Marc Sabins letter (McLachlan a Marine who wont be saluted, Herald, Feb. 28) shows a wide misunderstanding of what being a U.S. Marine is about.
OK. I, myself, am a U.S. Marine, First Marine Division, First Recon Battalion. I hope Sabin knows what that means. If he needs a refresher: first in; last out; also, swift, silent, deadly.
I support universal background checks for gun purchases. I oppose indiscriminate ownership of simulated assault rifles with high-capacity magazines (although I dont think limiting magazines to 10 rounds will deter mass violence). I support the rights of U.S. citizens to arm themselves adequately to protect their homes and families. I am resourced to do just that, and I dont need a .223 assault rifle for the purpose. If my home is threatened, I wouldnt be reaching out and touching an enemy at a range of 100 to 400 yards. Id be working in close.
I live by the two codes that govern U.S. Marine conduct in military and civilian life: semper fidelis (always faithful) and semper vigalans (always vigilant).
I openly invite Sabin to tell me Ive forgotten what the Marine Corps ethos means.
If U.S. Marine Mike McLachan feels that gun-control measures are needed to help protect against mass violence, he is, in fact, abiding by the most important role assigned to Marines: to be guardians:
If the Army or the Navy
Ever gaze on Heavens scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.