstein introduced the Assault Weapons Bill after the Newtown school shooting. The bill aims to reinstate and strengthen the expired 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. It also aims to stop the sales, importation and manufacturing of military-style firearms.
As a former Marine who was deployed to Afghanistan between the years of 2004 through 2005, Boston says he has the right to own his firearms. Although he is no longer in the military, he acknowledges that he owns guns. He says he does not believe the government needs to know what guns he owns because he believes registration would lead to confiscation.
He says the laws that are already set in place for gun control are plenty, adding that more laws will remove a means of defense for people. ‘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,’ he said.
His letter appears below.
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.
Cpl, United States Marine Corps