Skip to comments.Retired Military Leaders Demand That Congress Act Now to Reduce Gun Violence
Posted on 03/04/2013 8:28:07 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mayors Against Illegal Guns today released a new ad featuring retired military leaders calling on Congress to take immediate action and pass sensible gun reforms that will help stop the epidemic of gun murders that claims the lives of 33 Americans every day. The ad can be viewed at www.DemandAPlan.org/Military. It is being released on the same day that a group of retired military leaders including some of those featured in the ad is meeting with Vice President Biden to discuss proposals for gun violence prevention like requiring background checks for all gun sales, removing assault weapons and high-capacity magazines from our communities and making gun trafficking a federal crime.
Featured in the ad are Rear Admiral (Ret) James A. Barnett Jr. , USN; Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen A. Cheney , USMC; Major General (Ret) Paul Eaton , USA; RADM Malcolm MacKinnon III, USN (Ret); Lieutenant General (Ret) Charles P. Otstott , USA; and Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis , MD, USA.
"These men have stood in the line of fire in service to our country, and they speak with great knowledge of guns and the purpose of military-style weapons and ammunition," said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg . "I want to thank them for continuing to protect American lives even in retirement by helping to lead the charge for more sensible gun laws that will make our country safer."
"These generals and admirals are warriors, defenders, heroes and gun owners. They have witnessed the devastating effects of assault weapons, and more than anyone, they know that these weapons have no place in our neighborhoods," said Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chair and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino . "We are grateful to have these heroes join Americans across the country in the battle for legislation that will save lives and protect our children."
The ad will air throughout the week on Washington, DC cable and broadcast television. Full script of the ad and biographies of participants follows:
RETIRED MILITARY LEADERS DEMAND A PLAN
I know what guns can do.
Guns in the right hands protect us.
Guns belong on battlefields.
Guns belong in a place that's safe and secure.
Assault weapons are weapons of war.
Not for cowards to use...
.... in movie theaters.
.... in classrooms.
.... or on our streets.
As a General,
As an Admiral,
As a member of the Armed Forces,
As a gun owner, I demand a plan.
Rear Admiral (Ret) James A. Barnett Jr. , USN James Arden "Jamie" Barnett, Jr. is a retired Rear Admiral in the Navy and Navy Reserve. He has commanded several commissioned and reserve units, including Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 207, and he served on the ground in Saudi Arabia during DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. In 2002, Jamie Barnett proposed the establishment of the Navy Center for Personal Development (now called the Center for Personal and Professional Development) and served as its first Commanding Officer. The Center was very involved in the Navy's effort at suicide awareness and prevention. Upon being promoted to Rear Admiral, he served in the Pentagon as the Director of Naval Education Training. His last assignment in the Navy was Deputy Commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command in Little Creek, Virginia, which consisted of approximately 40,000 specially trained Sailors such as the Seabees, Explosive Ordinance Disposal personnel, Coastal Warfare and Riverine units. He retired in 2008, having served for 32 years.
Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen A. Cheney , USMC BGen Cheney is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has more than 30 years experience as a Marine. His career included a wide variety of command and staff positions with the operating forces and the supporting establishment. His primary specialty was artillery, but he focused extensively on entry-level training, commanding at every echelon at both Marine Corps Recruit Depots, to include being the Commanding General at Parris Island. He also served tours as Deputy Executive Secretary to Defense Secretaries Cheney and Aspin; ground plans officer for Drug Enforcement Policy in the Pentagon; liaison to the Congressional Commission on Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces; and Inspector General of the Marine Corps.
Major General (Ret) Paul Eaton , USA Major General Paul D. Eaton served more than 30 years in the United States Army, including combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia. As a major general he was assigned to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 as Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT), where he designed, manned, trained and equipped the Iraqi armed forces for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the security forces for the Interior Ministry. Prior to that assignment, he commanded the Army's Infantry Center and was Chief of Infantry for the Army.
RADM Malcolm MacKinnon III, USN (Ret.) RADM MacKinnon retired from the Navy in July 1990. His last assignment was as the Chief Engineer of the Navy and the Vice Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command. While on active duty RADM MacKinnon served in destroyers and qualified in submarines. He then became an engineering specialist, an Engineering Duty Officer, involved in the design, construction and maintenance of naval ships and submarines. He is a qualified diver and has also specialized in other aspects of ocean engineering-- small submersibles, deep ocean search and recovery, and salvage. He led the conceptual and preliminary designs of current submarines, notably the SSN-688 Class and the Trident Class, in the late 1960s. He was also the project officer for the design and construction of the Sealab II habitat, a milestone project in saturated diving and underwater living. He participated in the search for and recovery of the H-bomb lost off of Palomares, Spain in 1966. In the mid-1970s he founded and was the first officer in charge of the Engineering Duty School, Mare Island, CA. He served in shipyards, naval and commercial, culminating in a six year tour as the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Newport News, Virginia, building and repairing LOS ANGELES (SSN-688) Class Submarines and USS NIMITZ Class Aircraft Carriers.
Lieutenant General (Ret) Charles P. Otstott , USA LTG Charles P. Otstott, USA (Ret.) served as the Deputy Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee. While there, he was an active participant in many of the crucial decisions made at NATO during the dramatic collapse of the Soviet Union and the opening of the Eastern European states and the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union to western influence and ideas.
Prior to his two and one half years at NATO, LTG Otstott served as Division Commander of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, from July 1988 to January 1990. He was responsible for training and operational employment of the division, which routinely deployed units for joint and combined exercises with allies in Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, and Australia. He also directed and supervised major improvements in facilities management and in excellence of service to the people of the Schofield Barracks community.
From 1986 to 1988, he was the Commanding General of the Combined Arms Combat Development Activity (CACDA) at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He represented the user community in the determination and integration of requirements for weapons and equipment systems. Prior to 1986, LTG Otstott served as an Assistant Division Commander in the 1st Armored Division in Germany, as Executive to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) at SHAPE HQ, and as Chief of Staff of the 9th Infantry Division (HTLD) at Ft. Lewis after commanding a brigade in that division.
Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis , MD, USA Dr. Xenakis served 28 years in the United States Army as a medical corps officer. He retired in 1998, at the rank of Brigadier General. He held a wide variety of assignments as a clinical psychiatrist, staff officer, and senior commander including Commanding General of the Southeast Army Regional Medical Command.
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SOURCE Mayors Against Illegal Guns
But what do the people say?
Yup. Shameful bunch of ring knockers. Gen. McChrystal also stated that we don’t “need” assault weapons on the streets of America. Au contraire. I say we “need” even more than there are now. These guys are unbelievable. Unfortunately I have known quite a few mil officers that lean wayyyyyy left. Absolutely disgraceful. I remember the oath I took in 1967 and it had no expiration date and I am responsible to uphold it till my time is up.
Molon labe MF’s.
P.S. Proud to see you took McCarthy’s handle.
A military commission doesn’t prevent stupid.
To stop the vast majority of ‘gun violence’ you have to stop crime and criminals.
Do these folks want more jails? More prisons? Or fewer criminals. All work.
What does NOT work is taking guns away from law biding citizens.
Germans who wish to use firearms should join the SS or the SA, ordinary citizens don’t need guns, as their having guns doesn’t serve the State.
I could probably line up 8 or 10 flag officers to endorse bringing back debtors prisons or taking away women’s sufferage. So what?
My bus driver wears a uniform too. Do we have to listen to her ideas on guns as well? This crap makes me sick. Just because someone is a cop or in the military does not make them an expert on my constitutional rights.
Let’s see...nope...nope...this paragraph? Nope? This one? Nope Here? nope...There? nope....
Yep. Once again, absolutely nothing on mental illness. They even list a shrink and incredibly not one word on mental illness.
Just curious: Are these the same type of people who beat up on cars when a drunk driver kills someone?
All congress has to do to end mass gun violence is to outlaw antidepressants and similar drugs.
Every mass shooter has been on one of them.
Face it, the military in many in many important ways is a childish existence. In a way, it must be in order for them to function as a unit in combat. Rules must be strict and perfectly followed.
But it is also childish. We all have seen the military retiree who becomes the nusiance of the HOA, or the hall monitor of the neighborhood. They often deeply desire rigid structure and fear freedom.
The flip side is senior military leaders. They love exercising autocratic power, and miss weilding it.
These military leaders are traitors for trying to restrict freedom at home.
Not “mental illness,” just mind altering drugs.
Without the drugs, no mental illness will ever produce a mass shooter.
The drugs are the entire problem.
Hey look, a bunch of left-wing flag officers took some time off from swapping wives to make a PSA. How nice for them.
FU, Bloomberg. F your goosestepping uniformed lackeys, too.
Judging by the way they are buying arms and ammo, they are issuing a pretty clear warning to our would-be overlords. But will they heed it in time? Note to the retired military “leaders”: Starting a second civil war is not a “plan” for reducing violence, and that’s the minefield you and your ilk are presently tap dancing across. The people have had enough of your power madness.
If you don’t agree with the Constitution, which you swore to defend, go find another damn country to live in!
I was under the impression that they swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Evidently they are siding with the Constitution’s enemies.
Heros. Come on, flag wavers. These are your men.
Useful idiots all.
PS: I could imagine George S Patton slapping each and every one of these clowns across the face. They deserve ZERO respect.
Enemies of the Republic, anti-constitutionalists, fascists every one.
The lines are being drawn, soon the tanks will roll, are you ready to be reeducated in a nice quite lace in the middle of the desert where it is nice and warm.
Enemies of the Republic, anti-constitutionalists, fascists every one.
The lines are being drawn, soon the tanks will roll, are you ready to be reeducated in a nice quite place in the middle of the desert where it is nice and warm.
You can add these Arnolds to your list.
“These men have stood in the line of fire in service to our country..........”
Well, they sure as hell won’t be standing in the line of fire when/should I find it necessary to defend my life and/or the lives of my loved ones.
If these retired military folks were not also defending the our Constitution Liberty and Freedoms, they were simply collecting paychecks.
Well, the question is, are they.
What are "useful idiots"?
I'll take "painfully obvious answers..." for 200 next Alex.
It’s five guys They searched far and wide for whom you’re basing this on. How about the newspaper page full of retired generals who endorsed the opposition to Obama (I forget his name)before election day?
These people don't give a damn what "people" say.
My exact same thought...
Would B. Hussein Obama pass a background check for use of a firearm?
Seems to me that since he admits to illegally “shooting clay pigeons all the time” that he should be forced to take the firearms background check before pursuing firearms legislation.
Lead by example, that is the RIGHT way to do things!
I have never heard of any of these boot lickers....I don’t really give a rat’s behind what these yahoos think. They obviously are not defenders of the Constitution
A group of retired left leaning military leaders is meeting to discuss proposals for gun violence prevention like requiring background checks for... everyone except Barack Obama!
Let me salute all you guys... with my middle finger.
WADA BUNCHA PUTZIZ!
That is the point, they will stand in the line of fire, by reinstated command and control.
Absolutely agree. And so do the folks in this 2 minute video:
My guess is these clowns were "perfumed princes" or wannabes. Everything, even the military, is political inside the Beltway. There are lists of flag officers available to shill for any cause willing to make sure their pensions are uninterrupted, and speaking fees come by quicker and fatter. Best of all, they can become "consultants" if they perform well.
Under the UCMJ, the could not even hint at a political opinion while on duty. The second they retire, some of them are ready to run their mouths for any leftist cause that promises them "significance" after their lack-luster careers.
Aside from the fact that there is no sensible law which will further restrict the RKBA and accomplish a reduction in violent crime, what is an epidemic of "gun murders"? Who is murdering those guns, anyway?
This s**t is beyond weapons-grade stupid.
There may well be a segment of the population who won’t appreciate hearing that the military of the U.S. wishes to disarm the people. This ad could backfire.
I agree with Cheney, guns DO belong on battlefields. And the entire U.S. is becoming one of the biggest battlefields in history.
Traitors. One and all!
Are any of these people even slightly interested in addressing the real problem...mental illness?
My thoughts are if someone is considered to be too mentally ill to have a firearm do we really need them walking around free to murder people using vehicles, rocks, hammers, etc.?
Retired oath breakers...
I looked over the bios (above), and yes, zero combat experience for any of them. In any event, that these retired officers would allow themselves to be used as props for a purely political propaganda campaign is a disgrace.
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