I enlisted in the U.S.M.C. as an E-1 Pvt. Some of my best life training was in the Corps. I learner all about auto & semi-auto weapons and it saved my life in Vietnam. After 2 yrs. in the Corps, I went to flight school and became a Marine Aviator. I flew over 1,000 missions in Vietnam and am one of the few pilots that received a C.A.R. and Air Medals.. Yeah, I got shot down and got, personally shot, 3 times. I remember combat journalists costing Marine lives when they demanded to be taken to the front lines during intense fire fights. I had to leave 200 lb. of ammo behind just to take the journalist to the fighting. Initially, I refused to take him but he called the Battalion C.O. , who ordered me to take the man. I advised the Col. that he would be requestiong a return flight shortly, because the fighting was so intense. Sure enough, after I dropped him off and left with a load of wounded Marines, I heard a call on the Tac. Freq. requesting a journalist be lifted out of the fight. We had to leave a wounded Marine in the field to save his sorry ass. I have never had any respect for jornalists since.
Marines don't need automatic weapons. My weapon of choice was a sniper rifle. A bolt action, Winchester Model 70, .270 Cal. No one could get within 1/2 mile of me.
I can relate to the Marines' unwillingness to register his weapon. Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and others used the same method to control the population. I'm not saying the status of my weapons because I am an American and am responsible enough to own and use them. Don't try to take my guns.
Semper Fidelis Marines (no one else understands)
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