‘No ma’am': Letter from U.S. Marine to Dianne Feinstein goes viral

no ma'am, US MarineThe following open letter, written by U.S. Marine Joshua Boston and headlined “No ma’am.,”  was posted in the CNN iReport on Dec. 27 with the included note from the producer and photo. It has struck a nerve with many and is being circulated around social media venues like Twitter and Facebook.

CNN PRODUCER NOTE: joshdb50 was a Marine and was deployed to Afghanistan between the years of 2004 through 2005. Although he is no longer in the military he acknowledges that he owns gun. He says he does not believe the government needs to know what guns he owns because he believes registration would lead to confiscation. He says the laws that are in place for gun control are plenty, and adding more laws will remove a means of defense for people. ‘I own the guns I own because I acknowledge mankind’s shortcomings instead of pretending like they don’t exist. There are evil men in this world and there just may be a time when I need to do the unthinkable to protect me or my family,’ he said.
– Jareen, CNN iReport producer

Senator Dianne Feinstein,

I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one.

I am not your subject. 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. I am the flesh and blood of America.

I am the man who fought for my country. I am the man who learned. I am an American. You will not tell me that I must register my semi-automatic AR-15 because of the actions of some evil man.

I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.

We, the people, deserve better than you.

Respectfully Submitted,
Joshua Boston
Cpl, United States Marine Corps

RELATED: Marine describes death threats for writing ‘No ma’am’ letter

A summary of the gun legislation proposed by Feinstein can be found in the following article: Senator Feinstein publishes proposed gun ban legislation

Breitbart’s Warner Todd Huston reached out to the retired Corporal and asked him what motivated him to write the open letter . The following is an excerpt from the published interview:

Warner Todd Huston: What drove you to post this reply to Senator Feinstein?

Joshua Boston: I’ve been seeing this nonsense about gun control in the news since forever. Senator Feinstein regularly touts the effectiveness of the first Assault Weapons Ban while pointing out the “loopholes.” So she proposes this new ban legislation. Given the tragedy that happened recently it has considerably more traction with folks, most who rely in some major way on emotions and what they’re being told by the media about these “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” My Windham Weaponry SRC sits in my home loaded and ready to be used should the need ever arise. It does not make me a criminal.

I’m sick of being told by people in Washington D.C. what is okay for me to own for my own personal defense while they enjoy the safety of many armed guards with better firearms than I have access to. It’s hypocritical.

WTH: In your opinion, what do you think the Second Amendment is for?

JB: Looking at the founder’s times and what they had just gone through, it was something they put in there for us should we ever find ourselves in their shoes and have to reassert, because of whatever manifestation of tyranny, our inherent right to freedom and liberty.

The entire interview is here.

CNN iReport



  • Wolfeatworld

    Joshua Boston is a great American. He walked the 'wall' for this country, and yes, he, and us, deserve better. I know, because I walked the 'wall.'

    Sam Page

    • Dave

      My e-mail address says enough

    • peggyjohnson

      Amen, Cpl. Boston. Thank you and all our military for your service to protect us and the freedoms we enjoy. We have so many people surrounding us, trying to destroy our great Nation and what it stands for. We must not allow it to happen. God bless you and all those like you willing to take a stand for right.


      Dear Joshua,

      Thank you, You've certainly expressed my feelings. Diane Feinstein has long been a voice of those who share the radical agenda of the LEFT, who use a 'knee jerk' emotional reaction to tragedy, and never miss an opportunity to use that tragedy to further their 'enslavement agenda." Her religion and god are LIBERALISM, although I have another couple of words for it. I've written her several times and have always gotten a form letter reply telling me how she knows better than I what is in our best interest, very condescendingly in tone. She is a "nanny," and believes she knows better than the rest of us just what is best for us. Yes, she is a hypocrite and should definitely retire GOD BLESS you, Josha, you are a PATRIOT. GOD BLESS a FREE AMERICA!!!

  • DonnieS.

    No truer words could ever be spoken, and the best part was that we deserve better than Ms Feinstein. We deserve much better than her, Obama, Pelosi, Reid and many other idiots that are suppose to be serving us.

  • Doug

    if youy want a free america you have to stand up for our gun rights, stand up and be counted

  • http://thepatriotspress.com David D.

    God bless this man for writing such a note, and God bless all of our men and women in uniform.

  • Carolyn Wheeler

    What a beautiful young man. Praise be to our Lord for creating someone with his courage.

  • Dave

    Nore shall I depart with any of my weapons. That is unless Obama and the AG decides to give me some like the Drug Cartel or the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

  • Patriot1742

    Thank you for your service and thank you for not backing down.

  • http://facebook Karen



    We need more people like you to speak up. I salute you. and thank you for helping to keep AMERICA FREE.

    GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL OUR VERERANS AND TROOPS May you have a safe an Healthy new year.


  • http://facebook David H Behrens

    Senators. Feinstein, Boxer, Reid, Baldwin and other left liberal, anti-gun zealots are going to push, force all their anti-gun propaganda all they can, to achieve their goals of banning all guns and to null and void the 2nd Amendment. Obama and Biden and Mayors Bloomberg and Emanuel are supporting all the left liberal, anti-gun zealots Unconstitutional bans, laws and destruction of the 2nd Amendment too…… Call them all, write them all and let them know that you also, will not tolerate or not accept their Anti-American, Traitorism behavior..

  • Antiobamunist

    I do not Trust a Government that doesn't Trust me.

    I only Fear a Government that doesn't Fear me.

    We are a Republic because the true definition of Democracy is Two Wolves and One Sheep deciding what's for Dinner.

    God Bless America, may she rise from the ashes of the Tyrants that currently control her.

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