“I, David Cole, having been appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the office upon which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
This is the oath which I swore for the first time in December of 1985, when I was commissioned as an officer of the United States Army. Some may believe that fidelity to the oath is no longer required once active service ends, but I see it differently. I swore that oath before God and as such, only God may release me from it. As long as I draw breath, that oath will remain my guide.
It is a shame that former officers Mark Kelly and David Petraeus do not see it as clearly. Forsaking this oath for political gain, they have formed an organization designed to infringe on the Constitutionally-guaranteed civil right to keep and bear arms. I can almost understand how a civilian, with a civilian’s political agenda, might feel it is appropriate to engage in this sort of activity, but an officer should know better. True faith and allegiance?
I think not.
You can read about the “Veterans Coalition for Common Sense” here if you like, but I have no time for quislings. I would say that anyone professing to possess “common sense” ought to be able to read the words “shall not be infringed,” and to understand that they mean exactly what they say. Armed with that common sense, no officer worthy of the title would actively organize and advocate for infringement. Aligned with the Michael Bloomberg-backed gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions, the Veterans Coalition for Common Sense is an anti-rights group, plain and simple.
The threat to the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution of the United States is real, and Mark Kelly and David Petraeus are joining in leading the attack, and violating their oaths as officers. I really do not have the words to express the disgust I feel with their behavior, so I will simply steal a line from Samuel Adams:
“May your chains rest lightly upon you, and may posterity forget you were our countrymen.”
— Dave Cole
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