Chilling: US Army Lt. Col. vows to ‘pry your gun from your cold, dead, fingers’

Cold_Dead_FingersPrompted by a woman charged with killing another woman last weekend over the Alabama vs. Auburn college football game, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army is calling for a ban on handguns and is willing to “pry your gun from your cold, dead, fingers.”

In an editorial titled “It’s Time to Talk About Guns and the Supreme Court,” ran Tuesday in Esquire Magazine, Lt. Col. Robert L. Bateman rips the Supreme Court for a 2008 interpretation of the Second Amendment, singling out Justice Antonin Scalia for special scorn.

“You have got to be fking kidding me,” Bateman wrote in response to the ruling.

But what can you expect from a man who states that his job, “at the end of the day, is about killing.”

Bateman’s argument is a continuation of the myth that the Second Amendment is for a “well regulated militia,” and he points to the Militia Act passed in 1903 to support his argument.

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Quick to call others out for their ignorance, Bateman fails to understand that in defining the right to keep and bear arms, the Second Amendment clearly states that the right belongs to “the people,” not a well regulated militia. An elementary understanding of the English language tells us this much.

Upon establishing his case, the lieutenant colonel then offers his “suggestions.” That an officer in the U.S. Army is espousing such recommendations should be troubling to all:

1. The only guns permitted will be the following:

a. Smoothbore or Rifled muzzle-loading blackpowder muskets.

b. Double-barrel breech-loading shotguns. Hunting with these is valid.

c. Bolt-action rifles with a magazine capacity no greater than five rounds.

2. We will pry your gun from your cold, dead, fingers. That is because I am willing to wait until you die, hopefully of natural causes… When you die your weapons must be turned into the local police department, which will then destroy them.

3. Police departments are no longer allowed to sell or auction weapons used in crimes after the cases have been closed.

4. We will submit a new tax on ammunition. In the first two years it will be 400 percent of the current retail cost of that type of ammunition.

5. We will initiate a nationwide “buy-back” program, effective immediately, with the payouts coming from the DoD budget.

6. The major gun manufactures of the United States, less those who create weapons for the federal government and the armed forces, will be bought out by the United States of America, for our own damned good.

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  • The Grass Grows Green

    I would like to point out that the views of this boner do not represent the views of the U.S. Army, or other people firmly rooted in reality.

    • Nom Tacos

      No soldier in his/her right mind would follow this fuckass after saying this. also what is his MOS? sounds like a pog to me…

      • Timbones

        He claims to be Infantry. I’m betting hes sucking up to someone in the Obummer Administration in hopes of an assignment as special staff or something.

        • pineapple

          Possibly secretary of defense.

          • Timbones

            Yeah. That happens all the time. Or were you trying to be funny?

          • pineapple

            A tongue in cheek attempt to be sarcastic..

    • S.L. Rachford’s Ire

      Agreed. Also he is active duty which means he is violating Oath of Office by commenting on political issues and the Constitution. He is required by that oath to protect the Constitution no matter the issue. It is not his place. He can if he resigns. Which this Army Veteran has no problem with!

    • Rob Price

      I concur!! I’m retired Army, and he is a Bad Blemish on our Military!!!

  • PoppaCharlie

    I do not believe that the gentleman’s military status is truly significant. People in and out of uniform do rant, sometimes outrageously, and people who hear/read those rants are sometimes outraged, occasionally selectively.

    The Lieutenant Colonel has likely been called in for a discussion of the appropriateness of his associating his rank with his opinions and I doubt that any “high fives” were exchanged.

    • lhecker51

      This is not just some harmless rant. His comments bring into serious question his loyalty and integrity. Whether he knows it or not, he is obligated to fully support our Constitution to include the SCOTUS decisions. How this man remains in the military after such offensive comments is a true mystery.

      He swore to uphold and defend the Constitution. He should be relieved of command and forced to resign immediately as he has brought dishonor to the position he holds within the US Army. Fortunately, his views are in direct conflict with his primary accountability.

      • Sam

        You could say the same of the guy occupying the oval office..

        • pineapple

          You got that right!!

        • lhecker51

          My criticisms of the Idiot in Chief are much harsher. If the POTUS can get away with this much, what does it actually take to be impeached? I guess history would not look kindly on impeachment of the first black president. I guess we have to give him a pass and lower the bar yet again. We could elect black presidents into eternity and still be yoked by accusations of racism by the left. We will NEVER be a post racial society because too many well positioned folks make their money trading in racial division. Can’t have that well drying up.

    • Timbones

      His status is important. Soldiers get in trouble for Facebook posts and this clown is actually writing an editorial for a national magazine?

    • Liam58

      Exactly. Very well put.

    • dockilldare

      yea with the current political nature of our military he was called in and they pinned a medal on his chest.

  • gearbox123

    It’s discomforting to see that we have openly anti-Constitutional fascist assholes serving in the US Military.

    • pineapple

      Including the Commander-in -Chief!

  • AngryLibertarian

    Note, his email address is at the end of the article in Esquire. I hope to find his chain of command and I’m sending this to my Congressman and Senators. Leaders of U.S. troops can’t go around publishing this anti-Constitution B.S. I am awaiting his reply:

    Dear Lt. Col. Bateman,

    After reading your op-ed piece in Esquire, I have to wonder where you acquired your law degree. Where did you practice? Did you do a clerkship somewhere? You make no mention of this in your article, yet you presume to know more about Constitutional Law than the entire United States Supreme Court. Perhaps you took some online or correspondence courses.

    That aside, as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, you are sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United Stated of America – not some of it, not just the parts you agree with, but ALL of it, as it is written into law. Again, I feel compelled here to remind you that you are a commissioned officer in the Army, and not a politician: you are leading soldiers, and you are subject to follow the U.S. Code. This includes 18 USC 2387 and 2388. Your op-ed piece certainly seems, to me, to be in direct violation of these sections of the U.S. Code. Perhaps your intensive study of the law failed to include this.

    Adolf Hitler had men like you among his ranks. They disarmed the populace “for their own good” prior to exterminating millions. In the end, however, it did not work out well for those with evil intentions for there are always more patriots and heroes than can possibly be imagined. The disdain that you harbor for the citizenry you feign to defend is as subtle in your writing as your lust for blood. I fear you, sir, may be a lunatic about whom we read in the headlines soon. Is this op-ed piece a cry for help, a warning sign not to be missed? It seems extremist to me.

    You concern yourself most with the first 13 words of the Second Amendment, but the final 14 words are always to be remembered “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” as upheld by SCOTUS, D.C. v. Heller (7-290), and McDonald v. City of Chicago (08-1521). It is your SWORN DUTY to defend that, like it or not. If you disagree, perhaps it is time to retire your commission, sir.

    A. W.

    • Blomsoy

      Dear Angry Libertarian, Thank you very much for a fine
      and principled post/letter. Rare these days.

  • Todd Zeigler

    well hes older than i am so he wont be getting mine

  • Todd Zeigler

    hmmm its against the ucmj for active duty to comment or participate in political discourse. methinks a court martial is in order

    • pineapple

      Preferably followed by a firing squad.

  • Ronald Jackson

    I was never a Colonel but I was a Sgt. E-5 and I was and will never be a traitor to my country or my countrymen but between you and me if you are willing we can see which of us pries cold dead fingers from the others gun and I don’t it will be you, and just to let you know killing a traitor to my country would bring me great pride and I promise you it will not be fast and painless.

  • mcdonnal

    What Army is this goofball in? He has about as much credibility as Pee Wee Herman. I know many Army and Air Force Officers, my son is a retired Lieut,Colonel, former fighter pilot. I know of no real military men who hold such liberal, socialst views. I also knew some phony military Officers who bought their way into commissions thru the Guard and Reserve.

    • Bekonwao

      Fidel’s Army….

  • samazf

    Sounds more like Hitler to me.

  • Arden Hale

    The Constitution is not optional. Gun owners keep their guns and any army officer or enlisted man in any service branch who will not back the right of private citizens to defend themselves needs to be dishonorably discharged.

    • Eric

      The Constitution isnt followed by the commander in chief.

      • Arden Hale

        The great thing about the Constitution is that it tied up that possibility. See the 9th and 10th amendments. If the government fails to follow the Constitution the people can enforce it just as readily.

        • Jerry

          When do we get to do it?

          • pineapple

            When the s**t hits the fan.

        • camosoul

          But they won’t and don’t.

      • pineapple

        Nor are any other laws.

      • Michael Dunfee

        not by congress or the senate either

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