U.S. Marine’s 2A Rant
I saw this video today, and I wanted to make a post about my thoughts on it, but first the video.
First I want to state that I will not be slamming a fellow Marine, however, I do have a few questions for this guy and a statement or two. Also, let me state that I am most certainly not a constitutional scholar. This is just my pointless take on this pointless video and in the big scope of things, not of what he said, and what I say here means shit, period.
In the FMF (Fleet Marine Force), you are 100% correct E-5 and below go to the range for two weeks every year (MOS dependant), one week of snapping in, and one week of live fire. E-6 and above can often get out of that if they shoot their T.O. (Table of Organization) weapon (9mm). And if you are not in the FMF, it will often be less than annually, but I get your point. I do want to state, as a Marine, that I would NEVER want a brother or sister of mine to have a loaded gun in the barracks, period. Hell, the Corps doesn’t trust most of them with toasters and microwaves, well enough a loaded weapon. But all joking aside, almost every Marine unit will also put a restriction on blades like K-Bars. That is because younger troops have proven time and time again, that they can not act responsibly around things like weapons, and well we will throw alcohol in there too.
Now, I get your point, but I want to point it out for those that are not in the know. You are not proving to the Marine Corps, per see that you are proficient in your weapon. Each Marine needs to practice in order to actually be able to proficiently assemble, disassemble, clean, sight, and fire said weapon. And I know for a fact that there are some Jarheads that even after two weeks on the damn range, I still wouldn’t trust them with a damn water squirt gun, well enough an M16/M4 that fires the good old NATO 5.56 (the same size as our trusty ballpoint Skilcraft pens BTW). As a PMI / Range Coach, you should know that many of these Marines need that live fire and more. But I want to get back to your rant.
You would have been so much better off getting your point out there if you remained calm under fire. But you got hot and when you did that, you lost credibility. Regardless of, your or this Erica’s belief, the U.S. Supreme Court already established long ago that the 2A applies to all citizens, not just the military, national guard, and a few other organizations that feel like they are special. I would like to hear you calmly explain your thoughts on what our founding fathers were thinking when they stated “Well Regulated”, Do they mean that it meant, having a bunch of rules, laws, policies, and restrictions or, did they mean well regulated, meant that they need to be able to have like and kind and good working weapons that the government which they would be rising up against has, you know tyranny and all that jazz.
My brother, you needed to remain calm, you were heading down the right path, and you got too passionate (I don’t blame you), but you lost it at the end, and to many, you look like another dumb-ass jarhead who was acting childish.
Now, I’m not going to debate 2A, and that is because there are many who are more learned than I, who have tried, and because of a few commas, it is now open to a wide interruption. However the most common is based on the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court held that the “Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”
But you also need to understand that this was written at a time when we just fought for this country to exist against the British, you know tyranny and all that. There is no doubt that 2A is a very passionate subject for many. So I invite this Marine to start over and post a well-thought-out reply, explaining his thoughts, and more importantly, if he doesn’t have a solution, then I’m sorry, sit down, and shut up skippy. Without a solution, you are just part of the problem and I know the Corps taught you that shit.
And now for my statement. Brother, the average U.S. Citizen, has zero clue about the Corps, they just have our number on speed dial and could care less about us. And just because the Corps does something, certainly doesn’t mean that it is right, period.
S/F my brother
And hats off to @BlueCollarBen, spot on