Today’s NY Daily News ran an editorial claiming that the Congressional investigation into the ATF’s Gunwalker scandal is a red herring. It’s just the Republicans trying to score political points. “What we really need are tougher gun laws,” the headline and body copy proclaim. I find this analysis so appalling that I have nothing to say on the matter. Instead, I’d like to republish something that U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry wrote and kept on his person. It was on his body the morning that drug thugs wielding ATF-enabled firearms shot and killed the Marine, who never saw that his employer was aiding and abetting his enemy. Which is probably just as well . . .
If Today Is to Be the Day…So Be It
If you seek to do battle with me this day, you will receive the best that I am capable of giving.
It may not be enough, but it will be everything that I have to give and it will be impressive for I have constantly prepared myself for this day.
I have trained, drilled and rehearsed my actions so that I might have the best chance of defeating you.
I have kept myself in peak physical condition, schooled myself in the martial skills and have become proficient in the applications of combat tactics.
You may defeat me, but I’m willing to die if necessary. I do not fear death for I have been close enough to it on enough occasions that it no longer concerns me.
But, I do fear the loss of my honor and would rather die fighting than to have it said that I was without courage.
So I will fight you, no matter how insurmountable it may seem, to the death if need be, in order that it may never be said of me that I was not a warrior.