Posted on | January 9, 2013 | 31 Comments
Sixty-one shipped out of Fort Meade today. Only one of them was 18 X-Ray. You’re welcome, America.
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) January 9, 2013
My son is now in training, but we got a lecture about “operational security” during our visit to the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) and after discussion with my wife, I decided against posting video or photos of the swearing-in ceremony, where our soldier took an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
The 18X program isn’t something I’d been familiar with before, and I had no idea what an honor it was for my son to be enlisted under that program. Yeah, I knew he’d scored at the top on the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). My son’s recruiter said he’d only had one other applicant score that high — and that kid ended up going to Harvard instead of enlisting. Sure, my son told me that he had some kind of special deal, but . . .
My older brother ended up on a mortar crew in the 101st Airborne after being enlisted with promises that he’d be trained as a mechanic, so I took all this “special program” recruiter talk with a grain of salt. But then I heard the story about my son’s roommate, on the night before they shipped out, who took a look at my son’s processing papers and said, “Wow. You really are 18 X-ray.” Apparently, it’s kind of a big deal.
While we were in the Ceremony Room where the swearing-in took place, I read a plaque on the wall. The plaque explained that the room was dedicated to the memory of Marine Corporal Jennifer M. Parcell, who had sworn in there two days after her 18th birthday in 2004.
In October 2006, Corporal Parcell was deployed to Iraq and assigned to the 1st Combat Logistics Group. She volunteered to search female Iraqi citizens at a checkpoint in Al Anbar Province, and was killed in an attack by a female suicide bomber on Feb. 7, 2007.
Corporal Parcell was 20 years old when she died — the same age as my son on the day he enlisted in the Army. Think about that.
So then I look at the top of Memeorandum and here’s this story by Daniel Halper of the Weekly Standard:
Vice President Joe Biden revealed that President Barack Obama might use an executive order to deal with guns.
“The president is going to act,” said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence.
“Executive order.” Yeah. Never let a crisis go to waste, eh? But there are lots of people who have taken that oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” and one of them is Marine Corps veteran Joshua Boston, who had a few words for Sen. Dianne Feinstein regarding her plan to disarm American citizens:
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 will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.
It’s kind of a tricky business, this question of who is serving whom, and some people seem rather confused about this. Many of the most confused people are, alas, a disgrace to my own profession. One of them, a CNN news anchor, got schooled by the former Marine corporal:
“Unconstitutional laws aren’t laws.”
Indeed. What part of “shall not be infringed” is so hard to understand? And since when is it the job of a CNN anchor to take sides in a policy dispute, as a partisan defender of Sen. Feinstein and a volunteer advocate of this legislation? Who does she think she is, Piers Morgan?
And yeah, Joshua Boston owned Piers Morgan, too:
The American people aren’t as gun-happy and trigger-happy as they’re being painted out to be by the media. They are smarter than that. They know when to hold their fire. They know when to fire. . . . We can’t give up our rights because we’re afraid. . . .
No matter what laws we pass, Lord knows we have laws, and during the last assault weapons ban, it didn’t stop Columbine from happening. It didn’t stop the West Hollywood shoot-out from happening. These things happen. There are criminals in our world that we have to contend with. And disarming people and taking the AR-15s out of their homes isn’t going to help.
What is it with these media idiots — including a damned foreigner like Piers Morgan — who think they are entitled to lecture a Marine veteran about his rights as an American? Don’t they understand that the First Amendment, which every journalist rightly reveres, is worthless without the protections of the Second Amendment? And don’t they understand that people have died to defend our rights as Americans?
Excuse me for gettng kind of torqued up about this. But an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States” is a pretty serious thing and, having seen my wife cry as she hugged our boy on his way to training, I wish more people would take their oaths seriously.
- Jan. 3: Gun Control and the Politics of Ignorance
- Jan. 2: Ted Cruz Vows to Lead Opposition to Dianne Feinstein’s Gun-Grab Bill
- Dec. 30: CNN’s Foreign Subversive Piers Morgan ‘Threatens’ to Leave U.S. Over Guns
- Dec. 30: Obama Promises 2013 Gun-Grab Bill; Warns ‘There Will Be Resistance’
- Dec. 28: Everybody Hates Piers Morgan