Ragnar Danneskjöld writes:
I am a veteran. I spent most of my adult life serving to protect this great nation, these United States of America. I have made many sacrifices, suffered hardships and put my life in jeopardy countless times. I did not do this for the pay, medals or military discounts. I did it because I believe it makes a difference and someone needs to do it.
I swore an Oath that included these words: “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,…” There is no expiration on this oath, it will define who I am for the rest of my life.
These words are important now, more than ever. Our country is under attack, within our own borders. It is under attack by foreign inspired terrorists that despise our culture. It is under attack by misguided career politicians, drunk with power that want nothing more than to secure even greater power. It is under attack by a media apparatus that is a propaganda tool of the elite ruling class.
This has become even more obvious, following the recent terrorist attack in Orlando. An individual, inspired by evil Islamic Jihadists targeted a group of Americans because of imagined offenses. Many of our elected officials ignored the cause of this attack and forwarded their misguided political agenda by blaming guns.
Guns are a tool. I used them in the military to accomplish our mission and most of all, to protect myself and those around me. Law enforcement officers use the same tools for the same reason. As an American citizen; self-defense is a primary consideration. Civilian ownership of firearms also serves a mission. That mission is to be prepared to form the Reserve Militia to back up the Federal and State government’s forces. Without civilian ownership of military-type firearms in common use, their capability as a backup to the military is severely diminished.
Following these recent terrorist attacks, in California, Texas, Tennessee and most recently in Florida, as well as in Europe, our government should be encouraging and assisting our citizens to be armed and prepared. Unconstitutional laws limiting “assault weapons” should be rescinded. State and federal programs should be instituted to provide assistance in arming and training the People.
There may be little chance that my personal rifle, or the arms of the People may be needed. However; I keep an umbrella in case it rains, a spare tire in case of a flat, a first aid kit in case I get hurt and a fire extinguisher in case I cook. I hope to never need any of these things, but bad things happened and the prepared can often stop a bad thing before it gets worse.
We have a duty, not just to ourselves and our loved ones, but to our nation, to be prepared. Take responsibility and continue to ensure that we are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to preserve our freedoms. I certainly hope that all the sacrifices my fellow veterans and I made, were not in vain.
I ask all veterans; stand for what you believe in, to honor your Oath. Be active in the voting booths, at the ranges and online. Follow orders, follow your conscience, but let the U.S. Constitution guide your actions.