The following letter was disseminated and signed by over 1,000 current and former Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets) in support of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, specifically as a defensive measure against tyranny. The letter was compiled through the joint efforts of current and former Special Forces personnel over at www.ProfessionalSoldiers.com, and quietly disseminated for signatures among secure, vetted circles.
Protecting the Second Amendment – Why all Americans Should Be Concerned
We are current or former Army Reserve, National Guard, and active duty US Army Special Forces soldiers (Green Berets). We have all taken an 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.…” The Constitution of the United States is without a doubt the single greatest document in the history of mankind, codifying the fundamental principle of governmental power and authority being derived from and granted through the consent of the governed. Our Constitution established a system of governance that preserves, protects, and holds sacrosanct the individual rights and primacy of the governed as well as providing for the explicit protection of the governed from governmental tyranny and/or oppression. We have witnessed the insidious and iniquitous effects of tyranny and oppression on people all over the world. 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.
Like you, we are also loving and caring fathers and grandfathers. 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. However, unlike much of the current vox populi reactions to this tragedy, we offer a different perspective.
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ElbridgeGerrysGhost Tango9 Bro ... the 'wall of text' objection should not be taken personally ... it is a legitimate observation that a solid wall of text simply doesn't get read because it is difficult to read. Look to how magazine and newspaper articles are broken up ... these people are in the business of communications and very little is left to chance. There is a logical rule in communications that simply cannot be safely ignored: the responsibility for effective communication rests solely with the person attempting to relay the information. Really, where else COULD it rest? Break the text out into paragraphs and, since this is the internet, provide links where appropriate. You have good quotes - but suppose I wanted to look at the quotes in context or even read the full publication they were pulled from? Including the links would have made this a simple matter, but not including them throws a barrier in front of me, your reader. I waded through your comment because I recognize the size of the comment and the wall of text as evidence of someone who is deeply invested in the comment but not well-informed in the art of communication. Take the counsel as intended ... as an aid to more effective communication.
plainolamerican88 Who is the Speaker? I know that I'm never up-to-date on faces, but his is very familiar... he speaks with a high degree of intelligence, something unworthy of most politicians. HeHeHe...
SharonInFL I had someone ask me why I "needed" a 30 round mag. I asked him why he needed shoes.
Hi all, I am not a warior, just a girl who dated an Army SF years ago. I respect you guys bunches. I did take one exception to the article, that the magazine limitations were not too big of a deal. With crime on the increase and police protection on the decrease, I think a 30-round magazine is a nice aid against home invasions. My folks are nearly 80 years old. Dad is still a good shooter, but needs all the advantage at hand possible to defend Mom and home. Why take that from citizens? Thanks for all you do, SOFREP.
this is a very well written no nonsense article that every paper in the US should print and every young person should read