Friday, December 21, 2012

A well regulated Militia, being necessary

I spent 4 years in the US Navy. The last year 'in-country' attached to Staff Weather, Naval Support Activity Da Nang Republic of Vietnam. Before leaving the US I attended something called CI3 School (Counter Insurgency School). 

CI3 school was a three week course; one week classroom, one week weapons familiarization, and one week POW training. They were so busy my group got to skip the POW training (being let loose in some mountains of southern CA and being hunted down by the instructors). We did, however, get plenty of weapons training. Because we were all sailors and the only weapons we knew about were 5"/38 cal deck guns we were introduced to every single weapon we may run into while in Vietnam. 

I learned a few of things the week I spent taking apart, putting back together again, loading, unloading and shooting all those weapons. 

The most important was that guns are for one thing and one thing only, and that is: They are for killing people. 

Another thing I learned is that they are dangerous devices just to have around, never mind how dangerous they are to actually use. 

If you do a survey of all the folks in the United States who enjoy guns I bet you will find the vast minority of them ever had any training like I underwent. When I got out of the Navy I never, ever had the desire to obtain a gun for personal use. 

These devices (non hunting guns) are only for war. 

These devices (non hunting guns) are only owned by emotionally insecure and immature people who do not understand what they are and what they are actually for. 

I do not support new gun control laws I support the total ban of guns. These things are completely and totally useless in modern civilized society.

One more important point. The second amendment of the constitution of the United States of America is all about what it takes for "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State ..." to work properly. 

What this means is that if you feel the urge to '...bear arms...' then get yourself into the Armed Forces and do not bother me with your specious arguments about personal gun ownership! 

We have a group of very well regulated militias they are called, The United States Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.

And finally ... Do not talk to me about interpretations of the US Constitution by Supreme Court... that most august body is now and has been since the founding of the Republic a political body that finds its interpretations according to its own feelings and the feelings of the times they find themselves serving in.


  1. Well, that's prettty much the way I feel, but sometimes I do feel like Jack Nickelson's "Joker" in Tim Burton's first "Batman" . . . "Where does he get those incredible toys!M

  2. There is no doubt that 'Playing-With-The-Toys' is a very exciting thing to do ... When I was 20 years old and going through CI3 school that is just how I felt.

    As I matured and left my adolescence behind I left the toys behind too. I think one of the very basic reasons I am not a gun person goes all the way back to my first encounter with guns. That was going out to "Uncle Headley's Cabin" with my father during Thanksgiving holiday and shooting at targets and tin cans. My Dad, the old Marine, made sure that every single precaution was exercised by everyone who was out there. He ran that event like a shooting range in the Marine Corps. No one ever did anything out of line and we knew everything was totally serious. These were real guns and this was not a game. The idea that serious situations and guns went hand in hand was known from my very first encounters with them.

  3. In light on this article "" my references to the US armed forces could be replaced by references to the various States National Guard units.