LTC Bob Bateman, Oathbreaker
LTC Robert Bateman,
I have attached a link to a letter written for you and yours.
I am sure, as stated in your article, that you are very, very good at killing people. Perhaps that, rightly, gives you the stones to advocate as you do – as is your right. You also sound as if you are very, very comfortable with sending persons to their deaths. I am sure this is what makes you feel you have the right to involve local police forces, with whom you have no connection, in your scheme. I’m not sure that is your right.
In the end, I really appreciate the honestly expressed thoughts of those who oppose individual liberty, and who believe that the words written in the Constitution have some kind of significance apart from the natural laws they reflect. From my perspective, my right to defend myself and to possess the means to effectively do so exists irrespective of any parchment, and will exist regardless of any law. My right exists here in the US, it also exists every other place inhabited by an autonomous human being. This is the same as my right to speak, my right to express my religious beliefs, and my right to privacy in my person, places and effects. These are not political rights, and while they’re protected in the Bill of Rights, their existence is not temporal or subject to political revision.
Your public fantasy regarding the utter reduction of the individual gives me privilege to fantasize about the utter reduction of the authoritarian. I suspect your kill ratio will exceed mine, sadly. History’s lessons regarding the damage done by those willing to impose government will by force are long and irrefutable. Those lessons are particularly strong regarding populations the government is seeking to disarm, or who have been disarmed by the same government.
As for your ideal world, of government policies enforced by the sword, of populations slain or incarcerated for the status of possessing means to defend against the sword, I would choose not to live there, but I would not choose to leave quietly.
My best to your soldiers who have served honorably, many of whom likely take their Oath to the United States Constitution more seriously, sir, than you do.
With the respect that is deserved,
[LTC Bateman’s response and following dialog contained in comments]
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- It’s Time We Talk About Guns (esquire.com)
- It’s Time to Talk About Guns and the Supreme Court Read more: Bateman On Guns (ncrenegade.com)
- Current-serving Army LTC and Small Wars Journal contributor, having taken an oath to defend the Constitution, solicits a very large and bloody civil war upon the nation he swore to protect. (sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com)
- Evidence in Mitigation at the Internet Lynching of LTC Bateman (weaponsman.com)
- Lt. Col. Robert Bateman’s Response to A Patriot (ncrenegade.com)