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..This was an article that I replied to (at the bottom of the page) and then some guy named Rocky R. decided to put his two cents worth in to me and then to someone named LeeAnne. I took offense.

McChrystal says ‘serious action’ needed on gun control

. .By Claudine Zap | The Lookout – Tue, Jan 8, 2013.. .
Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday, Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said some weapons should be carried only by soldiers, not civilians.

“I spent a career carrying typically either an M16, and later an M4 carbine,” he said. “And an M4 carbine fires a .223 caliber round, which is 5.56 millimeters, at about 3,000 feet per second. When it hits a human body, the effects are devastating. It’s designed to do that. And that’s what our soldiers ought to carry.”

The general added, “I personally don’t think there’s any need for that kind of weaponry on the streets and particularly around the schools in America. I believe that we’ve got to take a serious look. I understand everybody’s desire to have whatever they want, but we’ve got to protect our children, we’ve got to protect our police, we’ve got to protect our population. And I think we have to take a very mature look at that.”

The general, who had to resign his position as commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan after a Rolling Stone magazine profile in 2010 that included unflattering comments about the Obama administration, is back in the public eye to promote his book, “My Share of the Task.”

The former military man told the show, “I think serious action is necessary. Sometimes we talk about very limited actions on the edges, and I just don’t think that’s enough.”

Asked what his message would be to the NRA and the House Judiciary Committee, he said, “I think we have to look at legislation. The number of people in America killed by firearms is extraordinary compared to other nations. And I don’t think we’re a bloodthirsty culture, and so I think we need to look at everything we can do to safeguard our people.”

Themerryinfidel • 21 hrs ago
I’m retired Army and I think the General is way off base. Glad I don’t serve under him…

Rocky R • 21 hrs ago
Please, are you going to milk that “retired Army” for the rest of your life?

Rocky R • 21 hrs ago
Oh, please LeeAnne. I’ve spent 35 years in public service, mostly education. Somehow, soldiers seem to think that they are an exception because they put two or four years in the service. Since you’re an NRA supported, per your reference to 2nd Amendment, I’ll just leave you with this: show me where the constitution explicitly states that you have the right to bear any and all arms. Restrictions on semi-automatic weapons are NOT undermining citizens’ rights under the 2nd Amendment. PS What have you done for your country?

Themerryinfidel • 3 mins 1 sec ago
First of all Rocko, I don’t “Milk” my Army retirement any more than you do your “35 years in public service, mostly education” bs. How dare you try to compare “service in the classroom” with service in the military??? You’re a buffoon. Soldiers receive hundreds of hours in weapons training and fire hundreds of rounds of ammunition before they ever get out of basic training. When they arrive at their permanent unit they receive thousands more hours of training, honing and sharpening those skills, before they put them to the test in actual combat. The average police academy spends about 110 hours in weapons training and most police officers never fire their weapon in the line of duty. Any idiot (even you, Rocko!) should realize that the average soldier is vastly more qualified and experienced in handling a weapon in a tense situation than your average police officer, yet you don’t seem to have a problem with police officers carrying weapons. The constitution gives us the explicit right to keep and bear arms. Show me where the constitution restricts that to only a CERTAIN TYPE of arm that must first be approved by a bunch of liberal imbeciles! You, and people of your ilk, reside in your safe little worlds COURTESY of the United States Military, and you have the gall to make disparaging comments about them. If you try to equate “35 years in public service, mostly education” to serving your country, you give yourself way too much credit sir…

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