Don’t Mess With The 2nd

“Here’s my credo. There are no good guns, There are no bad guns. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing. Any gun in the hands of a good man is no threat to anyone, except bad people.”-Charleton Heston

“Self defense is not only our right, it is our duty”-Ronald Reagan

As could be expected, the recent shooting incidents in Atlanta and Boulder have driven the anti-gun crazies out of their holes and back into the sunlight. Let me make something clear. If you are anti gun  and want to write about it, that’s fine. Write about it until you are blue in the face. But please, if you choose to do that, write in a literate manner. Form complete sentences, use the correct words and most of all, make sense. I wrote a commentary back in November about gun control and here is a reply that I received yesterday.

The simple answer us that you are simple. You gave no need of guns. What are they protecting you from? Someone drops a bomb on your house, no more you. But the guns, likely there for someone else to steal to use against members if your family. Yea, protection.
One pistol might be considered oritection. An arsenal, you guns are a menace to your community.

Ah yes, nothing like a well thought out argument that is presented in a logical format for readers to see. It is unfortunate, but this reader has done nothing to help his cause except show me how illiterate he is. I wish he would have explained how my guns were a menace to my community because the last time I checked, they hadn’t attacked anyone yet.

So, what do I have to offer this fellow blogger? First, do your homework on gun ownership. Second, please take a writing class so your responses make sense. Third, get a copy of the Constitution. Read it and gunderstand it.

If you need help understanding it, I’m always here to help.

Whether you like it or not, our Constitution is what guides the citizens of this great country. If you haven’t guessed, I am a firm believer in our Constitution and this is how I live my life. I am given the right to own weapons and I choose to do so. Just as an FYI, I learned how to shoot from the experts, the USMC. So I am a “responsible” gun owner.

The bottom line is this-I do not pass judgement on the fact that you may not want to own guns so please do not do so because I do. Your logic is faulty and non-existent.

Semper Fi GySgt Kyle Wetter

You would hope that if your family was involved in a life and death situation, that someone would come along and render the assistance needed to keep your family alive. Although the police and State Troopers do patrol our highways, often times they can be minutes away from an accident and those minutes could cost lives.

This is when Marine Gunnery Sgt Kyle Wetter sprang into action on December 7th. Stationed at Camp Pendleton, he was driving in Fallbrook, California and noticed that two parents were trying to save their 18 month old baby from their burning car, which was now fully engulfed in flames. He told a local news station that, “Seatbelt was locked. The dad wasn’t going to get it out as much as he tried, other than taking the baby out of the seat, and even at that point, the fuel tank could’ve ruptured on the car.”

Obviously a perilous situation, the father of triplets ran into the car with a knife and freed the young child. The Gunny feels that what he did can be viewed as a learning experience for others. He said, “What I would hope is anybody in my situation would help out. We’re all in this together. This life of ours is not just a single person — you’re not in it alone. And that’s what I took away from it. If my wife and my children were in that car, I would hope there was someone like myself that was willing and able to help out.”

And I echo the sentiments of this Marine. If it were my family in the same situation, would someone come along with the same set of yarbles to save them? I would hope so.

This year with COVID, it has been all to easy to retreat to the comfort of our homes and not pay much attention to what is going on around us. But things happen every day where you can make a difference. It may not be as flashy as saving a life from a burning car, but our families and neighbors still need us, and you may need them. Remember, it’s the little things in life that make a big difference.

I know that it sounds cliché, but we really are in this together.

So, this outstanding Marine, maybe on his way home, saw a family in need and stepped in to do what he could without thinking about his own safety. For my fellow Marines out there, isn’t that what we were trained to do? Whether it was five years ago or thirty five?

Semper Fi Gunny!

Sgt. Philip D. Doyle, USMC

After every snowstorm we have, our road always turns into a undrivable nightmare. So, for the last few days I have been driving my wife to work so she won’t have to take her front wheel drive car off of the hill with the chance that she might not get back up. Why am I telling you this? I do have a reason.

My wife currently works at a school for children with special needs about fifteen minutes from where we live. When we first drove to the school when she was applying for her job, I noticed the flags of all of the military services flying with the American Flag. It struck me as kind of odd because schools usually do not have military flags anywhere near them.

So yesterday, when I went to pick her up, the only space available was directly in front of the USMC Flag. Being a Marine, I kind of laughed and sat back to continue reading, coincidentally enough, E.B. Sledge’s, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, a book that I had read a couple of times already.

As the sun lowered in the sky just a bit, it highlighted a memorial plaque on the flagpole and I got out to take a look at it. From my jeep, I thought the last name looked familiar, and I was surprised to see the name Sgt. Philip D. Doyle (no relation of course).

To say the least, I was a little shocked that this Marine had been killed during the Battle of Okinawa in May of 1945 and I was reading a book on the same subject. When I got home, the first thing that I did was Google his name and sure enough, this Marine was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for actions during the Battle. Here is what his Silver Star citation read:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Philip Dunwoodie Doyle (MCSN: 450993), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Platoon Guide of Company L, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, SIXTH Marine Division, during operations against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 2 April 1945. When his platoon was pinned down by the merciless fire of a numerically superior enemy, and reduced in strength by many Marine casualties, Sergeant Doyle unhesitatingly rushed across open terrain under intense small-arms fire and swam a deep irrigation ditch to inform his company commander of the desperate plight of his men. Then, leading a relief unit in a successful flanking movement, he rejoined his platoon and directed the evacuation of the many wounded. By his utter disregard for personal safety, his cool courage and initiative, he was responsible for saving the lives of several of his comrades who otherwise would have perished. His heroic conduct throughout the engagement reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

Semper Fi to this fine Marine and may he rest in peace.

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Sorry General Mattis, You Are Way Off On This One…

Having spent four years in the Marine Corps in my youth, I still identify with those Marines of the past as well as those currently serving. Obviously, I am a bit up there in age and couldn’t do many of the things that I used to be able to do, but I can say that the four years I spent serving the USA were four of the best years of my life. Being in the Corps helped shape my work ethic, my love of the Constitution and the ever lasting belief that America is the best country on earth.

It is for that reason that when I hear that General Mattis, a true legend among Marines, comes out and says that Biden should drop Trump’s idea of America First, I am sad. Sad and pissed off. I don’t know about the other services, but I joined the Marines because they are the best and that they have a mystique and a history that can not be touched by any other service.

Mattis says in an op-ed that he wrote in Foreign Affairs that, “an isolated America is a vulnerable America.” I couldn’t disagree more.

We don’t have to give up the belief that our country is the greatest country that has ever existed and still is. We can still hold that belief and engage other countries diplomatically. It is when liberal ideologies enter into the equation that our country suffers. We saw it with Obama/Biden, with a slashing of the military budget, and cutting the number of folks that want to stay in the military. These are policies that truly weaken our military and in turn make us vulnerable as a nation.

Mattis believes that, “as powerful as the United States might be militarily, its interests are best served when it can count on a group of reliable allies to further its goals instead of a threat of force.” I will say it again, this can be done without showing weakness.” He goes on to say that, “Continued failure to adequately invest in relationships with allies and partners and to cooperate with them to shape the international environment risks the erosion of this network… Even worse, it could result in the emergence of other, competing networks, presaging an international order from which the United States is excluded, unable to influence outcomes because it is simply not present.” 

All of that can be accomplished while at the same time not giving in to the UN and NATO as well as the false leftist belief that we need to be a “Global” nation. Other nations that rely on force and ignore diplomacy (Iran, Iraq and Syria) won’t be fooled by a phony kumbaya moment and will use that against us. Much to the chagrin of Obama, other countries did not like us as we turned into the embarrassment of the entire world.

Other countries may not care for Trump’s version of diplomacy, but that is because he doesn’t take crap from anyone. They knew that any stupidity directed at the USA would be met with a very unequal response from our military. As it should be. Sometimes we just have to send a message when things go south. In a Harris/Biden administration, however, this will not happen. If I remember correctly, Biden was against taking out Bin laden. That alone tells you how much trouble we are in for the next four years.

But to return to my point, General Mattis is 100% wrong on this one. If anything, he should stay in his lane and do what he undoubtedly does best, and that is kill people that hate us and want to destroy our way of life. I used to think that General Mattis was just about at the same level of the beloved Chesty Puller, but not anymore.

God Bless the Marine Corps and God Bless the United States of America.

Veterans Day

Today is veterans day. Over the course of this countries great history millions of people, both men and women have made the choice to put all else aside and decide to serve this awesome country. They have served anywhere from two years to over thirty, but one thing is clear in all of the cases. They made a choice to defend the USA. During times of war, the cold war, and during peacetime, veterans have been sent throughout the world to ensure that we remain the most powerful country in the world. And even today, we are still that.

Some folks, however, would like for you to believe that our military is not a force for good. That our sole purpose is to invade other nations and impose our will on other people. It is obvious, however, that this is not the case. I would even venture that many, if not all of the countries where we have bases feel comfortable with our presence.

So this is a day of remembrance for our countries veterans. Even on a day such as today I ask that you also think of those who are currently serving. While many of us served many years ago, and some within the last few years, the members of the military of today have different challenges that they face. And as with all prior members of the Armed Forces, they do so without question.

On this day I say God Bless the Veterans of the Unites States, current members of the military and especially the Unites States of America.

Semper Fi Marines!!!

Happy Birthday!!!

Today, November 10, 2020, is the 245th Birthday of United States Marine Corps. Without a doubt they have been and continue to be the worlds finest fighting force. Sure, other branches have their elite units, but the Corps overall produces the finest trained warriors in the world. The Commandant issued the following message:

10 NOVEMBER 2020 A MESSAGE FROM THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS If there were a watchword for 2020, the shortlist would certainly include ‘change,’ ‘uncertainty,’ and ‘adaptation.’ This new dynamic and uncertain environment has impacted how we recruit and train Marines, deploy aboard ship, and even how we honor our Corps’ hallowed traditions. But adapting to change and uncertainty is nothing new for Marines. It is what we have done for 245 years and what is expected of us as the Nation’s force-inreadiness. Where others see challenges, Marines see opportunities. We don’t take a knee. We will always be ready to answer the nation’s call, no matter the crisis. In a world of seemingly relentless change and uncertainty, some things remain constant–our core values: Honor, Courage, and Commitment. These values are at the very heart of our ability to be, “most ready when the Nation is least ready.” It’s honor that gives us an uncompromising sense of personal integrity and accountability; courage that allows us to face any circumstance with an ironclad resolve to do what’s right; and commitment that binds us together as a family and drives us toward excellence. And while our core values might never change, the way we give life to them requires constant vigilance. This year’s national conversations about race remind us that we must all do better to embody our service’s values. Commemorating the 245th birthday of our Corps offers us a chance to reflect on our history. We who serve today stand upon the shoulders of giants. While this year’s many challenges are significant and unique, they are not unprecedented, and it is important to remember that our Nation and Corps have endured difficult times in our past. This year, for example, marks the 75th anniversary of brutal battles in the Pacific; when soldiers of the sea defined the term “uncommon valor” on the black sands of Iwo Jima; the 70th anniversary of bitter fighting at Inchon and Chosin Reservoir; 55 years since Marines landed at Da Nang; and a decade since our struggle with the Taliban in the Helmand River Valley. We remember the service and sacrifice of all Marines, and honor the legacy passed down through generations. Our continuing obligation is to honor their legacy by making meaningful contributions to what they started. From the past, we draw strength, pride, and a responsibility to carry on the warfighting heritage our predecessors built. We must also recognize our tradition of continuous adaptation–one that should inspire our current force modernization and innovation efforts. As has been the case in the past, today’s threats require us to fight as a cohesive team, and our ability to succeed will depend on the Honor, Courage, and Commitment of each individual Marine. From recruiting individuals of great intelligence, strength, spirit, and diversity, to evolving how we train, educate, and mentor Marines throughout their careers, we remain dedicated to developing the world’s finest warfighters, guided by our core values. In a year of significant change and uncertainty, I am reminded of the words of American novelist, John Dos Passos, “In times of change and danger when there is a quicksand of fear under men’s reasoning, a sense of continuity with generations gone before can stretch like a lifeline across the scary present…” Never forget, what you do today becomes the foundation for the generations of Marines that will follow. There is no challenge we cannot overcome, together, by holding fast to our core values. Happy 245th Birthday Marines.

Instead of trying to add to this, I’m going to let what the Commandant wrote stand as the Birthday wish to all Marines, retired, active duty and those who served “one hitch.” We also have to keep in mind those Marines who have given their lives for Country and Corps.

Happy Birthday to all Marines!

Semper Fi!!

“From My Cold, Dead Hands”

This year has been a challenge for everyone in this country. From the pandemic to the election, emotions been running high and will probably not improve for some time to come. One of the major indications of this is the exponential increase in gun sales since January.

Many people decided with the lockdown that being armed was better than not being able to protect yourself. As the election neared and it looked as though Biden may win, Americans began buying guns at an unprecedented rate.

Next to the 1st Amendment, the 2nd is equally as important if not more at this point in history. With several politicians on the left calling to make “lists” of the folks who supported Trump, it only seems logical to make sure that you are ready when they come knocking at your door. Of course I am in no way condoning the use of violence, but with the rioting we have seen and the lefts inability or unwillingness to put a stop to them, it is best to be prepared.

Both Biden and Harris have said that they want to severely curtail a citizens ability to buy and own weapons. The left has shown us time and again that they will not be happy until they confiscated every weapon we own and abolish the 2nd Amendment. We have to stand up to this assault on our liberties and fight for what is right.

Owning a weapon is a very personal decision to make and no one but the owner should be making it. Not some left wing politician who is trying to score points with their base. As I noted above, people make the decision to arm themselves for a variety of reasons. It could be because they live far enough outside of society that if they called the police in the event of an emergency, they may not make it there in time to stop a crime.

On the other hand, they may live in a high crime area where a weapon for protection is needed in order to not only feel safe, but to be safe. Once again, it is a decision that the potential gun owner should ne making, not a politician.

With owning a firearm comes great responsibility. If you are prior military or law enforcement, I know that I am confident in your ability to own a firearm in a responsible manner. If you are neither, you should be taking classes on how to effectively and responsibly handle a weapon.

A good example of this is this left wing militia group NFAC. I have seen videos of their “training” and they are very lucky that they have not killed anyone. However, I do believe that this will happen in time.

So my point is this-we have to make sure that we put a stop to any attempt by the left to take away our God given right to own a weapon. If you don’t like guns, don’t own one. The left has shown their true colors over the course of the last nine months, so I am 100% behind the late, great Charlton Heston when he said, “From my cold, dead hands.”