Retired Standing Army Brass Urge Congress to Neuter Militia with Infringements

“Potentially dangerous” is now a disqualifier? And if Gen. McChrystal is really concerned about training, why isn’t he reminding Congress of its duties in that regard? (Giffords/Twitter)

“Sixteen of the nation’s top retired military commanders are urging Congress to pass gun control legislation, arguing that there are many steps that can be taken to curb gun deaths that do not violate the Second Amendment,” The Washington Post parroted Saturday.

That’s a neat trick. It evokes nothing so much as a paraphrasing of Bill Clinton:

It depends upon what the meaning of the word “infringe” is.

Here’s the letter, being sent to Republican and Democrat Senate and House leadership under the banner of “Giffords,” formerly the Orwellian-named “Americans for Responsible Solutions.” That’s unsurprising because, as we’ve seen in past attempts at Second Amendment subversion, the Gungrabby Gabby Group has capitalized in the past by getting a high profile “Veteran’s Coalition” to sign on to its citizen disarmament agenda, including David Petraeus, Stanley McChrystal and others.

“As former military leaders, we took an oath to support and defend the Constitution and developed considerable expertise in the use of firearms,” the letter begins.  It then proceeds to ignore everything the Constitution has to say about the Second Amendment and devolves into narrative talking points that sound more like they were put together by Madison Avenue types than by fighting men who know what it would take for Congress to obey its mandate and ensure the people are armed and prepared to fulfill their duties as members of the Militia.

“[A]s members of the Giffords Veterans Coalition, we believe that there is much Congress can do to reduce gun violence without violating the Second Amendment — which we explicitly support,” they lie. Nowhere do they make good on their meaningless words and unequivocally explain how that can be done. Nor do they define what they believe the Second Amendment actually says and means.

So exactly what is it they “explicitly support”? Notice they don’t (and won’t) say.

Instead they write of “credible polling,” presuming subject matter competence from those whose knowledge of the right to keep and bear arms consists of what the ignorant/deceptive agenda media feeds them. And they follow with a litany of lies and misdirection to mask that what they’re really talking about is imposing prior restraints, enabling registration, denying to civilians non-sporting weaponry, funding anti-gun propaganda, enforcing existing Intolerable Acts and denying  due a fundamental right without process.

That’s after Nancy Pelosi ‘fessed up to a “slippery slope” where no concessions will be enough. Hell, the people they’re joining forces with just called for restrictions on muzzleloaders and even on shutting down websites.

These are the names of those who have chosen to take sides against your rights and with those who would take them from you:

Admiral Thad Allen, USCG (Ret.)

General Peter W. Chiarelli, USA (Ret.)

General Wesley Clark, USA (Ret.)

General Michael V. Hayden, USA (Ret.)

General James T. Hill, USA (Ret.)

Admiral James M. Loy, USCG (Ret.)

General Stanley A. McChrystal, USA (Ret.)

Admiral Eric T. Olson, USN (Ret.)

General David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, USA (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Russel Honoré, USA (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Claudia J. Kennedy, USA (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Norman R. Seip, USAF (Ret.)

Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney, USMC (Ret.)

Rear Admiral James Barnett Jr., USN (Ret.)

That the prominent military leaders signing the letter willingly lend their names and reputations to advance a naked power grab agenda speaks of loyalty going first to the establishment they serve. It ought to make all consider the fears the Founders had of a standing army.

Unlike Oath Keepers, the 16 generals and admirals on the list would obey orders to disarm the American people. Noting the subversive blather they have lent their names to, it’s fair to conclude they would happily issue them, especially if it meant even more personal advancement within the establishment.

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