Joshua Boston, the Marine who has penned an open letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to register his opposition to her proposed ban on assault weapons and is being heralded by the right, appeared on Fox News Monday morning and compared gun control efforts to the policies of the Germany’s Third Reich.
Goaded by Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy to argue that the federal government is “going to come after your guns,” Boston likened restrictions on gun ownership to the policies of brutal dictators like Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler. He also called for the repeal of gun-free school zones. Fox News played portions of the interview at least three times during its Monday broadcast. Here is a sample:
DOOCY: I think you, like a lot of people Joshua, are worried that the federal government is going to come after our guns.
BOSTON: It’s something we’ve seen happen time and time again in history, with Stalin. It happened in Cambodia. Then of course the Third Reich. No one saw that coming until it was too late.
DOOCY: Well, of course, this was in the wake of the massacre up at the Newtown elementary school. Do you feel that any changes should be made to the gun laws as they are? I mean, there are 2,000 of them out there right now, in many cases simply not effective.
BOSTON: One change we need to really honesty look at is this idea of a gun-free zone. Essentially all it does is advertise a hunting ground for the predators in our society. It forces people to be disarmed.
“You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain,” Boston wrote in his latter to the senator. “I am not your subject,” he continues. “I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant.”
Feinstein has pledged to introduce legislation banning the sale, importation, and possession of assault weapons. It will also outlaw big clips, drums, or strips of big bullets. The measure would require registration of existing assault weapons.